Walk on 19 February 2006, Pat Sin Leng

  Distance Duration* Elevation Level of Difficulty
Pat Sin Leng
16 km
6+ hrs
Lowest: 5 m
Highest: 639 m
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We will meet at Fanling KCR station at 11:00am  from where we will take a minibus to the start of the walk. The walk covers the 8 peaks of the Pat Sin Leng range and most have at least a 200m climb. We start just above sea level and will reach a final a height of 639m, so there is a lot of climbing involved, much of it on concrete steps. However, the view from the range makes the exertion well worth it, but that very much depends on the weather.

This walk has a three-boot rating, and is no picnic.The walk will take us into the dark like last Sunday, if we do not keep walking at a crisp pace.

Please remember to bring all the usual paraphernalia: hat, sunscreen, good footwear, a lunch (there are no stores along the way) and plenty of water (a good rule of thumb is to bring a minimum of two liters in any season). Last, but not least, an umbrella is good protection against light rain or hot sun.

If it is raining hard or thunderstorms are threatening, the walk might be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the walk, call 8209-0517. And remember -- don't be late!


# kenq51 2006-02-24 04:51
There was a misfortune with hiking where I couldn't participate. But, when I keep accompanying the wife in hiking, it is necessary to choose course prudently.
# joyce 2006-02-24 00:52
I hope it isn't too serious, and you'll be well soon.

# chris_ho_au 2006-02-23 19:15
Thanks Vince and all for the care. I'm Ok and getting better now. The fractures take some time to heal and I will get well soon with all you kind wishes.

all the bests, Chris
# ltcommander 2006-02-22 18:06
Chris, wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon.
# karl 2006-02-22 00:05
17 trampers meet on this grey and cool Sunday morning at Fan Ling station. We split up in two minibuses to Luk Keng, where we started right away walking as soon as the second bus arrived.
We followed for the first part the trail we walked in late September before we turned right onto the trail back towards Nam Chung. Caroline left already here as her grandfather was delivered into hospital. We noticed soon that a charity walk for the Hospitz was organized today on the same trail, so it was quite busy with hikers.

After a short stretch on the service road we turned left following the clearly marked trail towards the Lo Lung Tin and Ping Teng Au. For our lunch stop we stopped besides a small stream at a check or support post for the charity walk. We climbed higher through a lovely forest before we came out into the open, where we nearly crossed our tracks from another walk a couple of weeks ago (Cloudy Hill). Today we followed the other way uphill towards the Ping Fung Shan range, a normally windswept ridge with good views towards north and south. Today is was relatively calm, and despite the forecast with rain it remained dry with a few sunny periods. The views were not great as it was overcast most of the day. Our group had split up as usual in fast and slow trampers, so only about 6 of us found their way up to the highest peak for today, Wong Leng.

The trail followed more or less the ridge with frequent ups and down, before we reached our actual destination today, the Pat Sin Leng range. By the time we reached the last peak Hsien Ku Fung it was nearly 4:45pm, so we were quite good in time after this quite long walk. After obligatory group photo which Fai and Balaram missed, because they went downhill straight after they arrived, the remaining group split.
One went down the steps following the Wilson trail, while the other followed Fai and Balaram down the steep slope towards Tai Mei Tuk. This proved to be quite tricky and involved again a short stretch of limited climbing, not so easy for some of us. Once over the rocks we all thought it was easy, but the trail turned out to be was quite slippery and steep. Chris slipped somewhere here and fell with her extended back on a smaller rock. She was in great pain and could barely manage to walk down the rest of the hill. But with the help of Eric and Lucia as well as borrowed a stick from some fellow hikers she managed to walk down to Tai Mei Tuk. Chris later reported that she felt still in great pain after dinner and was unable to walk, so Eric and Lucia called an ambulance, which arrived after 10-15 minutes, to have her examined in hospital. She actually suffered an acute traumatic fracture to the end of her spinal column, lucky no neurological damage. I hope that the healing process is quick and less painful, so Chris will be back at the trampers soon.

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