A hike to Zongyangjianshan (中央尖山/Central Range Point)

The "only pyramid shaped mountain in taiwan" i was told...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Range_Point
It has been on my bivket list since 2010, when I went with a m ountain climbing club for some lame mountains
http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2010/december/mountain-climbing-in-taiwan.html
I drove from Jiayi north on road 14...in the night...passing Puli, they use to have a swedish restaurant here...
I also made a 7-11 purchase of alot of food...
Then we passed the highest road in taiwan...hehuanshan...or wuling...as it also is called...
Some tunnel on road 8...towards road 7...
And then I slept in tent at the trail entrance of zhongyangjianshan and nanhushan....
After some hours climbing I could se Snow mountain..or xueshan...
And there...pintian and a part of the "holy ridge" corssing taiwan...vbut it partly borken at hsinchu area...
After some time we reached the trail entrance...time to dump some papers...mountain climbing is very complicated in taiwan
some random tais climbing...and many some hongkong people
omg...mushrooms...
starting on nanhu trail...up up up
my cookies became pillows...the air pressure is low here...
and up here abobe 2000m its mostly pine trees and bushes...
cory walking in the grass...
he walked this trail 12 times...he likes to hike...but he only reached the mountain we are heading to now once...2 weeks ago...after 4-5 attempts...
its hard to get a good reception on ytour phone up here..so the few spots that have connection they usually announce it with a sign
a pic taken at a remote area on taiwan...
Another mountain pic
And cory walking up the hill
Enjoying the view
He knows every name of each peak...impressive
and far down there is road 7 and some random village
and some clouds
Johan posing with our destination in the background...zhongyangjianshan (中央尖山)
After a while we had to leave tha large nanhu trail
and walk down a river...
alot of river tracing is in this trail...and sharp rocks...very remote...
not many people go here....i never seen any person here, so far...except me and cory
after another 1-2 hours river walk we saw a sign at the first cabin...but we dont have time to stay here...just a quick snack
crossing nanhu river
many landslides are here...so the trail often change
omg...cory had the raw eggs at the bottom of the backpack...luckily only 2 were broken...
omg...one of the confusing signs about distance...
and some remove waterfall, which not is listed on http://taiwanswaterfalls.com
it was many leafs here, like in a swedish autumn
after some 1 hour uphill again it was down hill...we have to cross 2 mountains before we reach the zhongyangjianshan river...which will take us to the base of the mountain
some rest at the steep downhill path
after some time we reached a creek, time for refill the water bottles...this area has many creeks...
And then another sign. to the second and last cabin of this trail
and now the river tracing becomes more intense
Cory was using river tracing shoes
I had normal running shoes
but it was nice to walk in cold water...after some hours with heavy backpack
the trail had these stripes, from some random hiking club....it helped...as well as the support of some cairns...since the river wasnt that easy to walk along
up up up
It was deep forrest up here
and once in a while there was a pond...with very clear water...
luckily no land slides today...even if the canyon was pretty big and steep
More cairns...
and some small water fall...
Cory showing the way
Cairns
and jumping on stones
after a while we reached the second cabin on this trail
Many people slept in tents...we met 6 people at this cabin...and suddenly one of taiwans most remote places didnt feel that remote anymore
We made some soup
...or cory made it...i assisted
and later on the night darkness arrived...like at 19...
the place we stayed at these 2 days
Cory working in the dark
Zhongyangjian waterfall....
And some steep climbing...luckily there were ropes on this wall...
And more river tracing...
A break in the deep forrest
a rest along the river
another waterfall..at the end of the river...
now the steep climing up the peak starts
An endless road of stones...
up there somewhere...the stone road ends...
Cory had two sticks...it helped...
Nanhu mountain
Cory is small in this valley
Nanhu mountain is higher than zhongyangjianshan but not pyramid shaped...
After another 30-60 minutes...we reaches a fork...between the main peak and the east peak
Cory is taking the last steps up to the fork
And from there, we went on some bushy landscape
this is some 3600 meters above sea level
And many mountains in the horizon
And some random flowers
Cory on a small peak
Omg...i found a perfume bottle...reminded me of my visit to yushan, where i brought perfume to the top
Cory on another small peak
The path continued up
and some goat shit...I saw 2 dead mountian goats on this trail...and heard alot of barking dears...
We now walked on some ridge...
And in some more bushes
And finally we reached the peak...
After using some ropes...its alot of snow here in the winter...so people need (or might need) crampons...and these wires/ropes...
some old peak stone...
There is xueshan...i think...from there, this peak looks like a pyramid...
cory was approaching the top as well
Perfume on the peak sign
Blue steel pose...
After some lunch we headed to the east peak
We also met some hongkong and taiwanese hikers...
And we saw some rain clouds coming closer
Flower pic 1
Flower pic 2
Flower pic 3
Flower pic 4
And the long way down begun
Endless stone road
and downhill river tracing
Cory took a break with his cowboy hat
And then ready to go
Another water fall
And more water
Later it was jungle
And some grass forrest reminding me ot home (this is corys favorite area of this whole trail, it was rather peaceful here)...
And some dinner break
Omg garbage
Only 8.3km left...but pretty steep hills to climb
Cheese curry for dinner
Met some taiwanese people on the way...
In early morning we took off...the sunlight decides if we walk and not...
Omg...Dabajianshan...epic
Some river crossing
And steep river tracing...
And lunch break...
I found trash that I didnt see on the way up..some people who doesnt care about the environment...I collected the trash I found...the deed of the day...
After a while we were back on the Nanhu trail (mentally it felt like i was already at the end of the trail here), since this trail is a walk in the park...
Still steep hills
And some short rest
And some 2795m high peak...
After a while we reach the trail entrance...
But still had some 5km to walk...i think...we met some locals on the way...
Then fast walk...
And almost at road 7...
And in the car to hsinchu
We were not at the north west coast...people were not wearing helmet here...
I had a baozi at a local store
We later on took road 7 towards Taoyuan due to some 3 people in the car policy at yilan (else we might have taked a faster road back), this road is called the "snake road"...
We also passed by a small lake...
And a bungy jump bridge
Nervous people
Rain was on its way...
But in hsinchu it was a cloudy sunset later on
I ended the hsinchu visit by inspecting a Handicapped children (boys) only toilet...that few people are allowed to use...(no female, no non-kids, no non-handicapped)...

