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A frog goes hiking: 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) (Day 3)

posted by Martin Rubli at 14:57

If I had to summarize the third day in one word it wouldn't be "exhaustion" but "rain". From the moment we got up until we got into the car it was raining virtually non-stop. Below are the cumulative rain charts for our three days. The little white circle marks our hiking area:

So, as you can see, this is not exactly the best weather for hiking but a great chance to test my rain gear.

At this point I have to make a little advertisement for my Rab Demand pull-on eVent jacket. Worn on top of only a thin, long-sleeved Merino wool shirt it kept me dry for the entire day. My fellow hikers in plastic and Gore-Tex all got wet - either from the humidity building up on the inside or from the rain seeping in, or both. In terms of breathability and water resistance eVent really beats the heck out of Gore-Tex. I've experienced it for myself numerous times and there's research that suggests the same.

Before we get to the photos of the day let's look at a little bird's eye view of the area:


(Click on the picture for a larger version.)

On the far right you can see 雪山 (Xue shan), the second highest mountain in Taiwan. On the far left is our mountain hut. It's entirely possible to attack 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) from the other side, but that would be a much longer and even more exhausting trip.

We had originally planned to go to 雪山 (Xue shan) and 雪山北蜂 (Xue shan East peak) but because of difficulties booking the mountain hut we ended up going to 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan). After all, 雪山 (Xue shan) isn't going anywhere anytime soon.


Altitude graph


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GPS track

Hiking log

04??: Wake up
0600: Departure from 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut), 2699 m, 10 °C
0815: 馬達拉溪登山口 (Ma da la river trail head), break time in the mountain hut
0945: 大鹿林道 (Da lu forest trail), 17 km
1440: Arrival back at 觀霧 (Guan wu)


Photos

Six o'clock in the morning: Ready to leave 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) in the pouring rain.

Six o'clock in the morning: Ready to leave 九九山莊 (Jiu jiu mountain hut) in the pouring rain.

Back down at the suspension bridge over the 馬達拉溪 (Ma da la river).

Back down at the suspension bridge over the 馬達拉溪 (Ma da la river).

Given the heavy rain at the time we didn't want to take the shortcut for fear of having a "one step forward, two steps back" experience. So we walked the 2 km up to the 17 km milestone. When we got there it already looked different than two days earlier - they were doing some construction with a backhoe. With any luck there will be a little hut or at least a rest stop here in the future.

Given the heavy rain at the time we didn't want to take the shortcut for fear of having a "one step forward, two steps back" experience. So we walked the 2 km up to the 17 km milestone. When we got there it already looked different than two days earlier - they were doing some construction with a backhoe. With any luck there will be a little hut or at least a rest stop here in the future.

Five hours, seventeen kilometers, and a lot of rain later we're finally back in 觀霧 (Guan wu).

Five hours, seventeen kilometers, and a lot of rain later we're finally back in 觀霧 (Guan wu).

Can you see the expression of relief in my face?

Can you see the expression of relief in my face?

Joe wringing out his socks.

Joe wringing out his socks.

Ann with the same relieved expression on her face.

Ann with the same relieved expression on her face.

[http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%AF%9B%E5%9C%B0%E9%BB%84%E5%B1%9E 毛地黃] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitalis Foxgloves]) along the way.

毛地黃 (Foxgloves) along the way.

It looks much worse than it really was, but the bruise explains why I felt pain for the last 9 km of the hike. I probably have some work to do in the shoe tying area.

It looks much worse than it really was, but the bruise explains why I felt pain for the last 9 km of the hike. I probably have some work to do in the shoe tying area.


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  1. Loic says:

    aaaaaa what's that last picture?? Did they chop off your foot afterwards?

  2. Martin says:

    Haha, no, it's really not that bad. Apparently my left shoe wasn't tied as well as it should have been, so I got a bruise from the rubbing and pressure. It was gone a couple of weeks later and no amputation was necessary!

  3. Tonkin-Travel Vietnam says:

    Your trekking route in this post looks so challenging for me. Can you tell me where it is? China mainland or Taiwan

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