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Have you ever climbed to the summit of Mount Stenhouse?
Yes, more than 5 years ago 12%  12%  [ 5 ]
Yes, less than 5 years ago 33%  33%  [ 14 ]
Yes, more than once! 28%  28%  [ 12 ]
I tried, but didn't make it all the way to the summit 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Not yet, but I'd like to try it soon 23%  23%  [ 10 ]
No way, I'm not nuts! 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
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We're getting closer to our yearly ascent of Mt Stenhouse, before it gets hotter and wetter and foggier in springtime. I'm guiding a few small Sunday hikes these days to prepare for it, as it's definitely not for casual concreted-paths-only hikers.

We still need somebody who knows exactly where these tunnels are and how to get there from the Lo So Shing side! It's way to steep and dangerous to climb all over that hillside searching for the tunnel(s).

Anybody?

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Coming down north side towards Lo So Shing there is a tunnel about 6tf bt 4 ft going in straight 20 yards then 90 degree left 15yds and comes out east side, or something like that, been a while since I did that. Dont know if cld find find again but wldnt mind to try again.


JAF, you're not describing the tunnel down in Lo So Shing Village, in the hillside behind a little banana plantation? It sounds very much like it, but it's definitely not up on Mount Stenhouse.
I shot some great pictures of centipedes and other creepy crawlies in there last year, but it's pretty clean and well-maintained otherwise, it seems...,

Where's the tunnel you're describing? Could you spot it on a map?

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Well, it was well over 10 yrs ago so can't really be more precise, but I am pretty sure it was about halfway down Stenhouse towards the LSS beach, so I doubt its the one you mention by LSS village. Coming down from Mt Stenhouse is often a bit of mystery tour for me. It's a straightforward route going up the east side (starting from the pavilion at the top of the path between SKW and Tung O), but the routes down, including retracing the easy east side trail, are less obvious; you have to give it some more thought. I met a guy who told me he'd spent a night up there once because he couldn't find a trail back down on a misty spring afternoon with the light fading, as I could well imagine. Paths coming down the LSS beach side are more difficult and overgrown, and it was on some such rough route I got on the day I saw the tunnel. Maybe I'll have to go back to see if I can find it again


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I climbed it on the Saturday of CNY with 6 others - ranging in age from 9 to 48 years old.

We walked to SKW and then up the stairs to the right of the temple - at the pagoda we went into the bushes- there was a path - in some places it was a case of hanging onto branches and dragging ourselves up.

Our two dogs - 10 years and 8 years - managed it too but were totally exhausted and had to be cajoled at some points to carry on.

It was a fabulous feeling to reach the top - we came down the way we went up.

We left home in Pak Kok at about 920 and were home at about 345-4. We took lunch and snacks with us and were not hurrying at all.

I'd recommend it for an ace day out - make sure you take food and lots of water with you - and a mobile phone (just in case).


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If anyone who's familiar with the trail wants to go, let me know so I can tag along! Would like to check this out.


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I'm in!

But I've only done this a few times and only went down the backside to Sok Kwu Wan once, usually using the easier and more familiar route that ThomasL describes above.

Could we find somebody who knows the way down or, even better, up from Lo So Shing? There are detailed maps on the Govt, maps website (much more detailed and up-to-date than Centamap I've used before):
http://www2.map.gov.hk/gih3/view/index.jsp

There's a mobile phone version, much more detailed than Google maps, and together with the GPS in many mobile phones and good mobile coverage even on top of Mt. Stenhouse, we shouldn't get lost:
http://www.map.gov.hk/mobile.

But many of these paths don't really exist anymore, totally overgrown. I found that out the hard way, trying to follow some paths on the govt maps into the totally wild, uninhabited hills beyond Mo Tat Wan. Even with the help of my smartphone maps and GPS I found most of the paths had become totally overgrown due to nobody using them anymore.

So who's a bit familiar with the path from Mt. Stenhouse to Lo So Shing? I'd suggest to use that for either going up or down, using the familiar, mostly-used path via the pavilion for the other half of the hike.

I also just bought the large printed map of Lamma Island that Alan recommended a few weeks ago. Useful, but by far not as detailed and up-to-date as the online maps, of course.

The weather is perfect for hiking now and if we catch a good-visibility day, the views should be spectacular, something like this photo below, courtesy of Wang Hong.

But this is NOT a trip for tourists and casual hikers, there's some mild climbing involved and you might have to carry any dogs coming along (most welcome) for short distances over big boulders. Long sleeves, long trousers to avoid scratches and serious footwear are strongly recommended.

Lamma-zine story and photos about my first climb:
http://www.compunicate.com/Lamma-zine/Blog/Blog-2009-01.html#Jan24

How about Sat, Feb 18, anyone?

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Thanks Lamma-Gung! I'm in for Sat 18 Feb or Sun 19 Feb.


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Who's coming along next Sat or Sun, depending on the weather and especially the visibility?

The last time I went up it was all in fog and we almost lost our way. I'd also still like to find somebody who knows the way up or down at the back to Lo So Shing beach to make it even more interesting.

To give you a detailed idea on the hike, have a look at Lamma-zine stories and photos about 3 different hikes up Mt. Stenhouse:

http://www.compunicate.com/Lamma-zine/Blog/Blog-2007-12.html#Dec30
http://www.compunicate.com/Lamma-zine/Blog/Blog-2009-01.html#Jan24
http://www.compunicate.com/Lamma-zine/Blog/Blog-2010-04.html#Apr5

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The back way to LSS can be a bit tricky ift he elephant grass in the old paddies behind the beach hasn't burnt down recently, we ended up taking a machete with us ;)


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Tried to climb it 20 years ago but could not find a path. Sounds like there is no path, cool, count me in on your next visit.


