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Climbing Yushan Mountain

The Far East

When I proposed visiting Yi Yun in Taiwan she suggested we walk up on the highest peak in the country. We applied for a few permits and were surprisingly approved for an ascend on the 13th of December. As far as I could see it wasn't a technical climb so despite the fact that Yi Yun had never done a proper hike in the mountains before we figured we'd be alright as long as we brought warm clothes. On the first day we walked up to the Paiyun lodge at 3400m. The next morning at 3am we went out to hike the last bit up to the top of the Yushan Main Peak at 3952m but ended up approaching the last climb way before sunrise. It was too cold to stand still up there, so to keep warm we walked down for half an hour before turning around and climbing the mountain once more, this time making it all the way up.

December 11th, 2016

We passed an aboriginal market on the way up to the top where I had a sausage.
The wall of the lodge where we stayed the first night
We found a very large Cypress tree in Alishan
Evening clouds over Alishan
Evening sunlight streaming through the trees
The sky at dusk in the Alishan mountains
Setting out on our hike up Yushan
The path towards the Paiyun Lodge
Looking south
The view out over the neighboring valley by the Paiyun lodge
Walking over to the Yushan West peak a short walk from the lodge
A small Japanese shinto near the top of the Yushan West Peak from the occupation
Trees and clouds
The hillside is disappearing the afternoon clouds drifting in from the valley
Yushan Fir trees
Dinner is served in the Paiyun Lodge
The last light of the day creeps under the clouds
Looking back over our path in the dawn light
Early morning the next day a brief pause in the clouds flowing over the top makes it possible to appreciate the sunrise
White trail leading down in to the clouds
Frozen rocks and morgning clouds
The view out over the ridge from the top
Blurred photo through my frosted lens of ice covering a plant near the top of Yushan Mountain.
Yi Yun had frostbite in her hair
Full moon on the freeway driving back north the same day
Yi Yun's dad is making me delicious breakfast
Back in Taoyuan we went tea-shopping
Back in Taipei I observed this innovative bike improvement doubling the capacity of the vehicle
Close up of the fantastic bike invention
Eating bubble tea pizza. The main and most important objective of the Taiwan leg of the trip.
Bubble tea pizza. The main reason I went to Taiwan in the first place

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