After consultation with other regular hikers and careful consideration of group hiking expertise, extreme July weather(hot, windy and wet) and my own experience, I am going to change the venue of this meetup to Big Wave Bay in Sai Kung. The hike over the mountain to BWB is far easier and the venue is a lot safer for non-regular hikers, also there is a place to hire tents and get basic food supplies for an overnight stay.
If the forecast on Friday says it will rain on the weekend, then this meetup will be cancelled.
Meetup: Overnight camping
Difficulty: This meetup will involve hiking and camping
When: 29 June 2013
Where : Sai Kung
Kit list: Camera, Hiking boots, Swimming shorts, sun cream, mosquito repellent, tent, food, water bottle, sleeping bag.
Recommended for Star Trails: Tripod, Remote release, spare camera battery, wide angle lens
Tai Long Wan
This is a magical place! Set in the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula (西貢半島), Tai Long Wan - Big Wave Bay - is a large bay with white sand beaches flanked by rugged headlands, backed by abandoned fields beyond which rise some impressive hills. There are rocky islets offshore; beyond them is the South China Sea (Mirs Bay); in onshore winds the swell is indeed impressive, all the more so as the sea is relatively unpolluted, and can be a splendid tropical blue or turquoise.
09.30 – Meet at Hang Hau MTR Exit B1 (MTR travel planner) PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY.
09.35 – Take Green minibus #101 from Hang Hau to Sai Kung. Leaves every 20 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes. (a taxi can be taken direct to Wong Shek ferry pier for about $200)
10.30 – Arrive at Sai Kung. Take KMB bus #94 from Sai Kung to Wong Shek Ferry pier. Leaves every 30 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes.
11.00/11.30 – Arrive at Wong Shek ferry pier.
11.40 (to be confirmed) – Take Kai-To ferry from Wong Shek to Chek Keng (about $20) (Ferry timetable here)
12.20 – Arrive at Chek Keng. Walk over the ridge – it’s fairly well sign posted. The walk up to the ridge is a fairly long pull but once at the top, you can rest, and you're rewarded with panoramic views across hills and bay, with Sharp Peak's distinctive profile on your left. The trail winds down, to the hamlet of Tai Long, where you will see the First Stop Cafe. Read more about the hike here
13.30 - The trail from here is pretty much dead level. The Maclehose Trail bears right, to another hamlet - Ham Tin. This is where we will stop for lunch and camping gear.
14.00 - Hike over the small hill on the left of the restaurants, to get to Tai Long Wan beach.
14.15 – Once we get to the beach we can split up and do whatever we want to do.
17.00 – Make a fire
18:00 – BBQ, drink, be merry.
22:00 - Star Trails Photoshoot (clear skies permitting)
14:00 – Leave for Ham Tim.
14:15 – Drop off camping gear and get water. Hike over mountain to Chek Keng (or take speed boat back).
14:45 – Arrive at Chek Keng and take speedboat to Wong Shek ferry pier.
15:00 – Take Taxi back to Sai Kung/Hang Hau. Optional to remain for a photo walk around Sai Kung before heading home.
Q. What about tents?
A. Cost is $100 for a two man tent and $150 for a four man tent. You can hire the tents at a Store called Hoi Fung, in Ham Tin, which is the bay next to Dai Long Wan.
Q. What about food?
A. BBQ food can be purchased near to the beach. Alternatively you can bring your own. Suggested food includes: baked beans, bread, coffee, sugar, powder milk, energy bars, water, pork chop, corn on the cob.
Q. What clothing / accessories should I bring?
A. See kit list above, but most essential are: Fleece (evenings can get cold), Headlamp / torches / camping lamps (it gets dark at 6pm), Mosquito repellent, Swimming costume and Small towel (if you are brave enough to swim), Beach toys.
Q. What photography equipment should I bring?
A. If you want to do star trails, you will need a tripod and a cable release that has a switch on it that can lock the shutter open. Additionally a very wide angle lens is preferable.
CONTACT INFO: In case of emergency, Sean's mobile number is 6 three 5 four 4 four 4 three
HEALTH ADVISORY: This trip involves hiking. Please consider this when choosing what you bring: i.e. camping equipment + food + photography gear
Best light trail (click here)