A hike at Beidawu mountain

I went to hsinchu some days ago to get to the south of taiwan...
Its the 3rd time this week i go there....for the purpose of fixing a car...
I waited at Hsinchu train station...
And there Cory met me up...
Not sure why but cory always loves to drive in the night...to some moutain and, without sleep carry heavy luggage...in order to reach the peak the following morning...more or less exactly the opposite to what I use to do when I hike alone...
This is the car we rented...
Cory had some stickers on his walll-
From different parts of the workd...
Not sure why...
Omg...some "sky of happiness"...funny words in taiwan... 
We didnt have any GPS...so it was a littel confusing...
But cory had some map...to show us...
The volume control in teh car was also broken....
This was the map...on his cellphone...freeway 3 to pingdong, then raod 186 or 185...
Some local aboriginals (Paiwan) in pingdong...they are so
The road uphill was pretty bad...
We could see Beidawu nearby...
Hmm...typical taiwanese mountain road...
With nice view...
And some coffee farm...
Cory was checking the road...
Finally it said that we couldnt drive further...
So we parked near another car...high up in the mountians...
Some waterfalls...far away...
And the road was blocked...
Due to some land slide...
Not sure what this wire was for..
Many loclas did this hike in 1 day...I got stressed since I also prefer doing it in 1 day...expecially I prefer to sleep before I start walking...(since me and cory drove during the night)...
Backpack on...
And on we go...
Coty found some crystals...
Pretty nice...
The path was like an old ranger road initially...
Following some grid...
We had signt to come to the trail entrance...
Every now and then, we got this signs...
Ths view was partly nice...
Some old parking lot...
And some final path to the trail entrance...
Down there is Pingdong...
Cory resting...
Finally at the trail entrance...
It use to be scooters andmabye cars up here...
Many trails...one leadadin to some ancient aboriginal road...and another to the Beidawu mountain...
Some one dropped their car keys here...
No ranger insight...usually you are suppose to sign a paper...
I wanna go to thos paiwan house one day...
Some forrest toilet...
And some city sandwish...
This is the poace in taiwan where we were...
On Pingdong county...
With many animals nearby...
Even this wild cat...I hope to see one of these...
18-19 degrees...
Wops...watch your step...
Every now and then..they had a pole in the ground with GPS marks....
The road was steep...not that much focus on safety...
But still a nice trail...
So far like 1500 meters above sea level...it was walking in the djungle since southern taiwan has tropical climate...
And it was not that much up hill yet...
But some rivers to cross...
Luckily they prepared some bridges...
And many waterfalls in sight down in the valley...
Omg...stairs...it reminded me of yushan...
Maybe out there they have some bears and wild cats...
Omg...strange sign...
"14 endemic species" in this area...
We started at 5-6 something...I hoped to be at the peak by lunch..but cory wanted to set up the tents first...we were still keeping a good phase...
The peak covered in clouds...
Some rest area at some ridge...
And some yellow spots...
"1870M" above sea level...
Still a small path...
Resting...
The path took many shapes...
And clouds stated to come near...
And it got steep after a while...
But not that good view...
In the winter they have some ocean of clouds to be seen from here...
Some small ridge again...
And many big trees...
They also had a cabin after some 5km...with tap water...
And places for tents..
And a house...
This area was buiot 1944...it seems like the japanese people really liked to explore the island...I can recall that also xueshan was explored by the japanese...
Also the aboriginals walked here since many many years ago...
Omg...a high altitude toilet...
And some sofisticated flush system...
It seemed to be fully booked...thus we brought our tents....even if most people we meet aimed for a 1 day hike...
Litter..in the forrest...hmm...
Some big tree again...I heard about some 1000 year old tree here...some where...so i kept my eyes open for it...
Another big tree...
And another...but I was told that the "1000 year old tree" had a fence protecting it...
The path had many logs that blocked...
It was confusing for people with backpack...
They also had some web of ropes to hinder people from taking the wrong way...
Even f the peak is just 3089, many people go here...since its the southest 3000+ peak in taiwan...thus the raod conditions were ok, and I never seen this many people before on the trail...
It was slippery sometimes...
More crystals...
Omg...finally a tree with fence...
Yep...the "1000 year old tree"...
I also brought my chocolate from sweden (ikea bought)...
Some random tai...who came from the cabin...
"6K"...more than half...
Now we passed some river/creek area...
Very wet and many fallen trees...
But it was ok...
Omg...a small flower...
Another ranger...
He was picking litter on the trail...they have many volunteers in taiwan at the hiking trails...thats good since 25 million people, on a small island can cause a lot of damage...
Not far ow...
Just some steep area again...
On the edge...
Some locals passing by...
Here...is our tent spot...at some monstery, put here by the japanese to honor some victims in war...however the local aborinials did not like it (een if the monument was to honor them)...
I wanna be a member of this clan...
I wonder how they got the material up here...
Some bird jumping around...maybe some endemic species...
People put coins on the monument...
We put up our tents here...
Cory had a waer proof tent...
Futher up hill they also had some temple...
Also made by the japanese...
at 3029, we slept at...
Still very warm...
time for supper...
Cory likes to prepare food...not sure why...when I hike alone, I always bring some take-away food...to save time...
But this is not bad...
Ok...15-16 something...time for bed...
We blocked the path...but we assumed no one would pass by by now...
In the early morning, some local guy passed by...I saw his flash light...and we joined him to the peak...
It was 5-10 degrees...a perfect mountian climbing temperature...since i always get super wamr when climbing mountains...
The advantage by reaching the top by morning is that the sunrise makes the cloud go away...
And the view is better...
We could see both the west and east coast from here...
The guy in blue was used to climb mountains in taiwan....he seem to done most of them...
He and cory has quite some talk...sharing experiences...
At east, the sun was reflecting the water...
Far away we can see Yushan and some other dozen 3000+ peaks...
The random tai guy showed us arround...on the peak...
"di yi"=the first...is a local classification o the view...this is a "good view" moutain since it has visibility in 3 directions and no other mountain blocking the view...
Ti was pretty wet outside...
And we were heading down...
Still nice wearther...
On the bamboo...
Fixing the equipment...
Some people were very slow...I can really feel that I done my military service...regarding routine to pack...i was done in 5 mins...while the other tent chose to pack inside the tent, causeing a 50 min delay...
Omg...some buddha flags...
Some last rest at the temple...
Cory at the temple....
Say cheese...
Same way down...
With a better view..since now we actually could see the valley...
Down there somewhere...
Omg muhrooms...
And rivers...
Someone prepared this one...nice...
I found a poncho...and decided to return it to the cabin...
The path was nice after a while...
I often went ahead before the others..and got some quality time by myself...then its nice to have chocolate left over...
I also found some place where the rangers store some signs...up in some bushes...
And far down the slope...
When we came down below 2000 meters...it was pretty foggy...
Same ridge as before...
Omg...could this be a Stag beetle? I looked all over sweden for one...but it required taiwan fo see one...not sure if its a real one though...(maybe a look-alike)...
Steep edge...
And slope...
And stairs again...
Wow...30 meters down...I better not lose focus while walking...
Not its not far to the car...
More parts with high risk for landslides...
Some wierd pole in the middle of nowhere...
A foggy part...it was pretty slippery by now...
Hurray, the trail entrance...now its just 3km left to the car...
Some old men, I think 1 was a ranger...
They had a military belt that we use to have in sweden...
I wonder why the have styrofoam on the conctrete blocks on the road...
Finally...tropical temperature...and the parking lot...
We saw 2 cars here when we came..and now a dozen....seems like sundays are more popular hiking days...
Cory colected stones for the ride down...
On the bumpy road...
He collected them in the car...
And picked new ones as we found them....
"flat stones hunt with cory"...
There is one...
Later we had good use for them...
It seemed like scooter is the way to come here...I might use scooter next time I climb a mountain...
Cory was a good guide to show me where to drive..and to place stones at the worse parts...
Some jeep...I guess thats the perfect road car here...
After some 30 minutes we reached some aboriginal village...
Cool...aboriginal art...
Since we didnt ahve any GPS..this guy showed us the way down...in a maze of small roads...
Pretty nice...
I still hd an M&M left from the hike...which i finished quickly in the car...
Omg the south of taiwan, where ppl never use helpets on scooters...
Omg...
Omg...not sure if they see it as a recommendation or decoration...
We later went on the freeway...cory suddenlt told me to turnarond.... :S...
Its not easy with all the chinese characters...
But since we are on the west coast now, the moutains should be on our right hand side...thus we had to turn around again... (we were right fomr the beginning), its strange how hard it is to enter the freeway since its high above ground one needs to find an entrance point...
Strange cliffs north of nantou...or somewhere...
Omg..chickens...probably illegal to have them that many in these small cages in europe...
IT was a nice sunset...
We stopped at a local place in nantou for some dinner...
I had some local steak...
Omg...when in taipei i found many people having their bikes in the mrt...so convenient...

A 1 day trip to Jiaminghu (Jiaming lake)

I started some year ago to claim that theres no mountainin Taiwan, you cannot do as a 1 day hike...
...you just carry less luggage...
This is the trailmap of jiaming lake trail in Taidong country, on raod 20...that goes between Guanshan and Jiayi...(its broken now, but will open again in august 2014)...the road distansce is 153km, on the road...
From the trail entrance it is about 13km...
06.30:ish i started..
And first I had to pass by a forrest recreation area...these are very common in taiwan...
They had some wodden signs and some new green signs, telling the diestance...
And some climbing club also put up red ribbons..
It was an easy road...
And signs informtion on which mountians one could see...
This is very south...so not all mountains are high...
After some hour, I reached the first cabin, where I met many kids and some old people, who just woke up, ready to head to the second cabin...
Since I chose ot to carry heavy load, I was much faster...
There were many old pathes...sometimes I ofund these arrows, that made it easier not to walk wrong...
The path was now mostly stones...
And not that much trees...
Some times the trail split, but someone marked if the direction was wrong...
And it was sunny...which i guess is common in the mornings...
After some kilometers...the path was on a ridge...pretty easy...
Half way...as long as the trail was on the south side of the ridge it was a walkin the park...
2 hours spent after half distance...thats positive...
On the north pat of the ridge...it was more windy...and some snow...
some times the trail passed by some mountains...but I was only heading for the lake...
Nice view...in the clouds...
...also some times down hill...
I was wearing my 30 second camera...if i disapear...the one who find me, can follow my last minutes alive...(i often hear about mysterious stroes, when people disapear)...
The second cabin...or many cabins...
And a high altitude toilet...
This part of taiwan have the Bunun aboriginals, this rangers name is  Wasabi...something...Bununs are famous for their archery...
They also put up many tents...in case many people chose to stay here...
There were 2 rangers living there...they never checked my permit...
Omg...im getting closer...
...once in a while, I stopped to read some information signs...
Omg, clods coming from the north...there parts where there is a slope on the ridge...the wind is pretty strong...
Omg...some deer or other wild animal...I heard they even have bears here...
The path was a little deep, hindering the snow from melting...
Another place where the path splits...
And after a while the fog started...
1 kilometer left...
I was continously eating my M&M´s...its a tradition...when climbing mountains...
300 meters left...
Some where donw there...
And another trail 14.3 kilometers ro another mountain...i think...
just like in Dabajianshan...they had a helicopter area...
There...finally...
10.35, it means it took about 4 hours...it was acctually what i predicted...
The lake could be bigger...on wikipedia it said that it was 6 meters deep and 120meters long...
Selfie 1...
I guess if if rains more...it gets deeper...
I couldnt find any sign with information about the lake...but I heard that some meteorit impact created the lake...
I also heard that some air plan crashed here long time ago...I wonder where...
Here is the the water goes down from the hill...
But theres no place where the water leaves...I assume its not that fresh to drink...
6 meters deep! thats scary...I should have brought a rubber duck...taiwanese people seems to like that...
(Selfie 2)..
The path becomes a creek, when it rains...
Luckily the fogg disapeared when I was at the lake...
So that I could see the south mountains...(probably the southest mountain over 3000 meters high...
Anyway...time to go back...
And then the fog started again...
...some wierd white rocks...
I didnt have a compass, but it would be fun to know, in which direction things were at...
Omg...litter...I read an aticle about that it will be prohibited to smokein national parks...I wonder if any one wil care...
The wind was still strong at the north ridge...
Some people made "less slippery grip" on the roots on the path...
Back to the second cabin...
They asked if more people were coming, and I told them about the kids...walking fromthe first cabin...
Some garbage in the bushes...
And the kids...some were practicing to walk with crampons in the snow...
It was pretty windy here...
And the kids all took a res in the wind...just like 2010 when i went to hehuanshan...I was stunned that people take a rest in the shade, or in the wind...instead of the sun, and where its no wind...i guess its different logic...
And heavy luggage...
Half way...I will make it back before it gets dark...
The first cabin was empty...
And some rangers took the motorbike..maybe they were asked to escort the kids up...
Back at the trail entrance...
It was about 14.30 now (I spent 20-30 minutes at the lake taking pics and walking around)...
And some local workers (from taizhong) having their camp here...
And then heading to taidong...
last night its was foggy, dark and rainy...now this ride back was very enjoyable...
and nice view...
Up here they have many farms...and tea plantage...
Some aboriginal village....
And monkeys in the trees...
They also have many Bunun statues along the road...
And alot of reconstruction...its a very troublesome road...it often breaks during typhoon...
I also heard there are alot of hotsprings in the area...
Omg...a free hotspring...
After walking all morning, I spent 5 minutes talking to an old man from nearby...
And enjoy the free hotspring...it was nice...
More statues on road 20...
After I came to taidong, I decided to head to Kaohsiung...
I had a kiwi juice at a local bar...
And went to a swedish friends house...
And my taiwanese friend who wil move to sweden next week..
I also spent some time in the Peir2 art park...
Same as i often visit her in kaohsiung...this is a transformers look-a-like...
Later on I went to a beer place...
For some sweet and sour sauce dish...
And migle with by friend who sells cider here in Kaohsiung..

