Ascent of Xueshan on 2019-05-11

Climber: Clément Guillaume

Date:Saturday, May 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:12749 ft / 3885 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were sleeping at Hoya Resort Wuling. We didn’t wake up super early. We drove to the parking of the trailhead. At the trailhead cabin, an women took our permits (park and police), packed then in 2 sets, stamped and timestamped them and I had to sign. She kept a set and gave me back the other one. The light of the sun was already glowing. The beginning of the hike is mostly under the forest with a mix of stone stairs, wood stairs, flat terrain. It was cool and the sun was shining only a little but we were already sweating. We went at a pretty fast pace on this easy terrain even if the elevation gain was important. We went through the Qika Lodge at 2510 m. The first person we passed was a man at Kupo 3000 m, a bit before the East peak, where for the first time the trail is a bit more rocky. We continue to the East peak where we found 3 backpackers. The sky was clear, the sun shining, we could see the Sanliujiu Lodge, and our target: Xueshan main peak. Then to the cabin it was some up and down path with sometime small patches of mud. We saw more people a the cabin but didn’t really stopped. Just after we saw a junction and discover that it could be an alternative way back. The next part of trail is nice and a bit less maintained through another forest. Then we got to the bottom of the cirque and continue to the top through the rocky steep trail. There was so many multiday backpackers with heavy pack on the trail. I didn’t not envy them. We made our mind to go back through the ridge on the north and didn’t spent much time on the top. There is a nice class 2 rock assent to get to the north peak and it has few helpings ropes. From the ridge we had a nice view of the surroundings. The terrain was rocky with multiple block size. Need to be attentive to not slip and fall. After the ridge the way down is a loose scree chute with a helping rope then it quickly go back to a trail through the forest. We got back to the cabin and then the east peak. I was in good shape and ran pretty fast back to the trailhead. I would discover that got big sunburns (even with the mix of sun and clouds)
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