- Choose a Tent spot that is relatively high ground because in this manner the rain will flow away from the tent in case if it rains and this will prevent your gear from getting wet as well. Avoid setting your tent along the slope though.
- Pick a site that has shades during the hotter time of the day. So, choose the one that's near the trees.
- Check if the campsite is near the water source because you will be needing plenty of water for cooking, washing, drinking and even showering.
- Check if the campsite has grilling station, picnic tables and chairs.
- Check if the campsite has enough space for you to use a cooking stove.
- Be sure to check if you can build a campfire because nothing's more fun than roasting a Mallows with your children or stay warm during the cold season. (See if the fire won't spread out so pick an area where there's enough space and flat).
- If your camping with your kids be sure to check if the campground has a nearby playground or play areas or a huge space to fly a kite or play some ball game like beach volleyball or beach football.
- Check if the location is near the lake or beach for some fishing, boating, swimming or even snorkeling.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I'm an Outdoor enthusiast and I really like doing Camper; with that said I also met a number of people who wish to do camping but they don't know how and where to start, so they end up not going for any outdoor activities and never attempt to do something new in their lives. This article will give you some ideas before you get started.
If you're a new Camper and just getting started... I highly suggest that you should visit some of the camping ground preferably close to your home which is managed by the government agencies like Bureau of Land Management or Country Park Management Office. Be sure to choose the one that has perfect scenic spot that you, your family and friends would love and enjoy.
CHOOSING YOUR CAMPING SPOT:
Backpacking is FUN! So before you go and experience the outdoors, practice setting up your Tent on daylight and at night if possible in your yard to estimate the space you need on the campsite and to get familiar with your gear. Most of the camping ground are not made according to your liking even if you request from the attendant of the country park about your preferred location and with that said, you should clean your preferred spot from twigs, rocks or vines because these will cause damage to the base layer of the tent and might puncture your sleeping matte.
Finally, experience is the best teacher and soon you'll realized more do's and don't as well as the proper gear to take along with you depending on how many days your going to be in the Campsite. Even thinking of bringing a purifying agent/tablet if you don't get clean water.
Have fun camping and enjoy the outdoors!
Enjoy The Wilderness & Leave No Trace
Sunday, August 18, 2013
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Take the MTR to SHAU KEI WAN
- Leave the MTR Station via Exit A1 or A3 (Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus)
- Board into Bus No.9 or Green Mini Bus heading towards Shek O
- Alight at the Bus Station near Cape D' Aguilar Road.
- Difficulty: 1/5
- Duration: 3.5 - 4.0 Hours
- Distance: 3.5 Km
- Type: Loop Trail
- GPS Coverage: Excellent
- Phone Coverage: Excellent
- Packs: 8L - 18L
- Liquid Supplement: 1L - 1.5L
- Food Supplement: Bread, Power Bar or Fruit
- Clothing: Shorts and Shirt
- Shoes: Proper Hiking Shoes (Specially if you take the Rockies)
- Extras: (Summer) Sunglasses, Hat &Sun Cream. (Winter) Wind Breaker & Convertible Pants.
|Cape D' Aguilar Bus Station|
|Walk alongside of the road until you reach the round about where you can locate the starting point as well. (Be very careful around here!)|
From here onward, you will be walking on concrete road but don't worry because you will be covered by the shades of trees.
|To reach the Marine Reserved Area is by simply walking all the way downhill until you each the Main Gate.|
|ENTRY POINT #1|
This entry point is just another option to get to the rocky part of the island and the other one is just alongside of the main gate.