An attempt to do Zhongyangjianshan

I joined my friend Cory to go to Zhongyangjianshan, one of my favorite mountains in taiwan. Since he works until 21-30-22.00 on friday nights, and starts at 08.00 on mondays we were in a rush ...the plan was that I will go on his motorcycle from Hsinchu, the 150km, to the trail entrance after his job...after lack of sleep we took off...
On the way form hsinchu I saw some expensive pistage nuts...I use to eat alot of these at my favorite "all you can eat" in banqiao...its intereting that they afford to offer these nuts at those restaurants...
I also bought some boots...since I was told that "i will need them":..they were originally made for scooter driving, not hikes...
Waiting at the HSR station in Taipei...Cory asked mt to meet him up in jhubei or at his place...
Here he is...
And our stuff...i was not sure what to bring...
But he bought 1 small bag and 1 big...I brought my stuff in a relatively small bag...
I had the big bag on my back the whole ride...
After half time...we stoped at an aboriginal toilet...in the moutain...
We arrived near the trail entrance around 4am...and planned to sleep some hours...we got delayed...and I saw the morgning bus, connectiong form taipei when we woke up...
Some locals were harvesting some cabbage...they started at the same time we arrived...
Its a long ride...taking us up to 2000 meters above sea level or something...
And there goes the bus...
After 2 hours sleep, we stopped at Nanshan, for some breakfast...
More City people, who will go hiking (in taiwanese way, meaning, travel to the mountain area, and walk around in a tourist park)...
Cory knew a secret shortcut, so save 2km to thetrail entrance...fromdoat 7...
We also stopped at a near by police station...but we dont need to "check in", as we needed before...nowadays, thats doable online...
Then re-arranging our stuff again...
And catching up on paople who started before us...we were pretty late...
Locals like snow...many people drive far to see this...
We wer told, 90% risk of rain...but we didnt see any for the whole weekend...
This is the entrance of the national park...we need to leave our paper in here...
Some view...
As usual...they ahve kilometer marks and 100-meter marks...at this mark ,someone left some gasoline...for some cabin further up...
And some marks, shows that it has mobile coverage...
Cory, this is his fifth time, he is on this "Nanhu trail"...
He enjoys some breaks...
Enjoying the view...
He has good equipment for the snow hikes...last year I did a mountain in the winter...but did barely see any snow...
Here we have to leave our "main trail"...since we are heading to a more rare mountain...Zhongyangjianshan...
It was tricky...
We had to walk down a long river...we even found river tracing boots...
But no distance meters....
It was confusing...however...once in a while...we saw some marks...similar to those I saw in nantou last year...
Omg...this looks like a traip...
I also cut my hand...cory had first aid...
...so the trip contined...
We arrived to the next hut...and it said "10.5"km to the one we plalned to stay at...
This hut was seldom visited...
We contined...since we were already late...
But it was confusing...since we didnt know how far we had left...and the sun will soon set...
And after some hour, we just has "5km" left...which was confusing...
Cory found a dead goat...is that a sign to not continue?
But we tried to follow the trail...
We decided, if we wont find any distance to the hut until 17.15...then we will stay at the other hut...
Once in a while it was hard to find the path...
I guess it was not far...but walking in the dark...when its snow. and water...felt wierd...
After another 30 minutes, we decided to return...to the other hut...apperently, we started to late, to make it until sunset...
We decided to try to trail in summer instead...and go to a nearby hotspring instead....
Heading back...
Besides...cory have to work in monday at 8 in the morning...it will be in a rush...maybe not that safe...
The hut had electricity...connected to some solar panels....
But they seemed  to be broken...
Some also left food...
Its pretty sofisticated...
The cabin had many wholes...we installed the tent inside...cory heard mice inside and tried to put mosrt of the things in the tent...
The second day was a sunny day...
I wonder how they park administraion thinks..when they first say "10.5" and after some 2km says "5km"...its confusing...
This trail is famous for many river crossings...however, I could do thisone barefoot...
But I bought my boots "just in case"...
Else it was alot of ropes...
We could see the peak, it seemed nice...
And some village..maybe Nanshan...where we ate breakfast...
Nanhushan...als a very high mountain...
I liked this trail...it was not that exposed to the sun...these mountains belongs to Taroko national park...its pretty much on the east coast of taiwan...
Cory walking on the sun...
And some mountains...with snow...
The clouds were appraoching...maybe they will bring rain...
Not far to go now...
An emergency hut, not far from the Trail entrance...
This is where we had lunch yesterday...we can see xueshan, the second highest mountain in taiwan...
And back to the trail entrance...
Cory was a little tired...its always exhausting to climg mountains...since one needs to carry everything up and down...except water...which we drankf rom the river...
We drove directly to Nanshan, to see if I could take some bus to Yilan...else I have to go back on Corys motorcycle...
Many chartered buses from Taipei passed by... 
With tourists buying cabbage...
And after some 30 minutes...my bus arrived...
Cory took of to Hsinchu...
In Loudong (Yilan), i couldnt find the train station...so I took a bus back to Taipei...no hotspring today...(it was probably too late)...we might do it next week...

A 1 day trip to Dabajianshan

I did a 1 day trip to one of my favorite mountains in taiwan...

Cory was nice to lend me his old bag...

Wow, the sign I have seen so many times...(112km to Dabajianshan)...not sure why they have that sign here...it might be just a funny thing...

Visiting the last conveinient store before the mountain road...

And I also dropped by the police station, to tell that Im here...(its some kind of thing u have to do when going to national parks and mountain climbing in taiwan)...

They had 5-6 police stations on this road...

And many small villages up in the mountians with signs of the tribes that lives there...
It was very foggy on the mountain...

And when road 122 ended, there were no signs how to continue...so i was a little bit lost...but luckily my friend called me and told me how to go...(it was just taking left when the road ended and the forrest park started, (taiwan has many forrest parks))...
Wow, they have many big facilites high up in the mountains, so troublesome to bring all the things up here...

I finally reached the national park entrance and visited the last police station...

And got a stamp on my permit, they told me different things, some ppl say I can enter whenever I want, some say between 5 am to 11 am...which makes no sense...

I started to walk at 7am...

They had some boom blocking the road...

Many people were preparing to walk...

Here it the ranger station where I had to leave my permit...

And some notice about the park...

The rangers can drive the first 17km...but others cant...I guess they dont want millions of scooters and cars to drive here...its hard to repair the road...

Nice mountains...

A famous waterfall I was told...

The japanese seemed to go there...

I met many people who started earlier than me...

Omg, a car that went over the edge...

I saw many of these...maybe stones for future construction...

They had distance signs every 100 meter...

Wow, a nice waterfall...

Its always interesting with waterfalls in taiwan...not sure why...in sweden i couldnt care less...

And nettles...wow reminds me of sweden...

There was a shortcut, very steep that I took before the trail started the route looked like this:
road 122 from hsinchu, then 25 km park road, then walk 17 km to the trail, then 11 km to the mountain (and after 4 km on this trail there was a hut, with water and electricity (i think), where people could sleep at, if they applied for a cabin space)...

At this bridge the trail starts...

And some concrete wall in the river...

Here it says "11 km to dabajianshan"...

And the path was partly stones, parly stairs...

nice forrest...

