After last week’s hike/trail run, I caught a cold with flu symptoms but I don’t think it was from Lion’s Head but from my cousins the Friday before as half of them are sick. I wasn’t planning on doing a Solo hike but my lift to our club hike overslept (again) so had to make alternate plans with Platties being my goto hike.
Long story short, I only get to car park at 7:20 and get an old hiking buddy. We chat for a bit and off I go to answer the call of nature and check in with Tracking at 7:25 with an ETA of 9:30. It’s been a while that I start hiking Platties when it’s already light and the sky views of the sun rising was simply spectacular! And so was the weather J but still no Earthing today as I don’t want to catch Pneumonia or Bronchotis so keep my boots on \o/ (this time)
Fareed and I are having a fat chat and I initially hike at his pace but eventually go ahead and only stop to take photos and blow my nose. I’m going at an easy breathable pace as I don’t want to cough my lungs out nor give my heart that extra strain. Excessive exercise while sick can give you a heart-attack. Even my cousins warned me about hiking with the flu but I have hiked while sick before and felt way better afterward. I know not to exert myself and besides, I’m pretty sure that breathing in the scent of fynbos has medicinal properties (don’t quote me on this!)
With the cable car closed for their annual maintenance, there are not that many hikers which means not that much litter. I considered picking up the litter going up but that means carrying it up and down again so left it so long. Shortly after the halfway mark (I assume it’s halfway) I see another old hiking buddy sitting on the path \o/ I stop and chat with him for a bit while Fareed is catching up but I shortly leave both of them.
Now 2 other ladies and myself are ‘playing tag’ as we pass each other whenever we take breathers and I notice that the path higher up is quite eroded (or Sanparks is doing some maintenance) and also notice that people are making new paths towards bushes and a netted ‘sack’ of rocks which is going to fall should there be a significant downpour. (Saeed, I forgot to notify you of this so please do your thing ^_^ )
I see a familiar couple who was also picking up litter on the route once but they were not picking up litter today. Also saw the guy who always does Platties barefoot and before I thought him nuts but now I smile when I see people Earthing 🙂
The sun only made its appearance about ¾ of the way up and now I’m breathing heavily and mentally thank Shamiel for the extra tissues as I’ve used all mine up by now. Hikers who passed me on the way up is already coming down and this still slightly annoys me (faster, stronger, fitter hikers lol) Well, they are more trail runners than hikers but still)
Finally peaked Platties at 8:40am and another lady and myself take photos of each other as she’s waiting on her buddy. I’m hiking on my own so not waiting on anyone really but I do actually wait for Fareed and Shamiel to give them koesiesters.
Fareed is up first and gave the koesiesters to him with coffee. Shamiel comes up shortly after and walks around like someone who lost his lungs somewhere hehe. Fareed ate both the koesiesters so nothing for him unfortunately. The other ladies wanted to go down the cable car as one of them is also sick but informed them that the cable car is closed for annual maintenance and there was a notice on the board at the start of the hike.
We ask another hiking acquaintance to take a group photo of us before I make my way down again at 8:55. (Later than expected and knew I won’t make 9:30am ETA when I felt the kink in my knee again with the first step down!)
Anyway, down I go down slow and pick up the little litter that there is but it does slow me down even more. Another hiker asked me if I clean up Platties every Sunday and said only when I’m doing Platties. I do still pick up litter but haven’t mentioned it as the routes I’ve done of late has been pristine (except Lion’s Head which looks like a rubbish dump in some areas but as I was trail-running that day, I wasn’t about to run with plastic bags and litter) Maybe I do a Lion’s Head clean up tomorrow seeing as it’s a public holiday and sure to be even more litter as I read that there were so many people on Lion’s Head yesterday that one hiker said that he only went as far as Wally’s Cave.
There are still many people coming up which slows me down even further as some do not give you way so have to wait on them to pass. There was a large male group singing in baritones but that made me smile that they are so happy and boisterous cheering their slower hikers along. Another hiker asked if I hiked from Constantia Nek to do be almost done so I said no, I’ve been up and coming down already because I started at 7:30am. Similar Q&A to other hikers only just starting.
I’m nearly down when I picked up a broken glass bottle and picked up each shard. The sun would just have to get that shard in the right light and start a mountain fire and then we blame it on arsonists. Well litterbugs can be considered arsonists.
Anyway, I check out of Tracking at 09:51 and there’s still groups only about to start – tourists haha
The Cable Car is back open today J
Until my next mountain adventure, ciao for now
PS – I do not endorse solo hikes especially after there was several mountain related crimes reported yesterday. My solo hikes are at my own risk which I am well aware of despite having myself tracked via our Whatsapp Tracking group.