Friday, November 2, 2007
Richard at Barking Deer, a southern based adventure company, thinks I have a bit of a curse when it comes to the high mountains. Despite living here in Taiwan for 12 years, I've never been able to reach the top of Yushan, the island's highest peak.
Don't think I haven't tried, but rain, fog, landslides, and life, just keep getting in the way.
A month ago, we tried to climb to Jiaming Lake, that gorgeous jewel you see above. It's the highest alpine lake in Taiwan, and supposedly began existence as a meteorite strike.
When we arrived at the trailhead, the rain came down in buckets. Let's at least make it to the first cabin, we decided, and four hours later arrived, soaked through to the skin.
I must say I was pretty disappointed how fast my Gortext shell jacket let in water. I really need to reseam it and probably give it an iron. My felt water-resistant felt-lined pants held up better. At least they kept me warm.
The cabin was full when we arrived, and we set our tents up on the patio in the back. We all changed clothes and had some warm tea and felt a lot better afterwards. I suppose we might have tried to stick it out for the night and hope for better weather in the morning, but we discovered that our tents were leaking.
That was it, better to call it a day. When you're up at almost 3000m you really shouldn't be stupid about the risks you take.
Anyway, this weekend we were set for a second attempt on Jiaming. But, cursed luck, the weather not only called for rain all weekend, but I came down with a chest cold. Now I'm stuck at home, not even able to head out for a hike in the hills around my apartment.
Good for the blog, I guess.
Posted by Robert Scott Kelly at 11:08 PM