And some rest area...I always wonder how they brought the stuff here...maybe helicopter as at yushan...

Wow...looks like some houses far away...on the mountain top...

2k done...

Pine trees, just like home...

And nice path...

99-hut...

I met the ranger there..he did not speak english...

He said that if i wanted to stay i could take cabin "number 6"...

They had solar panels...it was a very nice place...

Many houses...

His name was "Wandan"...he was aboriginal from the Taiyazhu tribe...so cool...

I continued to the top...and saw some nice flowers on the path...

Pretty steep...

And some small puddles...(or lakes as they say here)...

Wow...after 6km on the trail I could finally see the mountain...

Covered with clouds...

It was a nice landscape up here...

A place for the helicopter to land...

Im getting closer even if there is still 5 km to go...

I can see the trail going on the other side of the valley...

Far away is hsinchu somewhere...

It was very sunny weather...

I had to drink alot...and I also started eating my M&M´s...

Another "lake"...

Wow...a hut...I guess its for people who cant make it down before it gets dark...to stay over the night...

Now im getting closer...

Still alot of clouds...

Same ribbons as they used the mountain lake in nantou (shuiyangsenling)...(some mountain climbing club put them there, since the path was a little bit tricky to find here)...

Now it was 1 km left or something...from here many people take picture...

And there is Xiaobajian shan ("da" means big, and "xiao" mean small)

Steep cliffs at many places...

And alot of small stones...

Looks a little like monument valley in USA:..

with interesing patterns...

Its illegal to climg up to the top. think its a fine of 150000NT if they catch you...

10.9km...almost there...

At the last distance they had some fence...

It was pretty steep on both sides...

11k...I guess im at the "top"...

The path was not easy to see from here...but continues around the cliff and to xiaobajian shan and further to Xueshan, a mountain i climbed last year, but the i came from the Yilan trail entrance...I think there are 3 or 4 entrances to the national park...1 from hsinchu, 1 or 2 from yilan and 1 from taizhong...

Touching dabajianshan...

Clouds covering xiaobajianshan...

Down there I could see many stones from daba...

The path was full of stones that dropped down from the cliffs...
And somestones almost fell on me...

I decided, since I went here alone (i wanted to go with a friend but didnt have his personal data (u need passport number etc to enter)...so I had to be extra careful...
I arrived at about 3pm...
Maybe next time I will walk across taiwan...it would b fun...

JS as dabajianshan...(trying to look like a news reporter)...

Nice view, I think it might be xueshan in the backgorund, most peaks here are over 3000m...

And it was also pretty cold...i really liked it here...

Last view of dabajianshan...

I decided to head back, so that I atleast finished the trail before it became dark...
I had my friends voice in my head: "Dude, you cannot make dabajianshan in 1 day, its impossible"...sometimes im allergic to that kind of attitude...
Wow, another lake...
On the way down I met all the people I saw at the police station...they were just entering the trail...
Wow, I made it to the road around 6pm...now its just like a walk in the park back to the police station...

Some one made an arrow to show the shortcut to the trail entrance...

17km...I was told that there are many monkeys running around in the dark on this road...and that it would be creepy...I saw some monkeys (i think)...it was an interesting walk...
Well at the police station I had to ask if they though I had enouth fuel to get back to hsinchu...they said they thought so...(it was 75km to NCTU (the same road taking me there all the way, more or less)...
They were kind enough to give me an extra liter just in case...however, it turned out that I did make it all the way...and went to Mcdonalds...
Dabajianshan: Check!

in pingdong

I went for a hike around taiwan this week (the light version)...
Starting from Taipei and heading south on the moutian roads...

"tai 3 xian"...(road number 3...

nice fontain at a gas station...

Continuing on road 7 towards yilans mountain...

Strange roundabout with traffic lights...isnt roundabouts a substitute for traffic lights...?

Nice view...I see a lake down there some where...must be tha dame near fuxing...

Mountains showing up...civered with clouds...

Pink bridges...it feels like the alps once in a while...

Buddhist flags...

Another dame...

A dry river...

Road 7 (main road)...many of these roads brake pretty easy...

There are houses far way there...its always so impressive that people lives here in the middle of nowhere...

Smoke on the moutain...maybe a hidden hotspring...

Aboriginal pattern...I find these "diamond shapes" all over the country...

"yilan", I went here with my classmates last year heading to Xueshan (second higest mountain in taiwan)...

The atmosphere here is almost like in sweden...

But the roads are more narrow (and taiwanese moutinas are one of the steepest in the world I was told)...

Cherry blossom (the red flowers)...

Raining (near yilan, as usual)...

An old train...

Locomotive...I like...

Near Tuchang...

Its a pity...its 25 km to the trail start...sun is setting and then waits another 10km to the biggest mountina lae in taiwan...(no camping allowed)...I have to do it another time...

The trip continues south up hills...

A place where the bus to Lishan us to stop (that has no conveinient stores)...but some restaurant and local stores with paintings on how houses use to look like in taiwan...

There are many things to do in yilan county...

I got beef noodles...

Its chinese new year, so many people (rather: all of them)...have vacation, and are taking trips...many buses heading to the mountains...

I was recommended to go to Lishan, in the mountains by the head of chamber of commerce...its like scandinavian atmosphere...I guess its on of the higest villages in taiwan...

Why do they have a weight in the store entrance?

I was looking for an elemantary school, since there u can camp without problem...(people say)...

I there after went to get some food in lishan...many people ate at the "Only place open"...

Some meat screwers...

They also had ginger tea at some other place...

It was maybe 10-15 degrees outside...

The elemantary school was pretty new....even the toilet was barely used...

Next day the weather was nice...

I love pretty chirches in mountain areas...taiwan has some, since the aboriginals are mostly christians...

And many europeans went here (also some ppl from korea etc) to spread the bible message...

Wow...maybe its nanhu mountain...

And there is Hehuanshan, some where...a moutain i climed some years ago...

Nice stairs...I wanna have a house here...in these pitoresque lishan blocks...

On of the only stores open in the morning to sell breakfast...

The guy here, seems to own most big places in lishan, he has a wool sweater...

The higest gamler store in taiwan can be found here...

Omg, a new character...(the one to the left)...means palm tree I was told...

Another nice church...

Xueshan ridge...

Steep moutains roads...leading west...

The weather is often sunny in the morning up here...

I want to see Dabajian shan, a cool mountain in Hsinchu county...but I cannot see it...

Here is hehuanshan, its where im currently am heading...

There are many police stations up here...

Wow, nice cabin, I wonder how much it costs to buy that one...

Road 8 meets up road 7 after a while...

Passing a tunnel on the highest road in taiwan...

The "dark moutain"...

Road 14 meets up road 8...leading east to hualien or west to nantou...(on of the few moutain roads that are crossing taiwan (think there are 2-3 thats not broken)...

I camped at this parkin lot 2 years ago with NCTUs moutains climbing club...

Now Im heading to hehuan shan...

No trees grows there...im at 3000m above sea level now...

Many tai ppl are coming here during vacation to see the view...since cars can drive up here...

The traffic is chaotic...

The top of hehuanshan (centra peak)...3416meters high...

There is my favorite moutain...the pyramid moutains...no snow on any top...there are truly many rumors here...I was told there was alot of snow up here this week...

And xueshan...

And Hsinchu county...

I went on this road up...many houses and hotels up here...

The road continues west...

Nice moutain house...

The houses here looks like home...no "container architecture" like in the taiwanese cities...

Wow...Absolute vodka was found...in the the closest 7-11...

Many people came here...thay had a lady with a mic at the entrance...

And the micro waves at a separate corner of the store...

People say this area is famous due to a sheep farm...(think i visited that 2 yearsa ago when I swam cross sunmoonlake)...

The highest 7-11 in taiwan...

9 people working here...is that efficient...?

7 behind the desk, the lady with the mic and the guy at the oven...

More nice houses (pic was taken while making speed)...

Another nice house...

Cherry blossom...

I wonder why taipei dont have these nice houses (atleast I cant find them)...

the "sheep farm"...very toursitic...

Many cars here...

And maybe 10-20km of queue uphill...

the queues never ended...25million people with vacation at the same time...

But the air was fresh...

I been here 2-3 times before...its nice...

More non taiwanese roofs...

A nice yellow house...

A nice church top...

More houses...

Another church...

And more churches...

More traffic...


Hours of queuing up hill...

A seediq aboriginal resturant...sweet...

And Bitan, my favrite lake...

seen it many times before...but its hard to get to...

I was told its a dame thats not "real"...

Well...I wanna see it closer...

After 10-20 mintues(to the other side of the dame)...I reached the bank...

Some boats, and float bridges...no people...

They could have nice swimming competitions here...

The churches and houses I just passed are up on the hill...

More cherry blossom...

Its fun, these yellom reflectors on thecrash barriers...makes vecicles sound funny...the sound reflects differently...

Now heading to next lake...to road 151...how do I find that one?...

Funny jacket...with the "7-11" logo on it...I will look like a staff if i wear that in a store...

Have to pass sunmoonlake to get to road 151...andmore traffic...

Taiwanese hollidays...