Entry Point #2. There will be a foot path along the right side of the main gate, take that and hike alongside of the green metal fencing.
|Hike downhill and you eventually hit the shoreline and please beware of the High Voltage Antennas along the trail.|
|Enjoy the moment along the shoreline and the rockies. This area is protected by the Marine Conservation of Hong Kong so please act accordingly and beware of the sharp rocky pathways.|
|The best part of the trail is to Trek your way to the Marine Reserved Facility along the rocky shoreline than walking on the concrete pathways. Please be very careful on the slippery rocks!|
|When your done Trekking along the Rockies, you should end up finding this signs on the main road and the Cave of Cape D'Aguilar is just adjacent to this signboards and you can actually hear a loud flow of the water within the cave.|
|CAPE D'AGUILAR CAVE|
|MARINE RESERVED MAIN OFFICE|
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAIL
Friday, August 16, 2013
HOW TO GET THERE:
The easiest and the fastest way is to take NWFB No.15 starting at the Exchange Square Bus Terminus heading towards the PEAK and get off at Wan Chai Gap by the end of Stubbs Road. Then take the Aberdeen Reservoir Road downhill for a short distance to begin Section 4.
- Difficulty: 2/5 (Easy Hike)
- Distance: 7.5 Km
- Duration: 2.0 Hour
- Terrain: 50% / 50% of Natural trail and well maintained trail with a combination of concrete stairs, water catchment and uphill road.
- Scenery: There's perfect greenery on this trail and when you get to an opening, you will have glimpses of Aberdeen Reservoir and Ocean Park (Hong Kong's Amusement/Themed Park).
- GPR Coverage: Excellent
- Phone Coverage: Great
- Packs: 4L - 8L
- Liquid Supplements: 500 ml > 800 ml
- Food Supplement: Power Bar or Fruit
- Clothing: (Summer) Shorts & Shirt (Winter) + Wind Breaker and Convertible Pants
- Extras: (Some are optional) Shirt, Hat, Sunglasses and Mosquito Repellent and Sun Screen.
|STARTING POINT / INFORMATION BOARD|
Located after crossing the bridge when you pass the main starting area of Section 4.
|A friendly sign post next to the Information Board. You will see plenty of this sign post in the trail to ensure your safety on this Trail.|
Alright, after spending a few second at the information board and knowing your trail path, here is the main Entrance to Section 4.
|Like I mentioned, the trail is carefully marked with this kind of post so please don't get confused on your route.|
|As you get deeper into the trail...you will feel the comfort of shade and shelter from the trees and the coolness of the breeze passing between the and through the trail.|
Located at Aberdeen but a pretty good view along the trail.
|After enjoying a moment on the open section of the trail, now it's time to get inside the wilderness again. Another dome type shelter from the trees will continue to give shelter along the trail.|
|On a clear day, if you get lucky...you will have a chance to see the Aberdeen Reservoir and its neighborhood.|
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take public transport to Aberdeen Reservoir Road. Walk up Peel Rise by Pui Tak Canossian College for about 30 minutes to the starting point of Hong Kong Trail Section 3.
Transport routes available are:
No. 7 - running between Central Ferry Piers and Shek Pai Wan in Aberdeen
No. 76 - running between Shek Pai Wan in Aberdeen and Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)
No. 95 - running betwee Ap Lei Chau and Shek Pai Wan in Aberdeen
No. 52 - running between Shek Pai Wan in Aberden and Chung Hom Kok in Stanley (Ma Hang)
For your return journey, walk down Aberdeen Reservoir Road for about 15 minutes to Wan Chai Gap for public transport:
No. 15 - running between Central (Exchange Square) and the Peak
No. 15B - running between Tin Hau MTR Station and the Peak (Sundays and Public Holiday only)
- Difficulty: 2/5
- Distance: 6.5 Km
- Duration: 2.5 Hrs.