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Weather forecast is very cloudy and cold this weekend, around 12 degrees and wind force 6, especially in the mornings when we'd be hiking up to Mt Stenhouse. Refreshingly cool when sweating while climbing up the occasionally very steep path, but it gets pretty windy on those hills, exposed on all sides, especially atop the 350-metre high double peaks.

Nousername, 20 years ago was the last time you went up?
Anybody else who's been up there a bit more recently, especially the back side? We went down the back side once but came out at the back of Sok Kwu Wan, not Lo So Shing. The second time we got lost in the dense fog up there, while it was all clear at lower altitudes. But I'd have loved to explore the man-made caves up there, probably from WWII, but the guy who's been in them personally is not eager about returning as he told me yesterday. Anybody else?

But if we can't find an experienced guide for the back side and the caves, we might just use the conventional, usual front path to go up and down, via the Pavilion, which is a quite safe and open trail. The big Burmese python (and other snakes and wildlife) spotted by several people up there are *probably* still hibernating....

There are a few more paths up and down by now, but very overgrown during the warmer seasons. I've attached the Govt. map below, but many of the Lamma paths on these maps are so overgrown that you can't get through without a machete. I've discovered this myself in recent months while GPS-hiking, trying to follow rarely used hill trails on my live Google maps, forcing me to turn back which I really hate to do!.

Looking at the weather, how about next Sat, Feb 25?
I'd prefer Saturdays, as we're doing outdoor Boostcamps early every Sunday morning. Maybe I can invite those very fit ladies to come up to Mt Stenhouse, too!


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Looking at the weather, how about next Sat, Feb 25?
I'd prefer Saturdays, as we're doing outdoor Boostcamps early every Sunday morning. Maybe I can invite those very fit ladies to come up to Mt Stenhouse, too!


Lamma-Gung I'm up for it but will be useless as a guide!


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where is the path that leads from lo so shing ? I've never found it.


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gfunk wrote:
where is the path that leads from lo so shing ? I've never found it.

There is a path from the top down towards LSS, however the bottom end of it is almost always overgrown and impossible to find, it's actually a stream bed as I recall and quite frighteningly steep in places. There was also a path from LLS following the contours about 100 meters up along the southern flank of stenhouse, but it too is overgrown, we gave up and cut up to the cliffs below the summit, do people still climb on those? The climbers used to take machetes and clear paths to the base of the cliffs.


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Looking at the weather, how about next Sat, Feb 25?

We considered going up Mt Stenhouse last Sat, but when reaching the pavilion - up the hill behind Sok Kwu Wan's new Tin Hau Temple - Mt Stenhouse was all covered in fog. So we went down the hill the other side and joined the beach cleanup in Tung O Wan instead, together with Living Lamma, BoL staff, Philip Securities staff and the Hiking Meetup group. It was the Meetup leader's 100th hike for this group with thousands of HK members in about 2 years and he lost 40 pounds during this time.

Then we walked back to Yung Shue Wan, via Mo Tat Wan and seafood lunch in Sok Kwan. See my GPS map recorded by the MapMyHike Android app.

So we'll wait for better, warmer, rain- and fog-free weather before actually going up all the way to Mt Stenhouse. ThomasL, I'll keep you posted, plus whoever else would like to come along, probably taking the most reasonable route, up and down via the pavilion.


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The foggy weather has finally stopped and we're getting serious about ascending Mt Stenhouse this weekend or over the Easter weekend next week.

A photographer friend of mine suggested going up to Mt. Stenhouse BEFORE sunrise to get some unique photos from up there. :shock:

Has anybody EVER done that? It's tough enough to climb up there during daytime, but at night?

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
The foggy weather has finally stopped and we're getting serious about ascending Mt Stenhouse this weekend or over the Easter weekend next week.

A photographer friend of mine suggested going up to Mt. Stenhouse BEFORE sunrise to get some unique photos from up there. :shock:

Has anybody EVER done that? It's tough enough to climb up there during daytime, but at night?


I climbed stenhouse at night, new years eve 1999, it wasn't too bad, I don't think I even took a flashlight. The weather was clear and the sunrise was fantastic, even better was looking across at HK and seeing all the camera flashes as people took pictures of the sunrise. It was cold as hell though, and really windy. There was a family camping up there, but they climbed the day before and slept in a tent.


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Went up last week from Sok Kwu Wan. Surprisingly steep and a bit slippery on the first face, mainly caused by dried earth crumbles on top of compacted earth. Thankfully the plants provide good hand-holds.

The vegetation on the top of the second 'false friend' is now amazingly high so you can't see through it, and there's a slightly confusing fork in the path at one point. But generally it's still a quick and rewarding ascent, with views as sensational as I remember them from the last time, which was fifteen years ago. See below.

Bloody windy on top but the tall plants, none of which were there the last time I went up, did a good job of insulation.


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Has anybody EVER done that? It's tough enough to climb up there during daytime, but at night?


There is an annual 4 Peaks sailing/running race in which Stenhouse is one of the four peaks, the others being Ma On Shan, Violet Hill and Lantau Peak

Due to the conditions and course, some boats arrive at Lamma after dark

This year most runners climbed Stenhouse during the day, but last year most went up after midight

January 2011 start and end times are on this results page:

http://www.abclubhk.com/race/FP2011/4Peaks2011_MtStenhouse.pdf


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Wow, 4 peaks, these guys are nuts!

Any photos? I've heard rumours about this iron man-style race over the years but never met anybody participating or even seen any more info or contacts about it.

Any contact or info about the next race? I'll definitely try to cover and photograph that (next Jan?)

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