Some people now wearing helmet (its like beeing on the east coast or south of taiwan, where helmet is more a recommendation or decoration)...
And a "fjällräven" bag...they are getting more popular here...
Road 21 to sun moon lake...road 21 crosses the island from middle to south...

The cars were still...
Wow, sun moon lake...

A police man trying to arrange the traffic...
FUnny bulding, is that typhoon proof?so high and thin...

Very touristic here as well...

Nice bike path going around the lake...


A ridge that separates the lake from the farms to the right (the lake was created when japanese people occupied taiwan)...

A marathon will go around the lake soon...

"666"



It was less traffic on the south part of the lake...

Taking road 131 up to some mountain village...

More traffic...

Changing to raod 151...towards an old "forrest park":..

never ending... queues...


Here...some 1000-2000 meter up some one had an arcade...

15 degrees...its warm for being home...

An "all you can eat" meal was waiting, only 300nt (70SEK)
 
        The food was soso.

People drive car up here...and take a walk between the houses to  say they been on a hike...


I was heading to a lake that was created by an earthquake...but I prefered to hike near the lights...

And no vehicles allowed near the path, so I had to walk 2km, or wait for a but that leaves in 1 hour...

Locals tolb me it would take 6-7hours to walk there...(to the lake)...

They had ceom nice flowers in the area...


The path was pretty small and steep...

I had to climb ladders some times...

It was very bad infromation, only in chinese some times...and some ribbons of different colours leading to different places...

Nice shape of the mountain...

Hmm, where to go...I got the characted of the destimation...both ways are leading to the destination...

I pickes a steep path, hoping it will be faster...I had to be back at the hotel area before it gets dark...

Nice view...

Omg, a rest place on the top of a mountain...

But chinese information, and to ways to go...hmm, I walked back and forth, trygin to figure out whree to go...

I picked the road to the left...it seemed like more people walked this way...

I also meet some random people who said it was this way (i hope they are right)...

Yep, more ribbons...

Nice forrest, I felt like home for a while...

Omg, the path just ended...where to go...

its a small path heading into the high grass...but barely anyone walked there before...

Hmm...after 10 minutes looking, I found a had written sigh, saying "walk left"...

Omg, a house in the middle of nowhere, who carried these stones here (maybe 2-3 hours walk for normal people, in steep terrain)...

And later on I found another house...

It turned out that the first house was a temple...and this was a hosue for workers, in the area, long time ago...

It seemd pretty nice...

The path became better after a while, I turned out that when the "other" road met up wuth my "fast and steep" path, it was easier to walk...

And some roads were closed...

Not sure where to go...I take right...

Steep hills...

More signs...hmm copnfusing...I sked everyone I met (3-4 people If i was on the right path)...I hope they were right...

Wow...after 3 hours i came to the lake...good, then I have plenty of time, to contines to destination number 2...a cave...

Many people camped at the lake...

Some foreingers....I asked how to walk to the cave...and they gave me directions...

This was a normal forrest 10 years ago...(something)...then suddenly the earthquake created this lake...

I had to walk alon the lake to get to the cave...

And I met more foreinger who were heading to the same direction, they camped at the lake for some days...(all american english teachers, as it seemed)...

The lake was big...

And here the lake goes down, a small creek...I would have been disapointed if it was a stone blocking the creek, but it seem like the earth was pushed up...

A flying lantern had landed on a tree in the middle of nowhere...thats cool...

The path was leading to a dry river...

I had to walk on stones for a while...

I was on the right way (i recognized these character)...

The cave...not as impresive as the lake...

A sign that it was the thousan people cave...

Some people campes here before...

And potts gathered dripping water...

It would be nice to stay here...or continue on the path (That accutlaly leads to alishan)...

11.09, it took me about 4 hours from the hotel area to the cave...

I headed back, n time to waste...seeing nice shaped cliffs on my way back...

After another hours I came back to the lake...

A guy called Tyler said I could use his water filter to refill my water bottle...

Many old taiwanese people were at the camp...

And an american who ben to taiwan only for 2 weeks...and will study chinese for a year while teaching english...

Johan, high on caffein, convinced he can do any hike in taiwan in less than 6-8 hours...

Omg, a Mcdonalds "M" on the ground...can u find it?


I carried my friend luggage back to the hotel area...and we picked an easier way (but longer) back...

Strange sign...the information was facing the forrest, not tha path...

It was showing the distance (finally), so far, no distance was displayed...

But stupid enough itwas not readable for people walking on the path...

Starnge...

The new path was steep in the begining...

But later it was very easy...(2050 meter high)...

Some old map...

This I could run...no wonder so many kids come here...

More chinese maps...

And a hut, for slow hikers...(or who just enjoy spending their time in the rural area)...

And some old, shit house...

I met a guy from Changhua with orange beard...wierd...

A nice water fall...but it was dry...

Wow...here tha cars can drive up....for lazy walkers...

pretty fresh...mabye the people i passed by on my woy down took the car...

It started to rain when I arrived to the hotel area (a little)...

cloudy skies...

And back to the forrest park...


Dinner was eaten at a "famous" place near nantou...chicken place...

It was ok...

They had the soap in a web, that was clever...the it wont be dropped....

Later a visit to exther was made...she is nice...
       She has many white vehicles at her house...

We ate breakfast at a shark place...

I had a strawberry pancake thing...

With coffee...

Heading south from nantou on road 3...passing many hills...and binlang trees...

They never seemed to end...

Road 3, the same I started on, in taipei...

Nice view...

A car was delvering binlang or something...

MIssing kids were announced at a local gas station...

Omg...up here, its rare with gas stations...

Another moutain lake...

Raod 20...its broken...else I would take it, it leads to the east coast...and a place I wanna hike...instead I was heading south, almost to the very south of taiwan to be able to cross the island...

This lady in pingdong was amazing, she acctually knew were to find "allyoucan eat" resturants...and she also knew how to go there...

Omg,,,199nt for all you can eat meat, (50SEK)...

I got it for 170NT...even cheaper at a branch resturant of the first place i found, since it was full, southern taiwan is always so cheap...

There are many aboriginals here in the south (as well as well as at the east coast)...

It was a BBQ meat all you can eat...

My swedish friend told me he planned to open a laundry store in taipei some day, but didnt...now one can find there laundry stores anywhere...

Omg, a character so hard that they had to type the "bopomofo" to the right of it...i like hard characters...

Here in the very south (road 3 and 1 and 17) one can find gas stations every 400-500meters...i wonder why...

A cool guy at a gas staion...

Later, in taidong I was to meet up a friend at Unle Petes pizza...a foreinger who has a pizzeria at road 11...
 
 
 
Heading South.visited Montains and lakes and went to Nantou last night. might go to taidong tomorrow.
 
 

A trip to Yushan (3952m)

