A hiker was killed on Sunday in a fall from a popular but notoriously treacherous ridge within the Kau Nga Ling range of slopes on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island.
The man was said to have been climbing up a spot dubbed “slim chance of survival” – a ridge regarded as the most challenging of three in the area.
He slipped and fell about 30 metres, and others in the group then called authorities for help.
Rescuers from the Government Flying Service took about an hour to find him, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.
Kau Nga Ling, the site of the accident, literally means “Dog Teeth Ridges” in Chinese, and is so named because of its steep sides. It is listed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department as a “high risk location”, which all have a history of fatal and serious accidents.
A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department urged hikers to check the Enjoy Hiking website for important information on how to deal with dangerous situations, especially as more people hike on the trails because of the cooler autumn weather.
Veteran mountaineer Chung Kin-man said Kau Nga Ling, a group of three ridges leading up to Hong Kong’s second highest point Lantau Peak to the north, had long lured hikers with its gorgeous scenery.
Hikers needed to use their hands to balance themselves on the ridges, which had lots of loose stones and were only suitable for those with the right experience, hiking boots and physical strength, he said.
The AFCD spokesman also added that while staying on a marked trail can prevent many accidents, it is still important to know the procedures for dealing with an emergency.