26 October 2016
The man must have taken a short cut at Hsien Ku Fung to climb up Monkey cliff (inset). Photos: Paul Li / YouTube,
The man must have taken a short cut at Hsien Ku Fung to climb up Monkey cliff (inset). Photos: Paul Li / YouTube,

Climbing instructor found dead on Pat Sin Leng

A sport climbing instructor lost his life after falling down from a 60-meter cliff at Pat Sin Leng on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old man, surnamed Lam, was certified dead at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, after he suffered severe injuries to the head, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Lam, an avid climber, was hiking alone atop Hsien Ku Fung, which is at the east end of the Pak Sin Leng mountain range and Wilson Trail Stage 9.

Fellow hikers said Lam might have opted for a short cut to climb up the nearby Monkey Cliff.

Lam had been trapped some 10 meters from the top of the cliff for about two hours before he was spotted by other hikers at around 11 a.m. and taken to the hospital by a Government Flying Service helicopter.

According to the website of China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union, Lam was a grade-one hiking instructor with grade three being the most qualified instructor rank.

Mountaineering expert Chung Kin-man said people should never go hiking alone as any natural environment poses a certain degree of safety risk.

Chung said the common misconception is that accidents could be avoided as long as someone has received training.

Even the most experienced hikers, he said, could still fall victim to accidents.

As the name of the cliff suggests, Monkey Cliff is far from a safe mountain to climb, especially for someone without the proper gear and support.

Pat Sin Leng in Tai Po became popular after a wildfire hit the area on Feb. 10, 1996. Considered by many as the worst of its kind in local history, the wildfire killed three students and two teachers from the Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club Fung Yiu King Memorial Secondary School and injured 13 other students.

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