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IA Staff Training Weekend-No pains no gains
2017-09-26

 [SCIE web news, Sept 26th, 2017] In the afternoon of 22th September, nearly 20 staffs led by Gary, set off for Nanshan Campsite, the destination for IA staff training week. Nanshan Campsite, which is located at Lantau Island, Hong Kong, is with convenient transportation, spacious space and good view.

  



As soon as we arrived at the campsite, we picked up a good place to put up the tent. During dinner time, some members chose to walk to the nearby restaurant for dinner, the others preferred to stay and prepare for their simple but delicious dinner. After dinner, when we looked at the starry sky and listened to the insects and frogs, we thought this should be the feeling of being in the nature.

 

On 23 Sept., we got up early to do preparations. We discussed the experience of sleeping in the tent washing by rain and being visited by the unexpected guest buffalo during the midnight when having breakfast. After breakfast, we were divided into two groups, the beginners and the advanced, to finish the assigned tasks.

 

The experienced advanced group, leading by David and Ian, would start their first day’s hiking from today. They began to plan for today’s walking route according to their tasks and the landform.

 

While for the beginners group, they learnt reading maps and navigation from Gary. After Gary’s clear but complete explanation, most of the group members acquired knowledge of reading maps, grid and bearing.

 



Practices make perfect. After a simple lunch, the beginners set off for their first journey- Lantau Trail Section 2.  This trail was not a difficult way to go, but Gary reminded us there is a junction which might be missed very easily. Gary’s right, we missed the junction unknowingly and could not find it even when we returned for it. Gary reminded us again it’s time to use the navigation knowledge learned in the morning. Finally, we discovered the footpath, which was hidden among the overgrown weeds. It was a hard way to go with falling trees and spiders waiting for its prey that jumping into our sight.

 

At that moment, we understood that there may be no way to go until you create it. After several hours walking, the beginners group and the advanced group encountered at a cafe which is not far away from our campsite. We all agreed that nothing was better than having a cup of cold drink and sitting in the air conditioner room at that moment. 

 

On 24 Sept, all of us were divided into three groups, leading by David, Ian and Gary respectively. Today’s plan was to leave the campsite at about 9 a.m., walking with our heavy backpacks for about 20 kilometers to the Tung Chung MTR station. It was a challenging day with five difficult problems for us, they were heavy backpacks, climbing up, strong wind, heavy rain, and muddy path. It was not easy to climb the mountain with the elevation of over 700 meters.

 

Even more unfortunately, it was rainy one hours later after we set off and we were wet over by rain and sweat. When we reached the hillside, we suffered from the strong wind, which made the journey much more difficult. Thanks to the heavy backpack, we were not blow away by the strong wind and we kept trudging along. The footpath was very slippery after raining, each step was kind of challenge for us.  However, we kept forward and helped with each other to get through.

 

The weather cleared up after the strong wind and heavy rain, the distant landscape came into our view. We were impressed by the unbeatable view of the HK airport, which is in the middle of the sea and surrounded by the blue water. Taking a deep breath and feeling the fresh air, we seemed to forget what we have suffered for the long day.

 

After 6 hours’ walking, we could feel the tremble in our legs. As soon as we reached the urban road, everyone could not wait to cheer for our perseverance and courage. On the way back to Shenzhen, we shared our feelings and what we have learnt in this weekend contentedly. For this IA staff training week, we experienced difficulties and hardships, however, at the same time, we felt the warmness from the team and had a chance to embrace the nature.  It was challenge as well as enjoyment, which would be indelible memory for us.

 

(Report/Alice; Photos/Chopin, Frank, Alice)

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