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to be scanned. There were nine check­points through­out the en­tire 100km trail and at each one, there were vol­un­teers who served us hot drinks and food like bread.

As the night wore on, many trekkers grew tired. The chit-chat died down and ev­ery­one trudged on like zom­bies. By the time we reached Check­point 3 at 11pm, I was feel­ing sleepy too, but de­cided to push on with the team to Check­point 4. It was a long, tor­tur­ous walk and of­ten I couldn’t even open my eyes. It was like sleep­walk­ing!

I couldn’t help but to take three short naps along the way. Fi­nally I ar­rived at Check­point 4 at 4am. Here we de­cided to take a short nap. Sleep de­pri­va­tion was a ma­jor ob­sta­cle for me dur­ing the long hours on the trail. The cold weather at night was another chal­lenge as we are used to the hot hu­mid weather in Malaysia. The oc­ca­sional strong winds blow­ing against our sweaty bod­ies made us feel even colder.

Af­ter a short 30-minute nap and two cups of hot cof­fee, I felt more alert and en­er­gised. We re­sumed the chal­lenge and soon, it was day­light again when we reached Check­point 5 at 8am. Yippee! We had cov­ered half the dis­tance, only another 50km to go! We were de­ter­mined to cover it within 12 hours. Ev­ery­one was in high spir­its de­spite walk­ing through­out the night.

Trekking from Check­point 5 to 7 dur­ing the day was rel­a­tively easy though there were many high hills to con­quer along the route. We were walk­ing in the moun­tains of Hong Kong and, along the way, we could see many high-rise build­ings in the dis­tance. We also met a few lo­cals who were do­ing their morn­ing walks. It took us seven hours of walk­ing un­der the hot sun to reach Check­point 7.

Get­ting to Check­point 8 was

Hang­ing tough: the rig­or­ous ma­cLe­hose trail, used in the Oxfam trail­walker, crosses the moun­tain­ous

in­te­rior of Hong Kong. Here par­tic­i­pants are en­joy­ing the panoramic view at tai Long Wan.

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