Saturday, April 29, 2023

ZS/WC-058 Lion's Head 1st Dec 2022

 A steep climb rewarded with views across Cape Town (1 point)

We parked on the road near the start of the sign marked footpath.  An alternative approach would be to park at Signal Hill and walk along to join the same Lion's Head path.

This a popular climb full of walkers, although it can be technically challenging, with a couple of metal ladders and some very steep sections at the top.  However the walk is very safe and well marked.  The ascent took about 90 minutes.

I decided to use my 2m FM Handy to activate as there are clear line of sight views to much of Cape Town and surrounding suburbs.  Putting up an HF antenna would be challenging with the number of fellow walkers and limited space on top.


Following a CQ Sota call on 145.500 MHz I enjoyed 5 short QSOs over 10 minutes, including one with a visitor to Cape Town (ZS1/AD4GN) and Phil ZS1WW who had been very helpful in planning my activations.

I would recommend Lion's Head as perhaps the first activation for any Ham visiting Cape Town, a day or two before climbing Table Mountain (Maclear's Beacon).

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ZS/WC-058 Lion's Head 1st Dec 2022

  A steep climb rewarded with views across Cape Town (1 point) We parked on the road near the start of the sign marked footpath.  An alterna...