Day 15: The Cangshan Hike

Yesterday, we hiked up Cangshan Mountain for three hours, and camped at its base afterwards. The mountain has a relatively easy, though still challenging, trail, and the scenery that awaited us at the top made up for our efforts multiple times over. I am quite happy that the hike was only one day long and not three like earlier trips, and I still regret not taking a photo there. The photo above might help you visualize the scene nevertheless. Later, after we ate dinner, we had an especially long Evening Activity (up to 9:30) as we could sleep in this morning. We played cards for most of the time, and struggled to contain our sanity and laughter. Here is to another good weekend!


Hiking Aready??

Ahh!! You went on the practice hike already?? Wow, time is really passing by (and I'm not even there!) I remember thinking that the practice hike was kind of a breeze too, and I'm not trying to scare you or anything, but the actual hike was a difficult. Physically, I think you'll be fine, as long as you keep going, putting one foot in front of the other, you'll do fine; however, it's the mental part that proved to be the most challenging aspect for me. It's nights that are cold and wet (even if it's not raining, trust me, it's wet) and cold fingers. So my advice: bring everything on Mr. T's packing list (I mean everything), nothing more, nothing less. Even if the thing feels redundant, it could just be the thing you'll rely on A LOT. Also, the earlier you get your stick, the more time you have to make it your own and mold it to your hand. I know that makes 0 sense right now, but you'll know soon enough, and you'll grow to love your stick!
I know this is a long comment, but I do hope you read all of it and use the advice I give. Charmaine's also with me, and we miss you and wish you luck on the hike!!

Hi! I am Marco, a student of SAS from 2006 to 2017. I was part of the Tactical trip, which was in Xizhou during May 2017. My family comes from Hong Kong. I have two twin sisters who are two years older than me. One of them, Charlotte K, is a Microcampus alumni. I love to read, learn and take risks, all of which I have done plentifully in Microcampus. I have had so much fun in Xizhou, especially as I improved myself and realised so much about rural China. What I have learned in Xizhou is truly unforgettable and important to me.