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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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Not given to political statements myself at all, but I might take the opportunity to raise a little Obama CHANGE flag on top of Mt. Stenhouse TODAY on Inauguration Day to celebrate this momentous day!

It'll be my first time ever up there. Let's hope I won't end up like that unfortunate hiker they found up there a few years after his accident. But I'll be going with a friend and his dog...

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Let's hope I won't end up like that unfortunate hiker they found up there a few years after his accident.

Ooooo - that sounds gruesome and ripe for weaving into a local Lamma Ghost story. What happened?

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Ooooo - that sounds gruesome and ripe for weaving into a local Lamma Ghost story. What happened?


Quite true. Several years ago a guy (I think an airline steward) disappeared while hiking near Stenhouse. His body was found months later on the southern slopes.


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I remember that, but it was more like 15 years ago. I believe he broke his leg and either starved to death or died of exposure.


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Well, we survived Mt. Stenhouse today and I've got a witness and 3 dogs to confirm our successful ascent and even the much more difficult descent down the other side.

But we didn't find any hikers (dead or alive) along the way, but we can understand very well now how you could so easily perish up there if you'd ever go up there alone. One little misstep while climbing and you'd be stranded and it might easily take several weeks for another hiker to come that way. But nowadays, mobile phones work well even on top of Mt. Stenhouse.

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Yes, a poor bloke succumbed to exposure, after falling while hiking. It was around 14/15 years ago. I think the man was Scandinavian. HIs mother visited Lamma, and hiked to the top of Mt. Stenhouse with the local inspector :-(


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Let's take a little online poll about how many people in this forum have actually ever been to the top of Mount Stenhouse, the highest peak on Lamma Island at 353 metres. I can't imagine more than a small percentage of Lamma's population and visitors ever going up there.

It was easily the physically hardest and most strenuous thing I've ever done in Hong Kong in 20+ years. Till a few months ago I wouldn't even dared to dream to ever make it up there. 5.5 hours of gruelling almost all up and downhill walking, often climbing over sheer rock face and densely vined jungle. It's some of the wildest, steepest and totally remote area up there, just beautiful, perfect weather yesterday and well worth my slightly aching knees and a few scrapes and scratches...

I'm feeling great today, the day after, still able to walk, I still can't quite believe this huge personal milestone in my weight loss adventure and makeover. Tomorrow, I'll start working out more with a personal trainer...

So, have you personally ever been up there, more than once, alone or not and how long ago? Please vote in our poll and then tell us more about your adventure!

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I've been up there once or twice, about 10 years ago.
I left it late in the day so came down in the dark, so that was a little interesting.


And we have to mention our former buddy Spinoza, who made a point of telling everyone how he'd scaled Stenhouse, making it sound like Everest without oxygen.


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Have you ever personally been up to Mount Stenhouse?


I seem to recall that Spinosa claimed to have "climbed Mt Stenhouse" but after some probing it emerged that he had merely "climbed on Mt Stenhouse" i.e. rambled around a bit but never actually got to the top.

I fear that the wording of the title of the questionnaire survey is rather ambiguous too, "been up to Mt Stenhouse?" well, does going to the pavillion at the base count as "going up to Mt Stenhouse?" Perhaps a tighter wording such as "I have climbed to the summit of Mt Stenhouse" might sort the genuine climbers from the false claimants.


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Yes, point taken, question changed...

The pavilion at the crossroads to Tung O and Ling Kok Shan is just a few minutes up the hill from Sok Kwu Wan, barely a third of the altitude of Mount Stenhouse and it's all paved path, unlike the little dirt trails afterwards. I passed by that pavilion the other day on my bike while doing the Sok Kwu Wan-Mo Tat Wan-Tung O-Sok Kwu Wan Family Trail. Nobody told me about all the stairs up and down beforehand.

There's a Trig Point column at the very top, the summit of Mount Stenhouse.

You can actually go beyond that, down and up to another peak of similar height. Later, we went down partially and then returned to the top to look for a friend's sunglasses he'd forgotten up there a few weeks ago. So we've returned twice to the Trig Point on Mount Stenhouse. So if I wanted to be really vain and bragging I could say that we reached the summit THREE times in a single day, and all without additional oxygen! :roll:

By the way, here's my own proof, photo taken of the Trig Point yesterday, with my witness, plus two famous Lamma doggie celebrities, Gail the Official Companion of the Official Court Pet Correspondent and Bianchino the Two-Timer. Of course, we didn't leave the poster up there, no littering at all, even cleaning up some of the non-paper garbage up there as well, taking it down with us.

Bianchino, alias Bobo, has been featured in the Lamma-zine before (May 15, 2007: Bianchino – Lovable Rogue & Two-Timer) as having two families taking care of him, unknown to both of them till recently, one family in Sok Kwu Wan and one in Yung Shue Wan.


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Wow, so far 5 out of 6 voters in our poll have been to the summit of Mount Stenhouse!

Can this be statistically representative for the entire Lamma population? Surely not. If so many people would go up there, then there'd be traffic jams of hikers up there, like at Mount Everest sometimes. We didn't meet anybody during our 5.5 hours stumbling up and down and around the many small and big hills up there...

More votes, please!

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Did it a few times just under 2 hours from YSW and back.

Hey gung when are you going to post a picture of the new slimline you. The way my weight is going we might not be that far apart now.


