Walk on 9 April 2006, Dragon's Back

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Distance Duration* Elevation Level of Difficulty
A Dragon's Back walk
10 km
4 hrs
Lowest: 0 m
Highest: 342 m

 

Safety precautions

Please note that all participants of the walks organized by the Hong Kong Trampers do so at their own risk and no responsibility whatsoever is taken for any inaccuracies in the posted itineraries.  We are not a professional group, but only a group of friends who meet to do this for pleasure and exercise.  We are also a democratic group and sometimes change the itinerary before or during the course of a walk for any number of reasons, so please be prepared for possible changes if you want to join us.

The itineraries we post are only an idea of what we like to do, and we often modify our plans during the walk.  Before you join a walk, please read this information on this website (including the information on boot ratings) carefully, and consider the information given on that particular walk to see if the planned itinerary matches your ability and fitness.

If in doubt, it is better to be cautious than to join a walk that may be too difficult for you. If the walk is advertised as strenuous, if the weather is very hot or if you feel unwell or unfit to perform the walk, consider not joining the group.  Unless otherwise specifically stated in a walk itinerary, you should expect that there will be no "early exit" routes on a walk and that you will need to complete the entire walk if you join.  Most walks run until late afternoon or early evening, so if you have other commitments during the day, please consider not joining that walk.  Once you join the group, if you feel it necessary to leave the group before the walk is finished, always inform the other group member beforehand or phone the hotline under 8209 0517 and enquire about an escape route to the nearest public transport, if this is possible at all.

Participants should always carry plenty of water, particularly during the hotter months of the hiking season, from May to October.   During the winter months, you should bring a minimum of one and a half litres of water, and double that amount during the hotter months.

We'll meet at Shau Kei Wan MTR Station, Hang Seng Bank Area, at 12:00 ( the later than usual starting to compensate for Saturday's possible party fall out). We shall take a Bus further to the starting point. We will try to give todays walk a little twist compared to the further walks organised by Tony. The start will be a steep climb up the hill, afterwards it's just up and down along the ridge.

At the end we proceed onwards to Shek O. Given a clear day, the views promise to be spectacular, if it rains there is no shelter along the way.

Please remember to bring all the usual paraphernalia: hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, 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, but moreduring the hot season). An umbrella comes handy as protection against rain or sun.

If it is raining or threatening to rain (thunderstorm warning), the walk will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the walk, call 8209-0517. And remember -- don't be late!

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# Karl 2006-04-12 02:20
The weather turned warm, humid, and misty on this Sunday. The meeting point at the MTR station got quite crowded and it was difficult to keep track of the total no of participants. We took the bus towards Shek O and embarked at the prison where we met Justin and his friends already sweaty from their previous walk. We climbed up following a narrow path through thick bushes and small trees to the top of Mt. Collinson with 384 meters the highest hill today. The view was disappointing, the mist and humidity obscured the sometimes fabulous vies from the ridge. Once we all reached the top we soon continued along the ridge towards Shek O peak, where we stopped for our lunch break.

By this time I noticed that Steven, who arrived late, got somehow onto the trail below on the eastern side of the ridge; no wonder he could not catch up with us. He finally climbed up at the end of his trail, and we meet him on the ridge towards the end of the walk. When we got the large group together for the group photo, I counted 40 participants (including Deans 10 month old daughter Sophia Elisabeth), the largest number of trampers so far for this year.

After the picture taking the group split into two groups. One followed John downhill a faint and sometimes steep path south onto the main road, while the other group followed the main path towards the pavilion close to the bus stop. The group following John crossed the street towards Windy Gap, and after about hundred meters turned left, to follow a small stream downward direction to Shek O beach. There was hardly any water around, but somehow Rebecca slipped and took a complete dip into the only pool along the stream big and deep enough to do so. Luckily she escaped without any harm, besides the damage to her phone and wet cloth and shoes.

We finally arrived at Neil’s and Dona’s new home close to the time planned, and just before it started to drizzle. Here some members of both groups joined, and thanks to Michael and Evelyn’s organisation added some Thai starters to the masses of good food prepared by Dona well in advance. Soon the house was filled with trampers, neighbours, colleagues, friends (and lots of mosquitoes).

A great finish after an easy walk. A great finish after an easy walk. A very big “Thank You” to Dona and Neil for their warm hospitality.
 

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