Late Night Hiking

June 20, 2010 at 2:44 am | Posted in Hong Kong, me | 2 Comments

Just came back from a 5 hour hike – at night.  We (three out of the four people from our Trailwalker group) started at 7pm a short while away from Ma On Shan, and slowly plodded our way up Ma On Shan (the literal mountain) along the MacLehose trail (section 3, selected as the section is the most difficult).  For an hour or so, we slowly climbed up to around 700 m over a distance of 2 Km.  The remaining 10.7 Km was just an endurance test, ending at a campsite near Kowloon Peak (Feii Ngor Shan), just over 5 hours later.

It was fun, and deliciously painful.   It made me appreciate sunlight, fear mud patches, and appreciate my torch immensely.   The half-moon was, for the most part, visible among the lack of clouds.  High on the peaks the wind blew strong, cooling us down, and the trees were sparse, allowing us to travel without the assistance of an artificial light source.  Along the way, we met several living things.  Four old men, ages totalling over 2 centuries, overtook us.  We bumped into a cow sleeping on the trail path, forcing us to switch off our lights and gently inching our way beside the motionless animal, trying not to disturb it.  Angering it was certainly not an option, with steep slopes dropping off one side of the path.  Hours in we crossed a stream, full of fireflies relaxing on the rocks and weeds beside the water.  We turned off our torches and enjoyed the sight for a while.  Yeah, 4 old men, a cow/bull and some fireflies.  And cowpats.

Hitting the end of the section, we hired a taxi and collapsed on the road.  Leaving Kowloon Peak, I finally understood why people went up there all the time – the scene of Victoria harbour from Kowloon Peak at night is probably the most beautiful and amazing sight in Hong Kong.

Then we went down to Kowloon City and enjoyed a bottle of coke.  so delicious.  Delicious taste only possible with strenuous exercise.  You have to work for it to taste good.

And now I have tutoring tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, in 6 hours.  Check out this posting time.  I’ll end this with a photo taken high up above the district of Ma On Shan, on Ma On Shan pass.  My friend’s mobile was running out of battery, so we used our torches to alleviate the need for flash.


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  1. You look happy! : >

  2. Looks awesome.

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