I went to Yushan yesterday...its the highest mountain in Taiwan...
Pablo met up in the lab...we rented a car...and by some reason my classmate cory wanted to leave Hsinchu at 2am...for the 5 hour drive to the national park where the mountain is...
Last expedition i brought some drink from Buthan...this time i had some risewine-ish drink that I bought when I went to Shanghai last time...
Cory planned to drive by nantou...even if the most common road is by Jiayi...we used GPS to get there...
They had alot of problems with the address...
We made a quick stop at a road house...they had cellphone charger for many brands..cory thought that they might not have any convenient stores on the road to the mountain...which would make that road unique...since every mountain road I have been to so far, has had many...
OMG...we crossed road number 1...the road i cycled on some month ago...
The road near Jiayi was broken...so we had to take another road...
After another hour driving we were getting close...
I drive to sleep but it was really a winding road...
With a great view...
U always think its a great view when you are driving on these roads..but still u havnt seen the top view...
Cory was fine driving the whole way...
We also saw alot of binglang plantations...
And the GPS was still with us...
Nice view from the road...
It was also close to Alishan...a very famous tourist spot...
Pablo was sleeping...or trying to...
Some tea fields on the mountain...
A high-life store...we found it on road 18, a bigger mountian road than the small one we had to take due to the broken road...
The sign said this direction...still Cory was wondering if we should not go in the other direction...for some strange reason...
More mountains could be seen...
Wow...a bridge during construction...
Its interesting to see how they build it...
Another great view...
Monkeys were also walking on the road...
One jumped up on the car...I wanted to see black bears...but they are more common on the eastern parts of tawan...
Wow...finally at the destination...
Some hours later than expected...we arrived...
Still nice view...
Here in the middle of taiwan...where people don use helmets either...just like the east coast...
It was a typhoon coming, so the weather was nice...
They had alot of facilities at the park entrance...
We were fixing the luggage before start walking...
I was confident in drinking the tap water...but pablo used the water machines with filtered water...
The ranger office were informing us about the typhoon...
We said we will walk anyway...I think i could climb the mountain in 4 hours...using the same speed I climbed xueshan with...
Some info about the mountain...
Usually ppl take bus the first bit, until the gravel path...but it was cancelled today...
It was a 30 mins walk or something...same as xueshan...a distance to separate the parking lots from the place where the mountian climbing begins...
If i want to live somewhere in taiwan it is in the mountains...its cold and nice...
Wow, somce local workers..maybe aboriginals...
Im about 100kg now...a fat Johan at the begining of the path to the highest point of taiwan...
Cory and his girl came a little bit later...
The most popular mountain to climb in taiwan...a very empty place, jet so many of my friends walked here...
It was at some times a dangerous path...
Far down there i saw another road...
It is the same landscape as home...with alot of pine trees etc...
Omg, I saw alot of trash in the bushes...
And some nice flowers...
Another path...on another mountain...
We all kept different speed when walking...its nice to take a rest once in a while...it was kind of warm partwise...
A beer bottle down there...sometimes I felt like picking up the trash, but I stoped since I know it will just be more trash there tomorrow...
A nice high altitude toilet...
These plants looks almost like wild strawberries...
Hi Cory!
It was really a cosy path...
But very steep...
5.8K to the first cabin...that is closed...but a ranger working there is still checking the permits again...(as at the park entrance)
Just like the other mountains...there are info signs...telling about the environemnt and history of the place...
Clouds were hunting us...
The park management used helicopters to set up bridges to walk on...so that the "climbing" turned to "walking"...
It was really a walk in the park...
But without loosing focus, u might fall...here one had to hold the chains...hope not to fall down the vertical mountain ridge...
Some tai ppl i spoke to said the "sherpas" were carrying everything...I really doubted that...due to the path condition...and the ragners later told me that they used helicopters for transporting everthing...
It was very convenient with the prepared road...
I used my broken running shoes and swimming pants again...once in a while i got a stone in my shoe... 
A slippery path...lucky it was not raining yet...
They also put some white thing on the bridge to increase the friction...
And now the clouds catched up on us...
Another bridge....making the way easy...I wonder how they climbed the mountain long time ago...
 Yellow flowers...and white...
...and blue...
...land slides...so common in this country...
Another high altitude toilet...which even had electricity...
and a trash can that was frequently emptied...
...and urinal...
Low energy lamps...
Later on I came to a nice resting area...
Iron beam...super heavy...Im amazed about how they managed to assemble everything here...
Local bamboo...
The path here made me think about the lord of the rings...
Omg...many people used to climb this mountain...in the old days...
1 km left to the cabin...
Wow...so nice stairs...big difference from xueshan...its almost 1000ppl who applies to climb every day, the government really mistrust people...so its hard to get a permit...they encourrag foeingers to apply, but everything is in chinese...and a tai person must be on the team when applying, due to my experience...but once u can prove that u climbed a peak higher than 3000 meter you can apply for a day permit...maybe i will do that next time...meaning u go up and down in one day...its not that hard here in taiwan where the car road often is about 10km from the peak...
Some one wrote their name on the cliff...
More clouds...
Wow...the first cabin...it was not until 7 km from the start...
The rangers house was in a posistion that they could not see the path...so i think i could sneak up to the top without anyone noticing...
This cabin has capacity for 60 people...or more...but its closed...
Its not far from the peak...
Its snow her in the winters...maybe i will bring skies here...and enjoy myself...
Equipment waiting to helicopter...
I met some old air force pilots...they liked swedish air force...they were only here for the day...
The ranger did not speak english...but the pilots did...
I got a taiwanese flag from one of them...
I gave him a swedish flag in return...
Later pablo showed up...he got some water...
The ranger cabin had an address...
This it the rangers office...
It has everything...
Even TV...but he listened to radio...
He was happy when speaking to chinese ppl...but didnt want to deal with foreingers...it seemed like...we insisted to wait in the cabin for our friends...since it started raining...
Cory came later...
We got a spot near the rangers cabin to cook some food...
Haha...cory...sometimes he can make things complicted...so funny...
Me and pablo was joking around...
High altitude...makes things blow up...
This old bunker was a water supply, the ranger said i could drink this...which i did...the others prefered boiling it first...but it took a long time...
a small excavator...
It was raining a bit...I was runing back and forth brining water...I was very warm so i did not mind the rain...
Nice food...
We shared the food...this is some rice thing...just like in the militairy...
Anamometer...at the cabin...
The tai girl in our company became friends with the ranger...we planned to live in tents at the first...but many ppl never showed up after booking the cabin...so we got some bed space,,,it was some kilometers from this cabin...
The webpage for the company that dealt with this cabin...
Here on can see the old bridge...under the new one...
Ok, here we are...we are taking right...it felt like we could reach the peak eaisly from her...maybe 30 minutes walk...but the plan was to go to he cabin first...
THey really put alot of efforts in making this path nice...
The clouds were comming and going...
I brought some honey nut loops...cory insited us to not take to many things (like my cerials)...he felt like a scout teacher dealing with kids...haha...I brought many unnecessary things up to the top...just to tease him...
The clouds passed by very fast up here...
There were many lose rocks up here...
Land slides created these...
Cory and pablo at the other side of the valley...
And the cabin far away...
No reception on the cellphone...exept at some places...where they had these antennas...
Another lord of the ring...look-alike pic...
This area had alot of plants that are used to snow...like xueshan...its very steap here...but doesnt look like it on the pic...
Later on the path was marked by sticks...to be visibile when its snow...
The tent area...or also maybe for helicopters...
This is our cabin...for the night...
When I came here, some tai ppl already settled down...
They offered me food...
and soup...
Im on a diet...but still..its nice to eat...
Its nice..and cold...I like alot...
I had to wait for the others again..and spent some time wrigint my name with stones...
We mingled a little...
And i was treating ppl with my rise wine...but only me and Pablo drank...
He was tired...poor guy...i told him to go to sleep...its aroun 6pm now...and the sun sets near 7...
We started to boild some water...
Nice view from here...
Far away down in the vally...we could see civilization...
The clouds passed the ridge very fasted...it looked cool...
People thought it was cold here...
Yet they wanted to enjoy the view...
And take pic...
It was ok...I saw some wild anomald like fox and birds...
I think this cabin fits 36 people...
we were about 10 ppl...
I brought some hotel stuff...like tooth brush...
People started to go to bed when it turned dark at 7...and other people kept dropping un until 10 or 11 pm...at 1 or 2 people started to get up...
Many tai ppl always wanna go up early when moutain climbing here in taiwan...I never understood why...even cory put his alarm on 2 am...I but mine on 3.30...surprisingly, at 4 am cory was still at the cabin...not sure what those guys were doing...I think they surreded from somethings in sweden that we call "fältkoma" meaning u r tired so u do nothing...and thus time flies...they also emplied my bag...so i had to spent 10 mintes collecting my stuff outside where they tried to make breakfast...
here someone dupmed my stuff...haha..so amateur...
When leaving the cabin...by some reason I had more things to carry than before...I know the girl gave her equipment to us that other day..but whos bag was this?
Cory wanted us to walk togetter...not sure why...since he said it was ok the day before that I walked alone...
I just did as he said...
It felst dangerous walking in the dark...I prefered walking in light...since I know that it was super steap where we walked...
 
