I had a painful night with my sore back but around 6.30 this morning preparations started for the hiking and planting.Nobody had told me it was going to be a steep climb. I have done this climb many times and should have realised where we were going. Age and aches are catching up with me. Mrs. Ha and CC2 looked fit enough before we set off.We quickly realised there were a lot of people attending and crowd control was needed.The path is extremely narrow with stone steps. The height of the steps is not consistent and some are narrow. A lot of care is needed. So basically it was a free for all. And plenty of people did not want to wait so would just barge through. We saw one lady needing medical help and lots of children, who needed to be carried. You can see the elevation – not dramatic – maybe 300m but its the steepness that catches you out. Or at least me. We planted 6 trees at the top, saplings really and I had carried them up from the bottom with a couple of trowels. Mrs. Ha’s contribution was verbal encouragement. And she did hold an umbrella over me for shade at one point. Of course you get very good views from the path and here are just a few. In the first shot you can see Clearwater Bay Golf Course. There are some homes in the area and they are quite desirable (=expensive). The rule of thumb is that a full sea view doubles the cost of a house. Of course you don’t have to do the climb if you are visiting normally and not for the tree planting. There is a beautiful tree walk. If you are lucky you can find plenty of birds and butterflies but it is a bit hit and miss. Early morning is best.I hope I can persuade Mrs. Ha to venture out again but next time I think we shall do the easy walk. What a pair of wimps.