3 peaks and more

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Running out of time to fit in my annual leave I decided to tag on a week ahead of my planned family ski holiday and pop down to South Africa. Back to Cape Town.

This time a rather generous friend had offered the loan of their rather beautiful flat, which is always nicer than being stuck in a souless hotel.

The South African’s are well known for their love of outdoor pursuits so ‘when in Rome’ as they say! There is an annual race in Cape Town called the 3 peaks…a race summitting the 3 mountains for Cape Town quel surprise…Devils Peak, Table Mountain and Lions Head.

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Sadly I wasnt around for the real deal but the whole thing sounded rather fun so I decided to create my own version!

devils-peak-summit

Now, they manage to fit it all in one day which involves a sunrise start time…I’m keen but not THAT keen…but not wanting to seem too feeble I decided to split it over 2 days but add in an extra ‘peak’…the 4th (much MUCH smaller) Signal hill.

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lions-head-summit

It was all good fun although full respect to the guys who do this in one day – after peak 2, Table Mountain, I was ready for a stiff drink and a good feed rather than being up for climbing peak 3!

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maclears-beacon-table-mountain-summit

All in all the whole week was utterly fantastic. South Africa really is such an utterly brilliant place. Other highlights…an open air sunset concert in the botancial gardens,

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pancake day in the sunshinepancake-day

a rather boozy wine tour and a day of sandboarding!

at-the-start

What a riot sandboarding is…you hike up the side of a sand dune, strap a plank to your feet and point your board down the dune….then off you go. At the bottom, unstrap your feet and start climbing again (no chair lifts here!)

on-the-way-up

 

total-wipe-out

There were plenty of spectacular wipe outs and it’s just incredible the places you find sand literally days after ‘riding the dunes’

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1 Comment

  1. sherly158 said,

    March 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    i’m just a random passerby and i’m loving the pics alot 😀 pretty scenery~:)


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