Ascent of Tai Shan on 2014-07-21

Climber: Rickard Colliander

Others in Party:Gustav Colliander
Date:Monday, July 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Tai Shan
    Elevation:5030 ft / 1533 m

Ascent Trip Report

Quite an unusual ascent for us; stone stairs all the way to the summit, remarkably hot and just crowded with people (hardly any Westerners, though). In order to mitigate the effects of the heat we left the hotel at 6:30 a.m. and caught the first bus to Midway Gate to Heaven, where we started ascending the rather steep steps. We made good progress and soon reached the Path of 18 Bends. Before reaching the South Gate of Heaven we chose the less travelled narrow staricase to the right which eventually ended up at the Heavenly Street from where we ascended to the Jade Emperor's temple on the summit. On our way back we passed the Sun-viewing Peak as well as the Bridge of the Celestial Beings before we took the cable car back to Midway. I stopped the GPS when we entered the gondola but we continued on foot from Midway and all the way to the First Gate to Heaven in Taian. All in all, roughly 7,000 stone steps for us on this mountain which is said to be the most climbed in the world (a statement that makes perfect sense to us!). The kids did a really good job, I must say!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Midway Gate to Heaven
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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