"STEPLESS" HIKES

In principle, the Hansen’s "Stepless" Hikes differ from our normal hikes only in the fact that there will be NO stairs to climb along the route
and that they, generally, follow paved paths. However, just because they contain no stairs, the "stepless" hikes are not necessarily flat. The
routes through the
Shing Mun and Tai Lam Country Parks build up a altitude gains and losses of up to 750 metres either way.

It would actually be possible to push a pram along most of these routes, but we do ask you to contact us in advance, should you like to do so...

Footwear, Clothing and Other Equipment

All Hansen's Hikes can be done in ordinary sneakers with a good grip, but we do not recommend wearing tennis shoes or Teva style sandals
on our hikes. They would be more appropriate on our
Bicycle Rides or Photo Shoots. Unless you need the extra ankle support, it has been our
experience that proper hiking boots generally are comfortable only on walks taking place from December through February.

Other than sun-screen, sun-glasses, hat/cap and insect repellent, you should also seriously consider bringing a shirt or even a full change of
clothes, especially on hikes offering the opportunity for a swim.  The combination of wet clothes and the very efficient air-conditioning on
Hong Kong trains and buses can be hazardous to your health...

A hiking stick could also come in handy on some of the steeper slopes.

Finally, but most importantly, you must remember to bring plenty to drink as the high humidity levels in Hong Kong increase the risk of
dehydration and subsequent heatstroke dramatically, especially on hot summer days. A
minimum of 1.5 litres per person is recommended,
half a litre of which should be an electrolyte/ion replacement drink, such as Pocari Sweat, Gatorade, Lucosade or Green Power. Experience
has shown that - even in copious amounts - bottled distilled water alone just doesn’t do the trick. However, diluted fruit juice or cordial would
also work…

Distance

All distances quoted are in kilometres.  1 kilometre = 0.62 miles.

Difficulty

The difficulty level of all Hansen's Hikes are rated on a scale from 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being the easiest and 10 the most difficult.

Hikes rated
1, 2 or 3 are categorized as being “easy.” This indicates that the route offers a relaxed walk with few, if any, inclines of
significance. Suitable for novices and families.

Hikes rated
4, 5 or 6 are categorized as being “moderate.” This means that the route is more difficult and, usually, longer than those of the
easy rides, but still within the endurance and capability of most walkers.The itinerary would rarely involve heights of more than 400 metres.

Hikes rated
7 or 8 are categorized as being “difficult” while hikes rated 9 or 10 are deemed “strenuous." This indicates that a certain
stamina and fitness level is required and that the route might be unsuitable for people suffering from vertigo or with a restricted sense of
balance. A hike might be rated as a 7, 8, 9, or 10 due to its length or because it involves elevations over 400 metres and/or tough walking. The
surface of the trail and the steepness of inclines and descents are also taken into consideration.  These hikes are not recommended for
novice hikers.

Approximate Altitude Change

These numbers indicate the (approximate) total altitude gained and lost during the outing.

Being the total sum of all the peaks, crests, dips and valleys encountered during a walk, the numbers are only an indication of the terrain we
might encounter. The numbers do not necessarily reflect the steepness of our route. Some "stepless" hikes might include only one steep
and high hill, while others would contain numerous low sloping inclines and descents, yet they might reach the same total amount of altitude
gained or lost.

Highest Point

This number indicates the height above sea-level of the highest physical point along the route.

Prices

All prices are quoted per person on a join-in tour and in Hong Kong dollars based on a minimum of 5 participants per event. Should the
number of participants on a hike be less than 5, the price might change. However, all prices are guaranteed not to change after you have
received your confirmation of booking from us.
Write
Michael Hansen
for more information about our "stepless" hikes.
Hansen's "Stepless" Hikes
by Hansen's Events
We welcome your scheduling suggestions. Here is a list of "stepless" routes currently available:
Badlands, Orchards and Oysters
Border Patrol
Border Night Patrol
Northern Frontier
Shing Mun Country Park
Shing Tolo Waterfront - Western Route
Tai Lam Country Park - Northern Route
Tai Lam Country Park - Southern Route
... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
Crossing the arid badlands west of Tuen Mun....
A forest track through Tai Lam Country Park
The track along the Tsung Shan ridge between Ping Che and Sheung Shui....
Disclaimer
Participants on all Hansen's Events' hikes and rides take part entirely at their own risk. By joining any of our events all participants are automatically seen to
have agreed to have entered into a disclaimer which exonerates the outing leaders and the organizers from any personal or public responsibility whatsoever
and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.