To say the least, Venture Night Hike was tiring. So tired that I got home and slept (even without having a bath that’s disgusting). It was rather cool anyway, and I learnt a few things from this hike.
5 important takeaways:
1. Some taxi drivers are a little insane
At our 5th checkpoint, I think we had 3 taxis waiting for us outside the post office (though we didn’t take any of them XD) for periods of 1 minute to 3 minutes. It was VERY OBVIOUS that we were scouts writing something (i.e. drawing map and description). I think the business at 4 am is that rare that they have to guess whether you want to go up the taxi or not (and of course we didn’t).
2. Never carry a file in your hands when walking
I mean, this is probably the sole reason why I walked rather slowly (or compared to my “nirvana” standards). I even lagged for distances of up to 25-30 m towards the last checkpoint, then when I passed the file to Sheng Wei I realised I could walk much faster (perhaps when you carry the file you focus your energy on the file instead of the walking).
3. ROUTE MAPS SUCK
Should never have asked Kelvin if we should do route map. Then I wouldn’t have to do around 4/6 of them.
4. Some police officers are a little rude
I realise at the 6th checkpoint (Road Junction) we blocked the pavement by laying our bags all over it, but is it justified for a police officer to tell us “Please get out”? I mean, maybe he was trying to be polite by saying please but the point is why “get out?” Still, I understand the requirement he had to fulfill (especially with the 11 pm rule).
5. TAKE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECKPOINT
We could have saved up to half an hour if we remembered. Upon leaving the post office (checkpoint 5) we walked for up to 1 km, before Sheng Wei (the CCA candidate as he calls himself) cursed as we didn’t take photos there!
During this hike though, I got my first ever blister (actually I’m not sure if two). Isn’t really that pain because the skin hasn’t broken. For my group, I think the fun part came in the middle section of the hike, cos firstly we met Kang Yan’s group (who had finished their “worst” while our “worst” was throughout the hike: 6.0 km, 7.0 km, 4.3 km, 8.0 km and 7.1 km) and secondly we met Kelvin (morale booster cos you get inspired by his pullups). However my morale dropped significantly from the 5th-6th checkpoint and maybe that’s why I lagged. And damn, this lag was much worse than the VMC one (I didn’t even lag during VMC hike but was rather tired initially)
Hope to pass. And BTW I REALISED I NEED TO SLEEP BECAUSE ALAN JUST TOLD ME HE WOKE UP AT 8 PM AND I WOKE UP AT 4 PM MEANS I NEED TO SLEEP NOW OR I’M GONNA DIEEEEEEEEEE
One for all. All for one. Venturez ’06