Ascent of Bukit Timah on 2019-02-13
|Date:||Wednesday, February 13, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||577 ft / 175 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAsia Trip
This was a late travel decision to hit some Asia high points so I planned it as a ten day whirlwind tour of Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. The aim being to have a bit of fun, see sites and drink beer but also to hike the high points of Singapore (Bukit Timah Hill 172m) Hong Kong (Tai Mo Shan 957m) and Macau (Alto Coloane 176m). Not the highest peaks but Hong Kong looked promising with some good potential hikes. I also intended to get in other additional peaks including Victoria Peak (HP of Hong Kong Island 554m), Lantau Peak (HP OF Lantau Island 934m) and to hike the Dragon's Back, apparently Hong Kong’s best 10km walk.
Bukit Timah Hill 172m 13.2.2019.
A fantastic buzzing place even if the beer worked out at £10 a pint! Scorching hot too at 30-32c with high humidity. Bukit Timah Hill; well it is not so high but it is an interesting place. First of all it is a lovely park (Bukit Timah Park/Nature Reserve) and it is set nearly smack bang centre of the island. It is famous for being the location of a critical battle between the British and the Japanese during WW2. The British obviously lost!
Anyway your not going to get altitude sickness on this one but you will get a bit sweaty. I started at the main road but you might as well start at the visitor centre and simply follow the relatively steep but wide footpath that goes past it uphill (NE). It should be busy for you as this is a popular running and walking venue. For some reason the locals tend to walk uphill and walk down backwards. After about a km you can either turn right and go up some very steep steps to the summit section or follow the wide path/road round to the left.
You will come to a veranda of sorts and a big stone with the summit details on. The summit stone will say 166m on it. This is the altitude above the land not sea level which adds another 6m to the height. That’s me next to the stone…and yes you can take the piss out of my shorts as everybody else has!
All in all it was a 3k round trip with an oedema inducing 152m of ascent done in 41 minutes flat. It was great though. I enjoyed it and that was the Singapore HP done.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||499 ft / 152 m|
| Grade/Class:||Easy hike|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||499 ft / 152 m|
| Distance:||1.9 mi / 3 km|
| Start Trailhead:||78 ft / 23 m|
| Time:||41 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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