 
it was dark...but after a while one could see Jiayi and the ocean on distance...(some 100km away)...
Slowly the morning was coming...
My camers is not made for night photos...
Cory desided when it was OK to split up again...so that I could walk in my own speed...
The sun was almost visible when we dumbed some luggage near the path and started the last km up to the top...
Compare to many other mountains, this is a very commercial mountain...they have arranged everything for u...even some reflectors near the path...
And chains...to hold on to...
And stairs when it gets to slippery...
Cory speeded up in the end...trying to catch up...
Where it south...?...the sun raises in east...so now i guess im looking south...
Im in Kaohsiung ountry...but far away is Taidong county...where the mountianin the horizon is...it has the second highest lake in taiwan...I planned to go there long time ago...
I had not reached the top yet...stil some way to walk on this well prepared tourist path...
Omg...the north peaks cabin is super large...looks almost like a hotel from here...
Hao3...here it is...less that 10 square meters...the highest point of taiwan...
Here it the shaddow of Yushan...(Jade mountain)
Cory is also heagin up...i try to encourage him to hurry up...
This it the north...far away we have Hehuanshan (which i climbed 2010 and Xueshan that i did earlier this year)...
And down there there is a mountain village...so cool...maybe they have snow in winter...
 Here is a green rigde...with alot of pine bushes...
They probably used helicopted to cary up there stones as well...
I brought my frodo cape...
Enjoyed my honey nut loops while waiting for the others...
Cory was very excited when he arrived...
I wanna go to that pyramid shaped moutain over there...i saw a similar moutain when i climbed hehuanshan...
Pose 1, with frodo cape
Pose 2, with frodo cape
Cory pose 1
Cory pose 2
Cory pose 3
Cory pose 4
Cory pose 5
A bird eating honey nut loops at almost 4000meters above sea level...
Cory forgot the view...and focused on the birds...
He wanted a pic of them...
I found a tent area near the peak...
Pablo was cold when he came up...and tired...
The bird feeder in action...
"Johan...look at the birds, they are eating from my hand"...
"johan look..." Johan thinks: "eh...ye, i also mind that I can see moutain peaks that are more than 200km away from here..."
"But the birds johan, see the small cute birds"...
Some taiwanese ppl also arrived...they always inves in expensive moutain climbing equipment...i never understand why...
Alishan is at the other side of the valley...
I was there 4 years ago...looking at this peak, thinking its almost at the same altitude...but from here it looked far lower...
Some other peak 500 meters away...with loose stones...
I lended pablo my poncho to sit on...the stones were kind of cold...
Wow...cellphone reception...
And some ancient wooden house or platform...
These two iron rods might have been the old sign of the mountain peak...
I spent maybe 30-40 minutes on the peak...
Taiwanese ppl are very friendly up here...
Another nice view..but the clouds are approaching...
Last group member arriving...
We ate and drank...
And some ppl feeded birds...
Far away we could see the path...
I like to stay at the peak for a long time...since you spend so many hours reaching it...it just feels strange being there for some few minutes...
Heavy wind...and sunshine...
Group photo...
Groups photo 2...
And number 3...
Now...heading down...
Some people taking a break further down...
Land slides...making patterns on the green environment...
Trash hidden in the tree...
The place where we were hiding the backpacks...
We left our tents in the first cabin...so we headed there fo repack our stuff...
So here...we made a short break...tha ranged wanted everyone down before 2am...or something due to an approaching typhoon...poor the rangers...many of them dont speak english...and there were atleat 10 foreingers on the moutain this day...
I tied some stuff on the outside of my bag...
Im always amazed how far we walked up, when i walk on the way down...
Pablo was listening to music...
I often see many old people climbing...
Adjust the backpack...
Cory was filming alot...
Wow...a hole in the tree...so spooky...
And some tar look-alike thin on the tree...
I guess some ranger left this tank here for pick-up later...in the middle of the path...
Pablos walking style reminded me of a hobbit....
A green environment...
Cory wanted to reach the car before 2, "else they might refuse us to leave", he said...
LAndslides creating these interesting strokes on the mountains...
2 professional ranger were looking for some foreigners...
One of them spoke very good english...
Pablo made a quick visit to the high altitude toilet that does not even have a window...such a waste...
We spkoe to many people on the way down...one kid was italian...i mentioned some pizzas for him...like "quattro stagioni" and "capricciosa"...
Wow...not far to the end...cory called a bus pick-up...to the ranger station...
Some alternative road headin east...I wonder what that was for...no traffic was allowed...
Some other hikers were already waiting the bus...
Down here it was super warm...taiwan temperature...
I felt i had to drink alot of water...
We quickly packed the car and headed downhill...
Cory wanted to take the road north...its a mountain road back to Hsinchu...I didnt mind...i love the mountains in taiwan...
They have some permanende road barrier on montains roads here...
And alot of construction working...
It was very good quality of the road...
More barriers...
We were worried about our car...it was rented...and the road was bad...stones scratched it underneath...
And nice view...
Probably every 20 minutes we saw construction workers...
I wonder how many people are using this road...maybe its for military purpose... no traffic but good quality road...(where its not construcion workers)
Nice view almost all the time (its Road 21)...
I wonder if its possible to buy land here...
More construction...
When the view was super good...there was a parking site..
Hmm...why use tired on the top of the tunnel?
A try river...a common site in taiwan...
And a cool bridge crossing it...
It was shaped as a sinus curve...
Nantou...the only county in taiwan thats not connected to the ocean...
We were discussion where to eat...
And ended up here...they said their burgers are super big...
They didnt have a complete english menu...
The walls were decirated in american an american style...
They had 2 different menues...so pablo got the wrong dish...
And they didnt have any beef...and eahc burger had many meats...
My pork burger had boiled pork...it was not like a real burger...
We took the freeway back to Hsinchu...it was a nice trip...next time...I will insist of climbing moutains on 1 day...since its more convenient...
Song of the day...its kind of old...but has a name similari to a place near Yushan...Tacata
 

Back from Xueshan...

"that trail takes 4 hours"....we made it in 1-2 hours...omg, next time I will plan further routes when trekking in Taiwan...
We took the bus from Hsinchu, to taipei, and from there we took train to yilan on the east coast..
The train went where I cycled some weeks ago when i cycled arond taiwan...
From Yiland transtaion we took a bus to Wuling a place from where trail begins...
It was me, Saamet and Vlad, two other Chalmers students...they had professional equipment...I had broken shoes and a tennis bag...but it was ok...climbing in taiwan is more like a walk in the park...

I ate some food in yilan, since people said there are not that many stores up in the mountains...
We were suppose to walk for 3-4 days...so we needed to buy alot of food...
The we went on a local bus taking us up to wuling...
It was rainy weather, and we couldnt really see that much...but the road went up hill, I like the mountains in taiwan...
They had a lot of farms and plantage along the road...
Dont know if the bus driver was payed to do it, but we always made a stop at a local store in a small village in the mountains...
I bought some local egg...and steam bun...
Then we came to the park entrance, and we had to pay 100nt per person to enter..
We met a professional guy who made us change our route...
We had to take a car another 5km from where the bus dropped us of...and our new friends helped us arrange a driver and car...
I also saw some signs telling which snakes that were common in the park...
And a map over the park...next time I will walk to hsinchu from here...
We had a chat with our friends, who were waiting for some other friends. initially we were suppose to wait here in wuling until tomorrow and start our hike, since our permit started from tomorrow morning, but our friends, told us to wait until 17, when the ranger station close, then we just leave our persmit in a postbox and enter, some day before...
He alo gave us some cherries...while inspiriing us to join him...
Vlad thought that the berries were a little to bitter...
We started to walk for a while, since the friends that we were waiting for were delayed...
it was raining a little, but i didnt want to put on any rainsuit, i would just sweat to death...
We were offered a car to take us further up the hill to the ranger station...
It was small, and we were 7 people, so our taiwanese freinds squeezed in the trunk...
It was steep and many busses went on this crappy road...we met some of them...it was creepy how narrow road it was...
We dumped some papers that our friends recommended us to dump in the post box...(we left to many papers, we found out later...)
The path had stairs, it was a 40 mins walk to the destination of the day...so interesting, the taiwanese ppl always say atleast 2 or 3 times longer that it acctually is...
We decided to sleep in this cabin, called Qika hut...
they had electricity but it was turned of at 21.30, and alot of mice running around...
We initiallly never planned to stayin this hut, however there were spaces left here (one reason ppl need ta permit is that they need to prebook beds in the hut, and only ppl who can prove that they can walk on a mountain may use tent...its kind of silly, but it is how it works...)
Here are my team mates...the first rainy night...on the first hut (there are totally 2 cabins on the way to the top)...
We were suppose to start at 3 am the day after...I was bored at this hut, since it went faster than expected, so i opened my rum from Bhutan to end up my miseries...
Each hut has some rangers watching it...this guy, whowas super drunk was the host of this cabin...(it turned out that this guy ws not a ranger, he was just a portier, who pretended, offering us sleeping bag for 200nt, and he took my tent)
He pretended to kill a mouse with my water bottle, but later on he said "its my friend" and let the mouse walk away in the room were were sleeping in...
He was telling stories and treating us rice wine...
The cup we drank from was a little broken, so we had to hurry up to finish it...
He gave us more and more...(when calling the park administration, they told us that they dont know this guy, ifi return to this place...I will b far more suspicios about local rangers...and ask for ID from every one of them)
After a while our taiwanese friends friends arrived, they took car from Taizhong...and they told us they were going the same route we originally planned. however, by some reason we changed it so just go to the top and back...I also planned to swim in the lake, that was taiwanes highest..
I was recommended to leave my tent here since we would not need it if we were suppose to go back the day after...(u know the story)
They ranger put it in his room and said it was safe...I never saw my tent after that...they stole it... :(
I also treated our friends friends some Bhutan rum...they were really nice...
They boiled some water here in the kitchen of the hut...I guess if we were making a longer route, we would also bring equipment to boil water...even though I think its drinkable on the creeks uphill as well...
From this moment, my camera broke...so some times I borrowed my friends camera...
We were served noodles from your friends...
We left form the Qika hut super early, like 3-4 in the morning...and reached the next hut "369" about 2 hours later...where people were still sleeping...
They had a sign of common animals...I felt likehome...where I often encounter deers and elks...
They had a kitchen where the rangers and visitors were cooking food, I think they got free gas from the high tech toilet that generated gas from the shit...
I was filling up some water...from the aluminium bottles...it tasted a little aluminium aswell...
It was super foggy this day...however, people said that it was an awesome view from here on normal days...
Our friend was talking to some kids, who didnt want to walk further, they were waiting for their classmates to come back from the peak...
We could see some blue sky...but just some small fragments...
My friend Vlad reached the top around 10, I was some minute after...
Walking in the fogg, it was interesting, they had alot of information signs...on the path up...
I felt like Frodo, walking in mordor...
Finally I reached the peak...faster than expected...thats why I wanna go back, walkingall the way to or from Hsinchu...
We coniued to walk further, in order to find taiwans higest lake...since I was walking in my swimming outfit...I wanted to take a swim up there...
We walked on on a steep path...taking us downhill...some where...
I had alot of swimming equipment in my tennis bag...
I wsa maybe not "100%" fitted by the book, but I was still wearing a "fältmässig" outfit, for a civilian...
We found a path back to the cabin "369" but didnt know if it was the same as where we came from..so we walked back to the top, finind the real path, but then it was raining heavily, soi we decided to walk back...
I was hesitating and joined some other people back up on the top a third time, but realized that its safer not to walk to the lake alotm since it was slippery and steep...
I went back to the hut where I met my friend, and suggested to continue downhill...however after some discussion we stayed in this hut...
When we came to the hut, our old taiwanese friend were taking a nap...
We knew we had to wait here until tomorrow...and it was about 1-2 pm...
We started to walk back early the day after as well...
We planned to see the sunraise at the east peak, it is on the way back to wuling where we started...
It was a very clear day...we kind of picked the worng day to climb...even if, by rumors, it was uppose to be bad weather today aswell...
We could now see many other peaks...
We could now also see the "369" cabin and the peak of Xueshan...
Here is the team "hunter", every application needed a name...and our group was named "hunter"...
When you are on a 3000+ mountain in Taiwan, you can often see most of the other high peaks...
I saw Hehuanshan, the mountain that I climbed 2 years go with the NCTU mountain climbing club...
I also saw the cool village I saw from Hehuan shan...that I wanted to visit...where it might be snow eery winter...thus the houses looks like home...or something...
After this peak visit, we coninued downhill...
We went down to Gika hut to pick up my tent...this is the guy who slept in the rangers room...dont know f he is a ranger...since the regulation here is chaotic...random guys sleeps everywhere apparently...
...and FUCK!!! my tent is gone, the tai guy who acted like a ranger stole it! If i come back here, I might empty the palce on sleeping bags and equipment for the same value as I evaluate my tent!
Just some 30 minutes later, e came back to the park entrance...where they had a pool...
We needed a car from here, like last time...and our old friend made a phone call to one of the other taiwanese friends, who rushed down to us to give us a lift to the bus, that we thought might leave in some hour...
Even from here it was a great view.
And on the way to the bus stop, we passed alot of tea plantage...
And from the bus we went to Yilan, then taipei and back to Hsinchu...some day earlier than planned...
It was fun and I want to go back to the mountains, its a big contrast compare to the citites...
However, I got disapointed with the taiwanese national park authorities...since I can easily climb the highest mountain "yushan" in one day, its said to be easier that xueshan...however they still force you to apply for some permit, even if i wont use a hut...
due to the limited space in tha cabins that i apparently never will use...they always treat people like kids in this country... :S
But neverthe less...
I wanna go trekking again...

