Outlook Mainly Fine. 20-24 degrees.
SLEEPING & EATING: Please visit
visit the message forum thread on this trip to ensure we have you covered for sleeping and eating arrangements.
EDIT: Food reservations cut-off: Thursday Mid-day.
CONTACT INFO: In case of emergency, Sam's mobile number is 6 zero 4 zero 3 five 5 five.
HEALTH ADVISORY: This trip involves hiking. Please consider this when choosing what you bring: i.e. camping equipment + food + photography gear
PHOTO CHALLENGE: I know some of this group subscribe to
DPChallenge. If you don't then you might consider it as it is free for the basic membership. And this week's challenges are: "Clouds" or "Outdoor Night Portrait". I thought these were perfect for us, especially as a back-up / additional option to Star Trails. So be sure to bring your tripod and flashes. For Canon shooters, we can share my 10-metre off-camera flash cable for creativity.
OVERVIEW Meetup: Overnight camping Difficulty: This meetup will involve hiking and camping When: 20 - 21 November 2010 Where : Sai Kung PAX: 30 Kit list: Camera, Hiking boots, Swimming shorts, sun cream, mosquito repellent, tent, food, water bottle, fleece, hat, gloves, 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.
20 November 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)
21 November 14:00 – Leave for Ham Tim. 14:15 – Drop off camping gear and get water. Hike over mountain to Chek Keng. 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&A 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. We are reserving tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags ahead.
Please see this thread for more information. 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.
Please see this thread for more information. Q. Can we bring guests? A. EDIT: There are still spaces, so the meetup is now open to guests. 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.