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Ascent of Xueshan on 2016-08-19

Climber: David Hart

Date:Friday, August 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Xueshan
    Location:Taiwan
    Elevation:12749 ft / 3885 m

Ascent Trip Report

First peak of a 2-week hiking trip to Taiwan, Malaysian Borneo and Japan. Fun hike up Taiwan's second highest peak in Shei-Pa National Park. 7,000' elevation gain in almost 7 miles, per GPS, due to ups and downs along the way. Left trailhead at 2150m at 5:15am. On summit at 9:15am. :45 minute rest on top then 3:10 hrs descent. 7:55 hrs round trip. Saw no other foreigners on the hike. All of the locals who hike the peak do it as Rob Woodall described with one or most likely two nights at the huts along the way. That would be fun, but in no way needed if your goal was to simply hike the peak.

Note that you must have 2 copies of your permits at the trailhead, there is a Wildlife Conservation Entry permit, and a Climbing permit. I was told I had to check in with the WuLing police station the day before the hike. They simply looked at my permit and said ok. Apparently this may or may not be a requirement. One copy of the permits stay with the Ranger. The other goes with you to the top, and gets dropped off at the Ranger once you return. Solo permittees are also required to have a rope, helmet, satellite phone and GPS. The rope and helmet are asinine requiremen for this class 1 hike.

Mark Roche of blueskiesadventures@yahoo.com arranged my solo 1-day permit for Syue Shan as well as for Yushan. He lives in Taiwan and organizes all the way up to fully supported Taiwanese adventures. He did a great job for me; highly recommended.

Off to Yushan trailhead tomorrow, meeting a group lead by Mark Roche to hike up Aug 21.
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