In which Pooh and Piglet (and Rabbit) climb up the hill

I had a painful night with my sore back but around 6.30 this morning preparations started for the hiking and planting.And off we wentNobody 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.Before we walkedWe quickly realised there were a lot of people attending and crowd control was needed.Crowd controlThe 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. Bottleneck RoadblockAnd 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.CWBGCC 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.scenic View from topOf 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.CWBCPI 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.

 

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30 thoughts on “In which Pooh and Piglet (and Rabbit) climb up the hill

  1. Your description of yesterdays walk reminds me of one that I do here occasionally. It’s an absolute killer and leaves me bent double for days afterwards but the views are jaw-dropping and it’s excellent exercise. You deserve a medal for carrying the saplings and trowels up 😀

  2. Sounds a bit like self-torture to me. (a) I detest large numbers of people; (2) I DETEST people pushing past/barging; (3) I DETEST going up hills. I suppose I will admit that these are all things possibly peculiar to moi … Sighh … and I do agree that the summit does provide sensational views (inquinamento aside).

      • Pooh ! (not that one …) – who cares about them ?!
        When I read this post, I rushed off to our library and yanked out my A.A. Milnes and read “Now we are Six”: why I didn’t read “Winnie the Pooh” is beyond me. Talk about contrary … 🙂

  3. Did you take a pick nick lunch Andrew? I imagine a cane basket with lots of delicacies including croissants, paper napkins and a flask of coffee. I liked the last shot most! I did not know HK could be so lovely and beautifully spread out. I suppose carrying saplings and a trowel would prevent carrying food and drinks as well.

    • We had our water supplies Gerard and an ’emergency bun’ but we were down by lunchtime. The reward for an early start in the cooler temperatures. HK is very green in some areas but always under threat of further development.

  4. great so many did the walk and planting. also glad you made the ascent and descent safely. Hope you had a good lunch to celebrate. Magnificent scenery, not what comes to mind when thinking of HK .

  5. Well done for toughing through the steep climb and bending, digging, planting the saplings. Not easy with a sore back. What gorgeous views along the way!

    • The back was well nursed over night, Caroline, with sticky Tiger Balm patches. Otherwise I would never have made it. I never knew saplings could be so heavy!

  6. Here’s a virtual medal for your accomplishment, Andrew. I admire your feat. I find climbing hills much less fun than at one time not so distant. The huffing and puffing and cramping takes all the fun out. But the trees will bring joy in the future….you may just not want to climb to enjoy them.
    Great view.

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