Ascent of Tai Mo Shan on 1996-07-13
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 1996|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Bus|
|Peak:||Tai Mo Shan|
| Location:||Hong Kong|
| Elevation:||944 m / 3100 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportIn 1996 the summit area of Tai Mo Shan was a military compound like it still is today. I don't know if the soldiers there at the time were British or from the PRC, since planning for the 1997 handover was well along at the time. Either way, I could tell right away that I was not getting in. I had to walk the fence-line to get as high as I could and then record this as an unsuccessful ascent.
My approach was on the subway/metro to Tseun Wan, then a bus up the Route Twisk to the high point of the road, and then hiking on a disused old road with cracked pavement to near the top. I was in and out of clouds for most of the hike.
Hong Kong's highest hill is crowned with a radar station, now probably controlled by the Chinese Army and even harder to visit than it was in 1996 (1996-07-13).
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||545 m / 1788 ft|
| Trailhead:||399 m / 1312 ft|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
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