March 26, 2012
Recently I was asked to speak in Hong Kong and had a few extra days to play. So my friend Rob Raker traveled with me for some truly exotic climbing. We met another friend, Stuart Sharpless who owns Paradigm Consulting, which is a diverse company involved in corporate team building, adventure films, and managing the top adventure athletes in Asia. Stuart was a wonderful host who showed us some of the highlights of Hong Kong.
Hiking with Stuart on Kauloon. Photo by Rob Raker.
One of our first destinations was Lion Rock on Kauloon (Nine Dragons) Island, which is right across the bay from Hong Kong. After a 45 minute hike, we roped up for a really fun five pitch climb on good quality granite. It was a chilly, foggy day that almost felt like Scotland but we got glimpses of this large climbing area with a wide range of routes. The next day, we climbed at Central Crag, which is one of the most unusual crags in the world. The approach starts off with a rugged trail that leads to a series of fixed lines that you pull your way up several hundred feet. At the top of the lines is a cliff of one pitch climbs. What makes this place so unique is there are tall office buildings just fifty feet behind you.
Erik at Central Crag. Photo by Rob Raker.
Stuart also took us sea kayaking in a deepwater bay of the South China Sea, which was a lot of fun. When we reached Lama Island, we went for a beautiful hike along a trail that was strewn with boulders. Here I got to practice my photography skills while Rob climbed.
Erik hiking on Lama Island. Photo by Rob Raker.
Erik and Rob in sea kayaks.
Rob Raker bouldering on Lama Island. Photo by Erik Weihenmayer.