Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Zi Tan Stream Adventure

A one of a kind adventure.

We started off on a fine cloudy day with a relative humidity that is usually unbearable to the locals of Hong Kong. We were meant to assemble in a Central Bus Terminus and 45 minutes before we gather, I received a message from a friend saying he made a mistake about the meeting place and I quickly responded to the point where we can easily get together so we can proceed to our hiking location easily. Told him to take responsibilities of calling all people he invited and I will handle all my guests and in no time we're all gathered together in Sai Wan Ho MTR Station and took bus number 14 to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir where we can begin our thrilling adventure.

When we arrived at Tai Tam Tuk, we setup ourselves as we wait to the two remaining Mountaineers who were supposed to join us in this event and in just a short time they've arrived...we quickly meet and greet and Go!

We walk alongside the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir until we get to our starting area which is just across the end of the first bridge and we start scrambling through the refreshing stream all the way up to the top of the hill. After all the oops, oohs and aah along initial part of the trail we found a couple of small water holes to rejuvenate our senses so that we can all push on and found the main entrance of Zi Tan Stream.

We were welcomed with some refreshing rain, slippery path and perilous trail of Zi Tan Stream but it's not like something we cannot afford to manage. One thing that I noticed though, the water is way cooler and refreshing in the stream than the one in the reservoir. We spent some valuable time bushwacking until we get to the main waterfall,  took our chance to swim and produced a couple of great photos and videos while we're having all the fun we can get because the next part of the trail should be more challenging as anticipated.

So, wall after wall of climbing on huge boulders, weaving through mossy and perilous trail we all managed to overcome all the hurdles and trials of the trail, we even use the rope just to get everyone into safety. There were minor slips, slides, bumps, cuts and bruises but no major injuries and serious casualties (Thanks be unto God Almighty).

Then finally, Bridge #10 atop is reached and the adventure for the day is good and done. We all spent sometime at Repulse Bay Beach for some R&R and end up at Wing Wah Restaurant to celebrate the success of the event and post birthday celebration of our dear friend.

Overall, the best possible time is totally well spent on the most exciting trail with the greatest adventurers I've known.

Thanks to all who participated in this memorable event and I hope to see you again soon on our next exciting adventure.

Friday, May 30, 2014

OUTDOORS SURVIVAL GEAR TIPS

Time and time again, we are reminded about safety and staying on track with a great knowledge on bearing points during outdoors adventure because a sudden miscalculation could lead to a disastrous situation; nevertheless a certain scenario could teach a careless adventurer a huge amount understanding and awareness.

Before embarking on a new adventure, study all about the dos and donts for your own safety. Getting on the edge may be pretty cool and easy but getting yourself trapped and finding no means of way out is just plain "Careless".

Preparedness is the key to success and having the right knowledge on what to carry during your adventure increased your chance of survival.

Please note that the gear listed below and featured on the photo is/are for reference only and you can definitely modify (add/remove) your own survival gear on the type of adventure your getting into. The 5 items on top and a reliable backpack are the most essential gear to consider and the rest are fully optional.

Survival Gear Essentials In A Pack:

1.) CUTTING TOOL - A knife with 5 inch diameter blade, full tang, high carbon steel with a capacity to throw sparks when stroked by flint steel or ferro rod.

2.) CONTAINER - A steel container that can be used to process food or water and has the capacity to transport liquids.

3.) COMBUSTION KIT - Redundancy is the key! Lighter, waterproof matches, Ferro Rod or Flint are some of the most modern tool in making fire but learning a special or primitive type of techniques can ease the burden...and everyone should learn it!

4.) COVER (Shelter) - An 8ft X 10ft or 10ft X 10ft Waterproof treated TARP Shelter can come in handy when needed. There are tons of choices from a regular thick black colored rubbish bag to high quality tarp...the choice is totally up to you.

5.) CORDAGE - I highly suggest everyone to use a "Paracord" because of its functionality and durability. It's a versatile type of cord and a good 30ft-50ft of cordage should definitely be enough to sustain your needs.

Other gear essential are somewhat optional in there own ways but I personally like to carry them during my adventure to maximize my chance to survive or to get out alive. 

1.) Two-Way Radio is one of the most reliable means of communication and with the right knowledge on how to use it can definitely secure your safety, especially when you know the right frequency.

2.) Portable Phone, Extra Battery & Power Bank are a sure win in terms of calling for rescue as long as you have good network coverage.

3.) Torch or Head Light and Extra Battery can definitely make a big difference specially when trying to figure out things in the dark.

4.) Writing Pad, Pencil & Pen - Not only you can log all the proceedings of your event but it's another way of keeping yourself sane...trust me on this one because history has its potential means of repeating by itself and others may learn immensely from other adventurer's account.

5.) Clothing - It is wise to wear a layer of clothes according to the exact weather conditions. A great deal of knowledge on conduction,  convection and precipitation could save you from the natural elements in the great outdoors.

6.) Ration - As a responsible and organized adventurist, you should know the extended period of time of a certain event so that you can easily recharge and refuel without consuming your emergency ration.

7.) Identification - carrying all means of identifying you in case something goes wrong can be useful. I personally carry a piece of paper with my Name, Address and who to contact in case of Emergency. (Be sure to add the things that you might be allergic into so that it can be prevented by your rescuers...example: penicilline and so on...)

8.) First Aid Kit - Bandaid (Big & Small), Gauge, Batadine, Wet Wipes, Aspirin Tablets, Inflammatory Tablets, Water Treatment Tablets, Diarrhea Tablets and Duck Tape Role are some of the things inside my first aid kit.

As for my final advise, you should go and explore the outdoors according to your capabilities or with a relatively experienced adventurist who knows how to act accordingly in term of emergency situation.

Be Safe And Enjoy The Great Outdoors!