And yet, I own the gear. Living in Hong Kong has taught me that looking the part is half the battle. I have hiking boots, which I have to admit are the most comfortable footwear I own. I also have hiking trousers (can be unzipped into long shorts and short shorts). I have a fleece, a rain coat, a rucksack, flasks for hot drinks and cold. And now, courtesy of Nick's mum, we even have a compass!
|From the top in Norway!|
And yet, I've recently been hiking in Hong Kong. To experience all sides of this busy metropolis - the urban as well as the rural - one must hike. Nearly all the flat areas have long been claimed for the countless skyscrapers found here and therefore the rest of the ground is hilly. The downside to hiking here (and you must go at the right time of the year, otherwise at number one by far is the killer heat/humidity combination) is the fact that many of the paths have been paved, or steps have been laid. I find, due to the monotony of the movement, my muscles tire more quickly, so I actually prefer to hike on non-paved paths. That way you have to pay far more attention to where you are going and the whole experience is less tiring and more enjoyable.
|Big Wave Bay|
|Nick walking along the Dragon's Back trail.|
And yet, I did like the fact that my muscles ached the next day reminding me what a journey we'd made. And yes, I will be going hiking again!