Every time we walk out the front door of our flat, we see Stellenbosch Mountain. It looks very big, but not too terrifying or unachievable for a day hike. So Sunday morning we geared up bright and early and got to the base around 8:30 am. Little did any of us know what this mountain had in store for us, and that people from the area don’t even do this climb. Nevertheless, although we got banged up, sunburned, thirsty, hungry, tired, and pretty pathetic looking, five of the seventeen of us still made it to the very top for the most satisfyingly beautiful views I have ever seen in my life. A 360 degree view allowed us to see all of Cape Town and Robben Island, the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Table Mountain and many more ranges (some of which I had no idea were even visible from Stellenbosch), the expansive townships, the massive smoke trials from fires in the distance, and so much more. It was truly one of the more remarkable things I have yet to see. And of course, the fact that it resulted from sticking through with the hardest hike make it that much more glorious.
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