Mountain climbing in Taiwan.

I just came back from Moutain climbing in Taiwan. We, the mountain climbing club at NCTU and I, took the bus from my school, pass by Nantou (a city in the very center of taiwan, more or less) and went up north east of that city). on the highest road of Taiwan.
I can conclude that it was to much preparations for me, but not for the taiwanese(I guess), they leaders where very strict with not carrying to much weight and to bring the right clothes and equpiment (like a whissle which i never used etc) (as if we were children). But now, afterwards I realise how much I know about clothing and trekking, compare to taiwanese ppl who never lived in a cold country, and I conclude that the info and preparations was necessary.
I also realized the differences in physical condition between people. We just went up some small peaks, and still the other people were soo exhausted.
And ofcourse the lack of cold weather here, creates a rush to go and see snow., it was also ice on the road, so many Tais went there to see snow for the first time in their life.
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My trip started from that we took the bus at 20 on friday, after 4 hours the bus driver said something while stoping the bus.

The road was closed, so that no one could pass trough without winter tires (or chains on the wheels) on the slippery roads, especially where it is a slope.
We slept in the bus, the first night.
At 6 the road opened. and we went on the highest road in Taiwan, to the highest parking spot.

The road taking us east, and at higher altitudes. The photo is taken from the parking lot.

This is the Moutain (Hehuan shan) 合歡山. It has like 5 peaks and we climbed 4 of them. It was very easy, since the road was about 40-60 minutes from each peak (it is a tourist thing). But it was a great view of other mountains that I from now on must climb.

here is me with my mullet and 2 ppl from my team (we were 2 teams in the group, which we walked with)
And it was an interesting view of Taiwan, a view that is common, but rarely seen.
We started to climb the east peak.

It was ice, (or packed snow) on the path, making it slippery. Strangely enought, the tais consistently walked on the snow, instead of in the small bushes where it was no ice at all. So to the top we spent 90% waiting and 10% walking, since it was tricky for them.

This is the east peak seen from south.
They also prefered to wait in tha shade instead of in the sun, which I never understood, since the temp is probably about 10 degs warmer in the sun...
After the east peak, we took our heavy luggage to walk to the south peak.

The weight was probably less that 20% of what I am usd to carry in the marines, even though the size of the backpack was huge.
I tried to make my pants look like knee breeches or truck-hose, since I was wearing my swedish stålgrå military sox. It made i more cool as well, since I always get super hot when walking (even if the temp was under 0).

It was some hotels (or other resorts) on the road, and from there they had great views over the valley.
We stayed at some of them on our way to the south peak.

Since there was some problems with our bus, we had to walk to the other peaks on the big road between Nantou and Hualien (to large cities in Taiwan, that is crossing the moutains). The bus couldnt even try to drive on the road since the police blocked it, only letting cars with chains or winter tired pass by. It was a very funny scene for a swede, since in sweden you have to take responsibility for your own vehicle, not letting a police doing it), but it was an extreme case i guess....

Taiwan has a few peaks above 3000m. To be listed as one of the "100 peaks" a peak must be over 3000.  It is called to be the rood of Taoiwan and belongs to the central moutain range. It is divided by 2 counties and 2 rivers (Liwu river and Tajia River).
It is a very interesting environment here, with rare flowers, which make ecotourism super big here...

From the not so high south peak, you can see my new favorit moutain in taiwan, (except DaBa, which is forbidden to climb). This moutain is called Mt Jhongyangjian, and is the only moutain in Taiwan that has a pyramid shaped peak (in the middle of the pic).

As common at moutains, it is a big different if you are climbing the north slope or the south slope, since the south more seldom has snow. Shile we were walking on the south peak, the snow was melting...creating mud and it also became slippery.

It was very sunny both days, I was wearing my Vietnamese sunhat. Still having they roots from Laos that I attached to it...
After climed the south peak, we continued to another resort, near the north peak (and west). We were suppose to take the bus here, but it was just about 1 hours walking.

It was a partly cold road, but very nice...

Since the view was stunning. We where int Taroko National Park, in the horizon is Hualine and the east coast of Taiwan.

Since the road it the highest in Taiwan, it is popular to cycle here. I already decided to to that some time, after I get my bike (hiopefully i will get it next week). Then I can enjoy the downhill from here (i dont know if u can see the road on the other side of the valley).
Well at the resort they had food and drinks.

It was the west part of the national park. Taiwanese ppl appreciate environment, since most of the areas in Taiwan are polluted by scooters and traffic. So it was a very modern center in the middle of no where...

just like in sweden we could drink the water from the water crane...(except for that we can drink the water from all water cranes in sweden).
We started to fix the tents that we brought, since they leaders tol us that we were suppose to get up at 4 am, the day after.

It was a great view from here (as well).
After that we made dinner

We made tom Tai food. It was cosy.

(the tents, in the background you can see the north peak of another moutain above 3600m, it is said to be "the dark moutain" since 2 groups of students died there 30 yearrs ago), from then everyone must have permission to climb moutains in taiwan, except from a few moutains, like the one we are climbing.
05 something we packed our things...(I never understood why we went up that early, since it would only take 1-2 hours to climb the north peak moutain, but I have stopped questionise things here in taiwan since some month ago).

It was very touristic, we went on stairs the first 20 minutes...
Group 2 started earlier that us, but since I did not have enrgy to wait for my group I walked in my own phase and catched up on the others later on.

in the middle of the moutain, they had this big blank sign, i never figuered out what it was for.

On the north peak, only me and my Accouting book was there the fist 30 minutes, since my book does not har fingers, it could not take a pic on me...
I brought the book since I had exam on the upcomming day, even if i did not study that efficient...

I can see group 2 approaching...

It was time for everyone to take pic again...
This time both me and my best friend was on the pic...

Somewhere in the background you can see Jade mountain (YuShan) in the horizon, the highest moutain in Taiwan...but still so far far away from where I am...

A real moutain climber does not face the way up as a challenge, but the way down...
It was even more mud now, I better watch my step.

When everyone was back we stayed some mintes in the resort (cafe), it felt like an after ski in the alps...
I was almost about to buy glu wine...but they did not have, so i went for ginger tea...and egg.
After this we headed for the center peak...the highest of them all...

But so touristic...a road all the way to the peak...i almost ran up, and yes, I had my hands in my pockets, like the french guy to wanted to show the swedish people that kebnekaise is not te be climbed, but to be walked (it is the highest moutain in sweden). I will walk Mount Blanc some days with my hands in my pocket...
The center peak use to be a military base until 2000, when it was open for the public.

On the way up they had the highest toilet in Taiwan. An ecotoilet. Since ecotourism is big here nowadays. They also try to restore the moutain as it was before the military activity.
I had to try it...

And Yes. Me and my book was first up on this peak as well...
I met a very nice guy there, who told me about a passport that I can get and I must take pic on myself on the moutains (since more or less every mountain in taiwan has a sign with the name and height of that moutain), and paste that pic on the passport. After 9 pics i will get a diploma...almost like tha Swedish classic but perhaps easier...

JS at the center peak...
I wonder which my next mountain will be...

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