GUEST POST by Daniela Mizrahi Abrahamson
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I should have been at the pool. Cocktail in hand.
The morning of the big hike, I still was not sure that this was for me,** but I wanted to prove to myself that 1) I could do something physical on vacation other than raising a wine glass to my mouth and 2) my almost one year of Pilates was actually working! So, off we went…
|Five minutes in - So far, so good.|
(Note the dryness of Scott's T-shirt)
The beginning of the hike was a dirt path, which although steep, was totally manageable*** so I, and our group, was feeling good. On we went and the dirt path changed to a slightly rocky path and then the slightly rocky path turned into a steeper, more jagged rocky path… and then came the ladders, chains and metal stepping stones. All the women deftly handled this first obstacle.
The next portion of the hike was the trickiest. One option was to hoist yourself up on small metal footholds and carry your own weight on chains up a vertical face of a boulder…. Needless to say it was out of the question for me, but the fittest members of the group, including Dave [DSM: that's right, one of the fittest members of the group!] in his stylish hat, went full force up the rocky, chained side of a mountain (we would later learn that this treacherous shortcut cut the trek down significantly).
Who's bringing sexy back?
And let me be the first to admit, that despite the difficult terrain, the view from the top was indeed spectacular. And we all felt a sweaty, overheated sense of accomplishment that we were able to make it to the peak of Lion’s Head!
|Success! The group at the top of Lion's Head.|
|Just one of the spectacular views of Camp's Bay from the hike.|
*Dave made no mention of his supertrekking experience and abilities at this point, making us all wonder why/how on earth he become so nimble?!?!
**My previous hiking experiences mostly ended in my parents leaving me mid-trail in tears and coming to collect me on the way back from whatever beautiful sight they had seen.
***I was told that there would be one, and only one chance to stop and go back down the mountain, but if giving up wasn’t an option, it was the point of no return.
**** Scott alleges that he refused to scale the wall so that he could look after the women in the group. The real reason is that he is soft.