Snow Mountain 2, Taiwan – 雪山
July 25, 2010 by Stu
I blogged about climbing Snow Mountain during the winter earlier in the year so I won’t write many details of the hike. Last time we went, the mountain was covered in deep snow and despite our best efforts we didn’t get to the top, just shy by 300m. This time we got a permit at the last minute to be in the 369 hut for Friday night which meant that we had to drive to Wuling Farm after work, hike up to 369 at night, sleep for a few hours (earplugs recommended) then get up, hit the peak and come down on Saturday. We got lucky with the weather. It was cool and dry and we made it up and down ok but I would suggest to anyone wanting to do this hike to add an extra day/night.
Zhongyangshan in the background
- Walking up the zig-zags on our way to the Black Forest
Entering the black forest, which was very different to the last time. A lot easier for one!
A glimpse of the Holy Ridge
The Holy Ridge covered in snow
The forest floor was very lush
It can be easy to get lost in the Black Forest when it’s covered in snow or if you’re hiking it at night
Small cliff face with water running down it
2m long icicles were hanging down in the wintertime
The cirque, last bit before the peak
The snow got as deep as 3ft
This was as far as we got last time.
We were only 300m from the peak when we had to turn back
This time we got there
Clouds rolling in. We managed to get from the peak to the traihead just before the rain came.
For details about permits and everything else have a look at my last Snow Mountain post. Contact Taiwan Adventures if you’re interested in a guided hike to Snow Mountain.