Walk on 16 April 2006, The Hunchbacks & Ma On Shan

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Distance Duration* Elevation Level of Difficulty
The Hunchbacks & Ma On Shan
16 km
7 hrs
Lowest:  200 m
Highest: 702 m
* excluding travelling time


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.

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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.

It's time for a return to Ma On Shan via the Hunchbacks, a definitive three boot walk!

We meet at 11:00am at the Heng On KCR station (make sure you switch at the Tai Wai KCRC station on to Ma On Shan line !!!, if you come by KCR). We probably take taxis from the station to the starting point as it is quite boring walking across the new highway to the Ma On Shan Tsuen BBQ site.

The walk starts with a steep climb up; there are parts where you will have to use the installed ropes to drag yourself up. From the hunchbacks at 677 meters we follow the narrow ridge (over the saddle) to Ma On Shan, with 702 meters a little higher than the hunchbacks. We plan to climb down towards the MacLehose, follow the main trail until we turn off at Buffalo Pass, climb to Buffalo Hill (606 meters) and then West Buffalo hill (604 meters) and before we try to descend directly and steeply into Siu Lek Yuen.

The walk is quite long and hard, the total climb of the day will exceed 1000 meters. To finish before darkness, we need to keep a reasonable pace and slow hikers might use earlier exits, when necessary.

This route of the walk will be modified in slippery, foggy or rainy conditions.

Please remember to bring all the usual paraphernalia: hat, sunscreen, good sturdy footwear, a torch, gloves, 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!

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# Karl 2006-04-18 18:23
Over this long holiday weekend with the unusual cool and rainy weather we attempted a realativly tough walk. Of the 14 trampers meeting at Heng On station, we had two newcomers from Australia and surprisingly, after a nearly three year absence Linda no. 1, as well as Nicky from the UK, who joined a couple of years ago for one walk only.
Finding taxis at Heng On station was not as easy as expected, but we finally managed to hunt down some green taxis to drive us up to Ma On Shan Tsuen, (the red ones claimed not to know the area well enough). The start of the trail went along the usual stairs of the family trail, before we followed the dirt path leading to some ropes and up over the hunchbacks. It was misty and cool, good hiking weather. We reached the top of the hunchback shrouded in mist and with a cold breeze blowing, so we continued straight over the saddle up Ma On Shan. Also here it was to cold for stopping, so we went down the trail a little to find a more protected spot where we enjoyed our lunch break.

After the late lunch stop we joined the MacLehose trail until Pyramid hill, where half the group went over the top, while the remaining hikers circumvented the hill.

We made good progress along the MacLehose trail until we stopped for a brief rest at Buffalo Pass, before we started the last steep ascent up to Buffalo hill. On the top we slightly changed our plan and instead of going over to west Buffalo hill we decided to follow the trail over the ridge towards Shek Nga Shan and then in a slight curve along the ridge and then a steep and a bit difficult downhill bit to Ngau Au. We skipped the last hill over Nui Po Shan and instead followed the trail towards Siu Lek Yuen. On the last bit we got a bit of tarmac road (after a whole day of quite nice trails without concrete) towards the entrance of the Tait’s Cairn tunnel and then to Siu Lek Yuen. Rebecca led us to a nice Dai Pai Dong, where she ordered some surprisingly good dishes and beer to round of the day for the remaining ten trampers. And Linda, true to her reputation after this quite long walk (and after not hiking for the last three years) looked like she just left home only about 15 minutes ago.
 
 
# ltcommander 2006-04-17 16:56
This has all the telltale signs of being the hardest walk of this year! I'll put 100 bucks on less than 15 people (including me) showing up for this one!
 
 
# kenq51 2006-04-14 06:03
I will come and try take photos! Pls no rain...
 
 
# NAH 2006-04-13 03:30
Hi! I'm come to come, but have a slight knee problem (it 's only slight). I'd like to know roughly how far along any early exits are. Am only in HK a couple of weeks, otherwise i'd wait for the next 2-booter.
 

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