Advice by Sport
Most people stop hikings in the hot summer in Hong Kong, but there are still some ways to play around. Stream hiking is one of them. What exactly is stream hike, and how to do it safely? We will give you all the answers in this article.
Stream hiking is walking from the bottom of to the top of the mountain along the river stream (you can also do the other way round but it is more dangerous and you will need more equipment, which will not be covered in this article).
Stream hiking is not the same as hiking. Stream hike in Hong Kong requires scrambling, stream crossing, and sometimes swimming. All that makes it an even more exciting experience! What’s better than taking a relaxing dip into a freshwater stream in the heat?
While stream hike is a great outing in summer, there are still a lot of things to keep in mind. Let's start with safety:
Remember not to stream hike alone, bring along sun protection clothing, and do enough warm-up. Based on the rules of leaving no traces (LNT), we should also take note of the following:
1) Quick-drying; 2) Abrasion resistance; 3) Slim fit. It is also recommended to bring an extra set to change on the way back.
It is recommended to buy a thick PU shoulder bag, which is different from the one for kayaking. Before you buy it, remember to check if it is airtight after buckling it up.
Waterproof phone pouch
Pack your electronic device in a special waterproof bag designed for phones for best protection.
Stream hiking shoes
Unlike general hiking shoes, slip resistance is the most important. Get the shoes designed for stream hike to ensure safety.
As you don't use sunscreen, remember to wear a hat for sun protection. A chin strap would be useful while crossing the stream too.
They help you deal with bright and direct sunlight. Remember to add an eyewear retainer in case they fall off.
Water bottle or water bladder
Timely hydration is very important for summer outdoor activities.
If you want to climb with lighter gear, you can also choose to bring a water filter instead of a heavy water bottle, or take it as the last resort when you are out of water. Of course, most water filters only filter bacteria, not viruses. Remember to pick a water container that fits with the water filter.