No easy trek: 426 rescues in four months a sign Hong Kong hikers must prepare better before setting out

The Covid-19 pandemic sent hordes of Hongkongers exploring the city’s wide open spaces, but many suffered mishaps and needed rescuing while hiking on unfamiliar, hilly terrain.The number of Fire Services Department operations to rescue trapped hikers tripled to 426 in the first four months of this year, compared with the same period in 2020.In separate tragedies, four hikers died during that period. In the most recent incident last Thursday, a 33-year-old man was found dead below a remote trail…

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