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A frog goes hiking: 大失敗山 (Big failure mountain) (Day 2)

posted by Martin Rubli at 14:34

We are now on the day two, the green part of our hike:


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There had been a short but intense thunderstorm overnight, so the others were a bit worried about the weather. Why not me? Thanks to earplugs and my superhuman sleeping powers I had missed it entirely. :-) Still, I was positively surprised by the clear morning sky and, for the first time in days, actually had high hopes of standing at a mountain top in good weather.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Once the entire mountain range was covered in fog we figured it wasn't worth it just going to the top for the heck of it, so we turned around.

On the way down Max and I still took two little detours to 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan) and 加利山 (Jia li shan). After all, I had come to climb some of Taiwan's 100 highest mountains and I wasn't going to leave without having done so!

It was barely lunch time by the time we got back to camp, so, besides eating and practicing his Chinese with his hiking friends, what can a bored hiker do? That's right: Run around the mountain hut with the GPS around his neck to be able to get a few tracks for OpenStreetMap. Here's the before and after:

Pretty, isn't it? :-)

Below are the charts and photos for day 2.


Altitude graph


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GPS track

Hiking log

0330: Wake up (well, as awake as you can be at that time of day)
0430: Departure, 2699 m, 10 °C
0555: Crossroad to 加利山 (Jia li shan), 3100 m
0800: Crossroad to 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan), 3245 m
0820: 中霸山屋 (Zhong ba mountain hut), 3295 m
0925: 中霸平 (Zhong ba ping), 3400 m
1000: 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan), 3297 m
1145: 加利山 (Jia li shan), 3112 m
1300: Back at 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut)


Photos

Sunrise on the way from 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

Sunrise on the way from 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

A beautiful sea of clouds minutes after sunrise.

A beautiful sea of clouds minutes after sunrise.

The trail up to 3050高地 ("3050 plateau").

The trail up to 3050高地 ("3050 plateau").

Six more kilometers to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

Six more kilometers to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

Views like this (almost) make it worth getting up at three in the morning.

Views like this (almost) make it worth getting up at three in the morning.

The crossroad to 加利山 (Jia li shan), the peak that's easiest to reach from 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut).

The crossroad to 加利山 (Jia li shan), the peak that's easiest to reach from 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut).

The view towards 加利山 (Jia li shan).

The view towards 加利山 (Jia li shan).

And the view back from where we just came from. Luckily people with D-SLRs tend to walk slower (I know I do when I carry one), so it leaves compact shooters more time for breaks. :-)

And the view back from where we just came from. Luckily people with D-SLRs tend to walk slower (I know I do when I carry one), so it leaves compact shooters more time for breaks. :-)

A little snack break at the top of a hill.

A little snack break at the top of a hill.

It would be nice to have a D-SLR to capture the true beauty of the scenery, but 1.5 kg is a lot of weight!

It would be nice to have a D-SLR to capture the true beauty of the scenery, but 1.5 kg is a lot of weight!

Looking back ...

Looking back ...

... and looking south. Near the left border of the picture you can see 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao), one of the highest peaks in Taiwan. It is only a stone's throw away from the famous 雪山 (Xue shan) which lies right behind it.

... and looking south. Near the left border of the picture you can see 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao), one of the highest peaks in Taiwan. It is only a stone's throw away from the famous 雪山 (Xue shan) which lies right behind it.

The impressive peak of 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan). Too bad that neither the lighting nor the fog made for good photo conditions.

The impressive peak of 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan). Too bad that neither the lighting nor the fog made for good photo conditions.

From left to right: 中霸尖山 (Zhong ba jian shan), 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan), and 小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan).

From left to right: 中霸尖山 (Zhong ba jian shan), 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan), and 小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan).

The view back. At the end of the trail lies 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan) that we hadn't climbed yet but which was on the list for our way down.

The view back. At the end of the trail lies 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan) that we hadn't climbed yet but which was on the list for our way down.

中霸山屋 (Zhong ba mountain hut), an abandoned hut that now merely serves as an emergency shelter.

中霸山屋 (Zhong ba mountain hut), an abandoned hut that now merely serves as an emergency shelter.

I forgot to take a picture of that but if you slip here you're unlikely to ever see the light of day again. On the left side the stony slope goes down far enough to disappear in the fog.

I forgot to take a picture of that but if you slip here you're unlikely to ever see the light of day again. On the left side the stony slope goes down far enough to disappear in the fog.

Some beautiful flowers along the way.

Some beautiful flowers along the way.

Finally at the top!

Finally at the top!

Unfortunately it's the top of 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan) and not our original destination. The fog had gotten worse towards the top, so that we only continued to 中霸平 (Zhong ba ping), a great spot for photographing 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan). It would only have been another 40 minutes to get to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) but without the view it's just not worth it.

Unfortunately it's the top of 伊澤山 (Yi ze shan) and not our original destination. The fog had gotten worse towards the top, so that we only continued to 中霸平 (Zhong ba ping), a great spot for photographing 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan). It would only have been another 40 minutes to get to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) but without the view it's just not worth it.

Traces of mountain goats in the dirt.

Traces of mountain goats in the dirt.

Taking a break to eat a few carrot sticks and nuts. (Apparently hiking turns me into a rabbit/squirrel.)

Taking a break to eat a few carrot sticks and nuts. (Apparently hiking turns me into a rabbit/squirrel.)

And the second peak for the day ...

And the second peak for the day ...

... 加利山 (Jia li shan). Normally the view from here would be great but not today.

... 加利山 (Jia li shan). Normally the view from here would be great but not today.

By the time Max and I got back to 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) from climbing our two little peaks Joe and Ann were already back down again and resting.

By the time Max and I got back to 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) from climbing our two little peaks Joe and Ann were already back down again and resting.

The kitchen and community room of the mountain hut.

The kitchen and community room of the mountain hut.

九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut).

九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut).

The spartan toilets.

The spartan toilets.

The mountain hut does have some electricity thanks to a huge solar panel.

The mountain hut does have some electricity thanks to a huge solar panel.

Parts of 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) seen from the top.

Parts of 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) seen from the top.

Cooking our well-deserved dinner.

Cooking our well-deserved dinner.

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