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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

In Search Of The Lion

Hong Kong is full of hills, low and short enough to be summited in half a day. Lion Rock is one of them, a very walkable hill about 495m high, rated as number 52 highest out of 131 hills in HK (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains,_peaks_and_hills_in_Hong_Kong).

This post is not about directions on how to get to the peak. There are already a number of blog posts on directions, one of the better ones (which I referred to) is this post by Jean-Christophe Clementhttp://hikehongkong.blogspot.hk/2011/11/lion-rock.htm. It gives you a very easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to get there and back. I'll instead take you through the experiences and sights of my 4-hr trek, from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station to the peak and back.

Following the directions out of Wong Tai Sin MTR Station, we started our 1hr hike to the trail entrance. What the blog doesn't say is the hike to the trail entrance is mostly upslope. Although it was a paved road, the very warm day which we chose to hike in made it more tiring than it should be. 

Sunny day for a hike
Best day for hanging clothes out to dry

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A little fishing village called Tai O


Lantau Island is an island west of Hong Kong Island and it's well known for many things. When you fly into Hong Kong, you will first arrive in Lantau, for the international airport is here. For most tourists, Ngong Ping (where the Big Buddha is) and Disneyland are a must-go. Its City Gate Mall is known to shoppers as the place with the various discounted outlets. Hikers and trail runners will love (and hate) Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak. 

Just as famous as those mentioned before is a little fishing village of Tai O. Tai O means large inlet, referring to the outlet for the waterways of Tai O creek and Tai O river. Legends say that Tai O used to be a hotbed for piracy and smuggling activities. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Maiden Trail Race (or My Excuse to hatch a 10km Poke-egg)


(Contributed by Esther. Well done, for both the run and the post!)


Trail racing is not pretty. It's wet, muddy and bloody. Plus, it has the tendency to culminate in overly liberal swearing. But it's fun, if you like your fun, dirty and sweaty. 
This is an account of my first ( sort of) trail race.  In theory, there was a Langkawi race and MSIG prior to this. But both were flat-ish of terrain and the first was mostly tarmac roads. Check out the elevation profile from the first graphic as well as the provisions at the checkpoints for this race. It looked pretty promising, almost like a picnic!
Do note some of the actual check points were not as described on the profile.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

My OB Australia Journey – Camping in the Aussie Bush

 

Favourite time each day has to be night-time. When the sun sets and the stars are out, there is much to be done. People need to collect firewood, start a fire, decide what and how to cook, cut vegetables and meat, marinate meat, prepare washing area, make hot drinks, not forgetting pitching of tents and setting up of toileting site.

Friday, 1 July 2016

My OB Australia Journey - A Dog named Scout

Scout was a dog that followed us from the 3rd day of our trekking expedition. We didn’t know her name, but she was always walking just ahead of us like a little scout. Scout would follow us over 2 days, over 30km. She didn’t know where we’re going, nor when we will rest. Neither does she know whether there will be food for her. Nevertheless, she chose to follow us on our adventure through the bushes, which also became her adventure. She was as part of the watch as anyone else. Scout wasn’t a young dog anymore, the big tumour she carries on her belly hints of her old age. Perhaps she knows she does not have long to live, so she decided to live like everyday is her last, to the fullest. She also shivers at night after the sun has set, braving the cold like the rest of us. She reminds me of the famous quote by Helen Keller, “Life is either a Daring Adventure or Nothing At All”.


This is the Outward Bound dog named Scout.

Faithfully trekking with us