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The North Face 100 HK

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The North Face 100 HK

Going into the start of summer I struggled to maintain any sort of endurance training. I was going to the gym but without any structure. I needed a goal. Hong Kong is lucky to have a proper season of 'trail running events' so it was easy to look forward and start planning. I highlighted the Moon Trekker, the MSIG HK 50km, TNF 100 HK as well as the Vibram HK 100 in January. I also wanted another crack at the MSIG Sai Kung 50km after suffering tremendously with cramps for half the race. 

I ended up missing the Moon Trekker registration start time by 20-min by which time it had reached capacity; for both the long and short distances. Bummer. I have since signed up for the MSIG HK 50km, TNF 100 HK and have entered my name into the Vibram HK 100 lottery - hoping to receive some good news on the 26th September. 

For a number weekends over the past month or two I've been up early and running the TNF 100 route - it's beautiful but brutal! The ridges of Tai To Yan and Pat Seng Leng are stunning and currently my favourite trails in Hong Kong.

Below are a selection of snaps from training.

Tai To Yan Ridge

Hong Kong from the top of Tai Mo Shan

Victoria Habour from the start of the Hong Kong Trail

Aberdeen from Hong Kong Trail - a favourite view

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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

After an awesome night in Elko we finished off the rest of Nevada and proceeded to drive through Idaho, into Montana for a spot of lunch before finally arriving at Wyoming to setting up camp in Yellowstone National Park. Being the oldest National Park in the USA we thought we were in for something special, which although stunning and very beautiful didn't quite have the same "wow" factor that Yosemite did. 

Still, it was pretty cool to be able to stop the car on the side of the road to see an relaxed elk chilling in the open or a badass bison growling at us when trying to walk past. Weather may have cut the visit short but it was still an impressive visit and one I wouldn't mind doing again in the future - just, maybe with a bit more time and better waterproofs! 

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

So after driving for 4,485 miles across the width of the USA in 18 days, through 17 states, staying at 9 different locations and collecting over 5 different beer coozies you could definitely say we had seen another side of 'Murica. Along the way we took numerous photos - too many to really edit and share all at once - so I'll be periodically uploading selections of them all here. 

First up, Chicago.

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The Valley

Very soon I'm going to bring a introduce a new location - it was where I spent my Christmas and New Year, so yes, the place was snowy, however I'll leave it there until for now. Before I reveal the location I'm going to bring back a spot I haven't shown in a while. 

After spending the night shivering away in the morning we decided to go hiking up one side of the valley. This started off as just a short stroll to warm ourselves up whilst trying to take in some of the awesome sights and ended up as a lot harder than expected. There was no real plan to our walking other than we wouldn't mind going up "just a little bit" so that we could grab a view of the valley. 

Well an a couple of hours later, a couple of hundred metres higher and after passing over a couple of snow covered rivers we caught sight of the views we were interested in. Yosemite National Park really is rather spectacular and I'd love to come back - in the summer. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f11, 1/30, ISO100

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When Flowers Bloom

 

Today I've gone for something different by posting a flower rather than a travel location. Why not mix things up! I took this as I was walking around China Town in Singapore during Chinese New Year. With the amount of people milling about and the celebrations being prepared it was always going to be a fun experience. 

With so much going it was almost too difficult to take photos - I wanted to snap everything! Although you wouldn't know it was nice to find this one flower blossoming whilst everything else was going on!

EXIF DATA

Aperture: F/5.6

Shutter Speed: 1/30

Exposure Comp.: 0ev

ISO 100

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