Needle Hill * 2 + Plover Cove

New and awesome routing today. From Tai Wai to Needle Hill to Shing Mun reservoir AND BACK! Excellent climbing exercise. The stairs to the 535m Needle Hill on a hot summer day feel like the stairways to heaven!

Today was super humid. Move a finger, you sweat. Started nice and early as 0730 in Tai Wai and finished by 1030 (3 hrs total both ways!) Pretty good timing. About 17Km.

The sign through a spider web!

After finishing in Tai Wai, I was very tempted to pursue my unfinished business (no, I don’t mean taking a dump, I mean doing Plover Cove!) Plover Cove and Sharp Peak are my 2 mountain homes. Plover Cove’s greenery is always captivating.

So, set off to do Plover Cove after that and started at 1124. Target was to complete in the usual 2 hours 30 minutes.

Actual finish time though was 2 hours 46 minutes (1406). Mission Failed.

However, in mitigation, I suppose I can offer these excuses:
a) Had already done 17Km in the morning and doing Needle Hill twice requires a lot of energy!
b) Ran out of water 75% of the way. Carried 1.8L as it was cloudy but the sun came out of nowhere! Got hit by the sun rays pretty hard and had to conserve water. Only way I could do that was by reducing speed
c) It was bloody humid. Was dripping constantly. Was out of energy too

I know.. excuses, excuses..

So, 16 minutes off target but felt great afterwards. Plover Cove has this magical, soothing feeling. Running on those ridges has a calming effect on the mind.

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Hiking, 2007-01-21, Tai Mo Shaan

Completely fantastic hike!!

Pictures from this hike are here and all hikes are here.

We were supposed to do Grassy Hill, Tai Mo Shaan and a special route decided by Vivek. Two of us decided that we wanted more exercise and successfully conquered Needle Hill (400M) before attempting to take on Grassy Hill. Unfortunately, my map reading skills (actually, I didn’t have a map) and my navigational skills wouldn’t allow for a straightforward means of reaching the destination. So, we ended up going to Sui Ho (opposite direction), only to be told by some -get this- mainland tourists that we are heading the wrong way!! And, so we decided to correct the error by going the opposite way but, yet again, we missed a turn and ended up somewhere near Fo Tan!!! Unwilling to give up, we retracted our steps and reached the area where we originally took the wrong turn. We looked around and we actually saw a very clear sign pointing towards Grassy Hill (don’t ask me how we missed it earlier). Our wrong turns had cost us 2 hours!! Undeterred, we headed towards Tai Mo Shaan where, much to our dismay, we again saw two signs. Guess what?! We took the wrong way YET again!!! We retracted and yet again saw a clear signboard which indicated where the real train was supposed to be (yup, we missed two clearly marked trails on one hike). So, we went half-way to Tai Mo Shaan, aborted and made our way to Tai Po. GREAT exercise! We were never reunited with the original Trampers. I think we did around 20KM.

I swear, I gotta stop and look for signs AND learn to read the damn map! (and bring one)

Misty and nice day! Bad for photos but the air was fresh

We took a trail from Sha Tin which is supposed to be decorated with 10,000 Buddhas
Amazing how Chinese Buddhas are so remarkably similar to Indian Gods. This Buddha reminds me of Brahma (the creator in Hindu mythology)

A nice angle shot to finish off