Unlike Table Mountain with it's cable car access, Lion's Head is a mountain that can only be accessed via climb/hike/crawl. Over 2,000 feet above sea level, the mountain is pretty steep and provides a dramatic backdrop over Cape Town, as pointed out below by my beautiful fiancée (more of that love story later).
We started out so happy and fresh faced before making the ascent...
up this well designed path.
Rather quickly we found ourselves above the clouds...
and the path became a bit more treacherous.
Then came the first of several ladders/hooks/chains to grab on to whilst going higher and higher.
I allowed Victoria to climb the ladder first. She twerked on it instead. Standard.
Up ahead, the struggle got real. If you zoom in close enough you can see the people walking on top of the rock. At this point the camera went away and both my hands were put to use, grabbing on to the rocks and getting us that little bit closer to the top.
Then, as if by magic we reached the top.
I felt like Mufasa at the peak of Pride Rock. A glorious moment.
Then came a few pondering shots overlooking my favourite city.
My photographer started to get a bit artsy.
I thought it was best to take over. As pointed out below, the views of Table Mountain looked like a cardboard cut-out. The city's beauty never ceases to amaze me...
neither does my fiancée's.
Unfortunately that couldn't be said for a few of the other climbers who had to be airlifted off the mountain. We counted three different helicopter trips during our three hour hike. It's unsure whether they managed to twerk themselves off the top.