Lions Head opened up again on the 1st of March. The area was closed to the public for path improvements, seemingly a bad job was done on the metal work – from the photos it looks terrible!
Below comments and photos from a Facebook user:
I hiked up Lions Head yesterday and was looking forward to seeing the improvements done during the two month closure of the trail. Please allow me to be direct.
TMNP have allowed a HACK JOB on Lions Head with regard to the new steelwork in place. The workmanship is an insult to all who love the mountain. The ladders and staples look like they were assembled from offcuts of scrap metal (a joint in every rung?) and the staples are an engineering disgrace. I trust the contractor has not been paid.
TMNP should hang their head in shame. Please go compare the workmanship to the quality of the staples on India Venster.
I’d like to know what process was followed in appointing the contractor? Are they qualified at all? Was pricing the only consideration?
No, TMNP. This is unacceptable. The chains/staples on Lions Head are arguably the most memorable few meters of the hike and you choose to use the least qualified HACKERS to ruin it for all of us.
You fail us.
The chains on Lions Head were first replaced in 2010 (and an excellent job was done!)
Additional photos via: Table Mountain Watch Facebook Page