Steve A: I’m originally from the UK but I’ve lived in Hong Kong on and off for over 20 years. In my youth I had to be dragged out for walks, but Hong Kong has transformed me into a lover of the outdoors. My favourite hikes are those that combine exercise, scenery, history and a relaxing finishing location. Hong Kong Hikers aims to combine good quality hikes with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere – and always with the safety and well-being of our hikers to the fore. My hikes usually include stories from Hong Kong’s past and sometimes even a ghost story. But there’ll always be an option to finish somewhere where we can relax and enjoy some snacks and a drink at the end. Exercise is always easier if you’re having fun.
Steve K: When I moved to Hong Kong 4 years ago from St Petersburg FL, I found some similarities to my hometown in the US, a temperate climate and white sandy (ok, maybe a few more rocks in them) beaches. What I never expected to find was the immense beauty and diversity of hiking trails. Who would have guessed that Hong Kong really is 70% green space! There is also no doubt that Hiking is one of the main reasons I remain in Hong Kong! Having a chance to meet new people, help them improve, and explore new areas and places is why I joined Hong Kong Hikers and have since become a leader. With a public transport system second to none, it is difficult to find excuses not to get out and see this great treasure we have!
Dave: Born in the UK, I have lived in Asia since 1990, and in Hong Kong since 2006. I have always enjoyed hiking and the outdoors and try to hike at least three times each week. I like all kinds of hikes but these days I’m mostly a social hiker at distances up to 15km. My favourite routes to lead are on and around the main trails on Hong Kong Island or on Lantau Island with a finish at a suitable place for post-hike refreshment. I can easily be convinced to join hikes in other parts of Hong Kong, especially if there is some interesting history attached. When I started regular hiking 10 years ago I participated in a number of Oxfam Trailwalkers in different countries and also in a number of Ultra Marathons around Asia. I’m happy to share stories as we walk. Look forward to seeing you on the trails.
Susie: I moved to Hong Kong in the summer of 2012 and, like so many newbies, never expected to discover the endless trails and beautiful countryside here. As a child I lived near the Black Forest in Germany before my family moved to Vail, Colorado in the US. My love for the outdoors stems from being around all that natural beauty! I joined Hong Kong Hikers in 2013 and I have made countless friends from all over the world. I enjoy showing people the spectacular parts of Hong Kong that so many do not know about. I lead hikes because it keeps me fit and relatively sane in a huge city!
Anthony: “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps.” Blessed with growing up in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons, I approach the outdoors and hiking with the attitude that journeying awakens us. Relatively new to Hong Kong, I have been a group member for less than three years. I have walked most of the four major trails in HK and have completed the Wikipedia top 100 peaks of HK. I am fortunate to be a student, travelling spouse and virtually a full-time hiker. I love the connection that you get when you are completely in tune with your natural environment. Experience wise, I have been fortunate to complete long-distance hikes in Wales, New Zealand, Austria and Ascension. I have hiked in the “Mines of Moria”, completed the UK Three Peaks, and have leapt between Adam and Eve on Tryfan. I also believe no hike is impossible if the pace is right and a beer follows. If you have the good fortune to be rewarded with good views, good company and discovery, then life is good. If I happen to help others explore the joys of new places, then I am happy.
Steve P: Born in the UK, I grew up in Snowdonia, North Wales. Forests and hills have always had a place in my heart. I moved to Hong Kong in January 2013 and I am pretty new to the hiking scene of Hong Kong and although I have done a few hikes by myself, it has only been since August 2014 that I started hiking seriously as part of a self imposed fitness regime which goes to the side when I find a pub at the end of a route. I do like fast, long & hard hikes and also like to explore new trails and have been known to push the limit but then I can be lazy and do a slow hike which ends in a swim. It is all just good old outdoors fun.