- Terrain: 20% Concrete and 80% Natural Trail
- GPS Coverage: Good
- Phone Coverage: Great
- Route: Peel Rise > Wan Chai Gap
- Pack: 8L - 10L
- Liquid Supplement: 500ml > 1000ml
- Clothing: Shorts & Shirt (Summer), Leggings & Wind Breaker (Winter)
- Shoes: Regular rubber shoes works (but proper Hiking Shoes is better)
- Food Supplement: Fruit or Snack (Optional)
- Extras: Hiking Pole (Optional), Extra shirt, Hat, Mosquito Repellent & Sunglasses
(Roughly about 1/4hrs from Aberdeen Reservoir & 30 minutes from Chi Fu Estate)
|Hong Kong Trail Section 3: Information Board|
|Another friendly trail sign; the trail is fully covered with signs to ensure your safe journey inside the trail.|
|Section 3 is perfectly shaded by trees so walking in this trail is very comfortable and cool and this is an awesome hiking ground for beginners, friends and family.|
|Surprisingly beautiful. This stream comes to life during wet season in Hong Kong, the flow of water is very cool and refreshing.|
|When you reach this bridge you need to turn and proceed to the right side and try not to take the stairs.|
Thursday, August 1, 2013
There's no way to get to the starting point directly than to hike the first section (around 10km & 3hrs) until you reach the Starting point of Section 2 or if you want to skip hiking the first section then you must take a Blue Colored Taxi from the bus terminus at Sai Kung Country Park Visitor's Centre which roughly cost HK$50 until you reach the Pavilion next to Dolosses landmark and then from the Pavilion, simply follow the trail post marker until this starting point of Section 2.
- (Option 1) Take the MTR to Diamond Hill Station and board in to bus 92 'til you reach its final Terminus at Sai Kung District. Then, quickly take bus 94 and get off at Sai Kung Visitor's Center. Finally, take the blue cab at the terminus and ask the taxi driver to take you at High Island Reservoir Pavilion or MacLehose Trail Section 1.
- (Option 2) Take the MTR and get off at Diamond Hill Station and leave the station by Exit B. Locate and board into 96R (available during Sundays & Public Holidays only) and get off at Sai Kung Visitor's Centre, take a blue cab and ask the driver to take you at High Island Reservoir Pavilion. You must be on the MacLehose Trail (right side when you reach the round-about but make sure that the Taxi is between the High Island Reservoir on the left-side of the cab and the Water Sports Centre on the right-side) and when you reach the Blue colored Dolosses Landmark then, all you need to do is to follow the trail until the starting point of Section 2 is reached.
- Difficulty: 3/5 (Strenuous Hike)
- Distance: 13.5 km (Original Trail) if you hike SHARP PEAK then it's at least 18.5+km.
- Duration: 5 Hrs (Original) if you hike SHARP PEAK then it roughly around 7 Hrs.
- Terrain: 40% Concrete, 40% Natural and 20% Sand
- Mobile Phone Coverage: Good
- GPS Coverage: Great
- Pack: 10L - 20L Packs
- Liquid Supplement: 3L
- Food: (Optional) There are restaurants when you reach TAI LONG WAN or you can have your own food.
- Clothing: Convertible Pants and Shirt (Summer) add Wind Breaker (Winter)
- Shoes: Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes or boots.
- Extras: Hiking Pole, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Mini Personal First Aid Kit, Extra Shirt, Mobile Phone & Camera.
(Work your way here by following the instructions above)
|LONG KE BAY|
The aquatic emerald colors of Long Ke Bay. The serenity and tranquility of the camping ground along the beach side and the beautiful mountain range that your going to hike awaits.
Respect the privacy and peacefulness of this facility...be sure not to loiter around its premises.
|Hike further on a clearly marked country trail until this Pavilion is reached. A resting area and sign to have a little break and to refuel your body.|
|SAI WAN SHAN (314masl) Summit|
It's really not that hard to get to this summit because the trail is not steep, it is rather clean and clear and and filled with trial signs along the way.
|TAI LONG WAN PANORAMA|
This is a very famous viewing area and by looking ahead you can actually see TAI LONG WAN, SHARP PEAK from a distance.
|INTERSECTION MAP BOARD|
Its's like decision making point around this junction, but all I have to say is .."Proceed towards Tai Long Wan!".. otherwise you'll miss the opportunity if seeing the greatest Camping Ground and the famous beach side Hong Kong.
|This massive landscape is the perfect scenery of Tai Long Wan and this is only a few meters away from the summit of Sharp Peak. The feeling of being here is so amazing...imagine how much more if your doing Mount Everest!|
|The other side of the summit and below is the beach and campsite of TAI WAN.|
|End of Section 2 and a new set of Hikers are getting ready for their own adventure.|
Enjoy Your Country Park, Enjoy Hiking and Leave NO Trace!