For a change, I went on a hike, yes, not a run, but a hike! Ironically, this is probably one of the very few “hiking” posts published on this hiking domain, www.hikeinhongkong.com.
This was no ordinary hike. I joined the Meetup group on a very special hike to my luxury property in Sai Kung, i.e. Sharp Peak. We took the backdoor entrance to my property, which is a scenic trail called The North Face. No, not because it’s sponsored by the company of the same name but because it connects to the North side of Sharp Peak. (Or so I believe. Anyway, since I am the owner, I can change the name of the trail as I please). This trail is also one of the most scenic trails in Hong Kong. It’s a rather steep trail that connects the summit of my Sharp Peak (400m) to a secluded and pristine beach called Lam Chi Wan which is in one of the remotest parts of Sai Kung.
We took a boat from Wong Shek pier to [xyz] (I don’t remember the name of the place but like Shakespeare says, “what’s in the name?”) This is where we began our walk.
We also met our well educated guide for the day here. He seemed very fit, had immense knowledge of the terrain and was quite eager to please all of us for a biscuit or two. He was none other than THE DOG OF SHARP PEAK. (Imagine super hero music playing in the background).
Superdog lead the way and like a true gentleman (or rather, “gentledog”), he waited patiently at various junctions for us slower humans to catch up with him. But then, when Bill, our human leader, wanted to lead us on a well marked downhill stretch to Lam Chi Wan (the start of the uphill climb to Sharp Peak), Superdog refused to follow us. We didn’t know why as he was a dog of few words. He wagged his tail, snarled and simply stopped at the junction just before this downhill stretch. We all thought that Superdog had lost his super powers and had become super tired. So, we left him at this junction and carried on. But, several minutes later, the words “THE DOG IS RIGHT” echoed in the air. We, the poor humans, hit a dead end because our knowledge of the terrain was no match for Superdog! We had to backtrack to the junction where we saw Superdog strutting along the right trail, as though he had anticipated our folly.
We then climbed a rather steep and slippery trail all the way to my home on Sharp Peak. It looked like Superdog had arranged to meet his girlfriend there (the dog version of Lois Lane). His girlfriend seemed to have taken the Mac trail to the summit of Sharp Peak. She was the Mac Dog (not Macdonalds but Maclehose).
After witnessing this doggy reunion, we left Sharp Peak and proceeded straight down to Mac 2 and exited at Pak Tam Au.
The North Face route is one hike that every hiker in Hong Kong ought to do! And, by the way, to all those idiots leaving rubbish on my summit (cigarette butts, etc, etc), your days are numbered. The owner is watching.