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AFCD "improvement" or trail vandalism at Tai Lam Chung?

6 years 4 weeks ago #2979 by StanleyJ
Looks like this has been the work of the AFCD... did Tai Lam reservoir as part of a bigger ride today and there were a few "trickier" (narrow/gradient) bits in the bamboo groves have been re-sculpted. Didn't stop to take photos unfortunately. :whistle:

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6 years 1 month ago #2978 by StanleyJ
Guess we'll have to wait to find out. Wasn't fixing up Ho Pui (reservoir loop) out of the question for now (this time last year) as it involved helicopter drops of huge rocks? I ass-u-me the IMBA guys are already here and scoping things out with the AFCD, otherwise it would be a bit daft to start trail building day and not have the route decided? :D Ho Pui pass itself is in better condition... though water erosion is worse where they plastered down the concrete and built stairs. Surprise, surprise.

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6 years 1 month ago #2977 by tom
The AFCD are waiting to consult with the IMBA trail specialists before deciding exactly where the work will be this year but it will be somewhere along Ho Pui and/or the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir sections - perhaps that nasty rocky bit pictured above? These are the most popular trails in the park (perhaps HK) and the TLC section is meant to be targeted at beginners but IMBA rate it intermediate in its current state.

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6 years 1 month ago #2976 by StanleyJ
Oh... and breaking a helmet is way better than breaking your neck. ;)

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6 years 1 month ago #2975 by StanleyJ

YW-Slayer wrote: Can't say I recognise that part as part of the Reservoir Loop - surely that's part of the Ho Pui/Forest Trail, which can be pretty tough? If so, then I think Steve and I did that part a few weeks back. Or maybe we just skipped that part.

tom wrote: Vandalism or not, you now have your chance to carve your name in a trail

Trail building workshops resume in Dec. Check the site front page for more details.

BTW, I recognise that trail. Most folks head up the stairs towards the Tin Fu TSai North trail and other routes like the hornet rather than continue straight towards those rocky sections. I think I broke a helmet near there back in the late 90s


Sorry... the forum was mangling attachments when the files have the same name. I think I've fixed it now.

@YW-Slayer/@Tom: The photo from the second set is indeed part of the Ho Pui trail. As Tom says, that rocky section is the bit "nearest" the dam if you cycle up Ho Pui. Take the trail without crossing the dam, then when you reach a junction, the left path goes up to the rocky section (also the end of Hornet) and straight on goes along Ho Pui pass to Tai Lam. If you come down from Twisk, it's the bit if you carry on looping the Ho Pui reservoir clockwise, rather than turning right and down the final section of Ho Pui downhill. If you come down from Tin Fu Tsai, it's where you end up if you turn left, rather than right. As for Hornet itself, attempted to ride it a couple weeks ago... however the latter half was completely overgrown and was hike-a-bike as the vegetation was so thick couldn't even push a bike through. :S Also Tom has mail... though have the AFCD really not given any hints where the work will be? I saw the AFCD workers earlier on in the year and they said there would be another downhill pointing trail... didn't say where though... figured they might have decided by now? :woohoo:

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6 years 1 month ago #2974 by tom
Vandalism or not, you now have your chance to carve your name in a trail

Trail building workshops resume in Dec. Check the site front page for more details.

BTW, I recognise that trail. Most folks head up the stairs towards the Tin Fu TSai North trail and other routes like the hornet rather than continue straight towards those rocky sections. I think I broke a helmet near there back in the late 90s

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6 years 1 month ago - 6 years 1 month ago #2973 by YW-Slayer
Can't say I recognise that part as part of the Reservoir Loop - surely that's part of the Ho Pui/Forest Trail, which can be pretty tough? If so, then I think Steve and I did that part a few weeks back. Or maybe we just skipped that part.

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6 years 1 month ago - 6 years 1 month ago #2972 by StanleyJ

JaspHK wrote: CMW not Technical...?!?!? :blink: :huh:


Unless bikesteve took me to some other Chi Ma Wan? :P There are definitely bits more difficult than those at Tai Lam... however Ho Pui (reservoir loop) has such lovely features as:

Looking down... not so bad?


Here's looking back up...


Oh... and the drop to the side is 30ft+ on to bare pointy rocks. Make a mistake and it's a helicopter out... and that's just hiking the bike across it. :P
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6 years 1 month ago #2971 by JaspHK
CMW not Technical...?!?!? :blink: :huh:

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6 years 1 month ago #2970 by StanleyJ
Hmmm. Went for a ride with bikesteve once around Chi Ma Wan and don't remember it being evil technical... certainly not the level of evilness at Ho Pui (downhill run from Twisk, the reservoir loop, or Ho Pui Pass into Tai Lam)? :S :whistle:

Anyway... back to the Tai Lam Reservoir modification... I concede that the original step was actually man-made... though clearing it and making that part of the trail very fast is a bit silly considering the trail is mixed use (bikers/hikers/runners). :side:

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