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My new, superfit Personal Trainer claimed 3 hours from Tai Wan Old Village to the summit and back a few weeks ago. If you did that in only two hours, then we all stand in amazed awe and astonished admiration.

But doesn't it take an hour already just to get to Sok Kwu Wan one way? Takes me even half an hour on my bike each way... That would just leave one hour for climbing up AND down. WOW!

About the new me, I've shrunk enough to hide behind that Trig Point pillar in the photo above, so you can't see me in the photo...

Still another 32.2 pounds to lose before I become officially "Overweight" only (BMI), instead of the former medically charming term of "Super Morbidly Obese." Climbing Mount Stenhouse is great for losing weight, several of my pounds got left up there somewhere in the bushes; mostly water only, probably.

So you don't have to worry, you'd have to gain quite a bit of weight till we'd meet in the middle. Another intermediate celebration will be due when I finally reach ONEDERLAND (the "wonderland" below 200 pounds, 1xx-land, in weight-loss speak a fantasy land full of health, fitness and the good life.)

Time to hit the gym and plan my next local hill climb. There are just a few left on Lamma now to conquer and some don't seem to have any paths of any kind to the top at all. Any suggestions?<HR>
11 out of 12 voters in our poll so far have been to the summit at least once!

WOW, Lamma must have one of the fittest population of any area in HK! Why doesn't this come as a surprise? :D

Hey, anybody ready to admit that they tried but didn't make it to the top yet or that they haven't been up there yet and think we're all nuts for even trying? The poll is totally anonymous and even I can't find out who voted. So be honest, please.

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Congratulations Gung and a great day to have achieved it. One of those days when you may well be asked "where were you when Barack was innagurated?" and Mt. Stenhouse is a good one to say!

Not wanting to brag, but I have done the summit once with my (then 13 year old son) and then next time with four of my children ages (at the time) 3,5,14,15. Admittedly I/we carried the 3 year old most of the way but Louie (4) pretty much did it on his own (had to shove him up a couple of verticals along the way).

We slid back down mostly 'train-style' to the Sham Wan beach and ran sweating and exhausted straight into the sea. Oh, and we all started from Pak Kok!


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
My new, superfit Personal Trainer claimed 3 hours from Tai Wan Old Village to the summit and back a few weeks ago. If you did that in only two hours, then we all stand in amazed awe and astonished admiration.

But doesn't it take an hour already just to get to Sok Kwu Wan one way? Takes me even half an hour on my bike each way... That would just leave one hour for climbing up AND down. WOW!

About the new me, I've shrunk enough to hide behind that Trig Point pillar in the photo above, so you can't see me in the photo...

Still another 32.2 pounds to lose before I become officially "Overweight" only (BMI), instead of the former medically charming term of "Super Morbidly Obese." Climbing Mount Stenhouse is great for losing weight, several of my pounds got left up there somewhere in the bushes; mostly water only, probably.

So you don't have to worry, you'd have to gain quite a bit of weight till we'd meet in the middle. Another intermediate celebration will be due when I finally reach ONEDERLAND (the "wonderland" below 200 pounds, 1xx-land, in weight-loss speak a fantasy land full of health, fitness and the good life.)

Time to hit the gym and plan my next local hill climb. There are just a few left on Lamma now to conquer and some don't seem to have any paths of any kind to the top at all. Any suggestions?<HR>
11 out of 12 voters in our poll so far have been to the summit at least once!

WOW, Lamma must have one of the fittest population of any area in HK! Why doesn't this come as a surprise? :D

Hey, anybody ready to admit that they tried but didn't make it to the top yet or that they haven't been up there yet and think we're all nuts for even trying? The poll is totally anonymous and even I can't find out who voted. So be honest, please.


Well done on the weight and fitness it must have taken quite alot of determination.

Top of Stenhouse and back in under 2 hours I definitely did it. It was from Granny Chan's to Granny Chan's. In fact if I recall it was actually closer to 1:45 but I didn't want to make a false boast.

I could also do Granny Chan to Sok Ku Wan return in than less 15 minutes on a bike hung over.

Anyway now I am fat, I blame driving a 4wd and stopping smoking.


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i rode up on my unicyle once, i've got the pictures on an old floppy somewhere

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Rainbow Rest. website wrote:
Lamma's highest mountain - Yam Shan (also called Mount Stenhouse). On a clear day, you can see as far as Tsing Ma Bridge and Chuk Ko Bay where Disneyland is built, and the nearby chains of small islands. You should not miss this magnificent view!
For hikers and rock climbers who enjoy greater levels of difficulty, Mount Stenhouse should be an ideal choice because it is an unexplored natural reserve, spotted with war caves and cannon sites - from the Second World War.

Anybody knows where these "war caves and cannon sites" are on Mount Stenhouse?

My once-yearly ascent of Stenhouse is coming up soon, before the weather turns foggy again like last year, so I'd love to see these caves.
Anybody who knows them would like to come along with our very small group in the next few weeks?

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Might be up for it...... know quite a few of the "tunnels" although wouldn't advise going inside some of them without someone on the outside. Some are a little worse for wear & have wintering snakes inside.


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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.


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I walked up to the peak recently along the path starting from Lo So Shing beach. After several years of visiting Sai Kung sites I was surprised to discover Lamma is such a great land. I would be happy to join the "exploratory expedition to the peak and caves".


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