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The best hike in the world up Lions head

The best hike in the world has to be lions head, okay so I haven't actually hiked up a lot of mountains around the world but that's just a minor detail, which I'm hoping to change soon. Anything to do with the outdoors just gets me excited, the fresh air, the scenery, my legs burning as I'm climbing higher and higher, asking myself why I do these things. But climbing up Lions Head is a little different, sure it's steep and your legs burn, but I kind of like that. The trail winds around the mountain and gets steeper and higher the closer to the clouds you get.

For those of you that don't know, I'm leg shakingly scared of heights, or maybe it's just... I kind of like to live and I don't want to go plummeting 100 feet to the ground. Come on Dillon, you can do this, just don't look down, oh crap, I looked. My legs shake but I make it up those ladders that edge over steep cliffs overlooking deadly drops. I get closer to the top to find that you have two options, the easy route climbing up a steep rock face or walk around the long way like a pansy. Of course I have to act mucho so I go up the face, holy crap it's high. But in the end I did it, I made it all the way to the top and I have some amazing pictures to show for it. Worth it? I think so.

The views are spectacular and after the adrenalin rush of climbing up the peak, I could relax and take photos and chat with friends over how high we were, and what we were going to eat for dinner. The sun was setting and it was time to head back down the mountain. Going down seemed easier, well at least it didn't seem as scary or as high for some reason. We made it to the bottom, legs burning, adrenalin filled and hungry like lions. And following on the South African tradition we went home and had the most epic braai from one of the most epic braai masters in the world, my friends dad Uncle Raymond.

What an awesome day. A day I'll remember for a long time to come.

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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