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RIP Mike Lundy: Companion to Legions of Hikers, Determined Adventurer and Thoroughly Decent Guy

Mike Lundy, one of South Africa’s most avid and best-loved adventurers, has passed away.

Best Walks in the Cape PeninsulaMike Lundy\'s Best Walks in the Cape PeninsulaEasy Walks in the Cape PeninsulaWeekend Trails in the Western Cape

Lundy – author of Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula, Easy Walks in the Cape Peninsula and Weekend Trails in the Western Cape among others – was a household name in South Africa with several books and over 200 articles published on hiking. He was a regular contributor to the press and radio and a tour guide for Table Mountain National Parks. His exceptional service to the hiking community has been recognised with a merit award from the Hiking Federation of South Africa.

Lundy’s wife, Barbara, posted this notice online, saying goodbye to her husband:

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, friend to so many and companion to legions of hikers, passed away surrounded by his wife and 3 sons on 27 May 2015, aged 74.

Dad, enjoy your endless beloved mountains.

Goodbye my precious husband. Thanks for 21 years of love, laughs and adventure. I will love you forever. Barbara.

Lundy lived in Hout Bay, and the Hout Bay Yacht Club paid tribute to him on their blog, writing that “he will be remembered as a true gentleman and a thoroughly decent guy”:

Rest in Peace Mike.

Mike was a damn fine bloke – that I gathered very quickly from the various times I chatted with him at the yacht club. A gentleman, a great conversationalist, a well known hiker and author of some twenty books on hiking etc, member of the various Cape town hiking clubs etc. He ran a very successful business disposing of insurance assets etc, and was a popular and well known resident of Hout Bay, and in fact of Cape Town.

I suspect he had a lot of other credentials but sadly I was not well enough acquainted with him to say much more – hopefully other club members will supply further info for the website. Certainly he will be remembered as a true gentleman and a thoroughly decent guy, what else can one ask for?

Sincerest condolences to his family.

He is sadly missed at H.B.Y.C.

Adventure publication Go! Magazine also paid tribute to Lundy, saying: “He approached life like he tackled a tough route – with determination and curiosity.”

With great sadness we say goodbye to the hiking legend, Mike Lundy. He started hiking as a young boy, discovering caves…

Posted by Go! Magazine SA on Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Hanlie Gouws and Malherbe Nienaber report for Netwerk24 that Lundy passed away after an extended period of being ill. His son Tim, also a hiking guide, shared that a memorial service, to be held at Suikerbossie in Hout Bay, is being planned for next week.

Mike Lundy het die piek om 01:40 bereik met sy drie seuns aan sy sy. Hy is vrygelaat in die berge wat ons almal as ons tuiste beskou. Pa, rus lekker en stap die roete na die ewigheid. Met liefde van Timothy, vir ewig jou skaduwee op die berg.”

Met dié woorde het Tim Lundy Woensdagoggend vroeg die dood van sy pa aangekondig.

Mike Lundy (74), die Kaap se “Mnr. Stap”, is ná ’n lang siekte in sy huis in Houtbaai oorlede.

Our condolences go out to Lundy’s friends and family.

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Image courtesy of Hike Cape Town


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