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Ascent of Yushan on 2019-05-16

Climber: Clément Guillaume

Date:Thursday, May 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Yushan
    Location:Taiwan
    Elevation:12963 ft / 3951 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started from the Dongpu Lodge at 4:10 with headlamp. I took the road to the trailhead. I ran down the descent part and started on the trail. The temperature was good, I was in short - T-shirt. I could already see my environment and by 4:50 I turned off the headlamp. Basically, until Payun lodge, the trail is in very well maintained (rocks, stairs, footbridge) and follow the cliff. The elevation gain is not too brutal. There was not too much fog/cloud in the morning. I could spot some only when looking at higher elevation. 2:05 after the start, I was at the Lodge. A park ranger, I didn’t notice first, addressed me. I showed my two stamped park permits and he kept one. I continued. After a bit of forest I got to some rocky switchback. Still no much clouds, only on the summit block. I crossed a lot of people going down. I reached the summit 2:55 after the start and put on glove and wind jacket quickly. For few seconds I could see the ranges around and even urbanized plains to the east. But that would not last long. I had plenty of time, I decided to go to East Peak. The fog was dense and the navigation uneasy. 4 other people were on that route. The summit require some class 2-3 climbing but it was chain and ropes to help. Than I decided to got to South Peak because I saw an alternate route down to Payun lodge. Cold, windy, dense fog, hiking up and down, following the sparse trail; it was not easy. That summit also requires a bit of fun climbing. I started to fasten my pace on the way down. I run through Payun lodge and started the assent of West peak. A lot of up and down. Now the fog had went down to lower elevation. About one hour out and back to the lodge. I run down at a faster and faster pace until Front peak trailhead. The assent of Front Peak is vertical and brutal. it’s basically going up a chute full of small boulder. I didn’t expect to spend such time on that. I was already looking at the clock because I wanted to catch the last bus. Back to the trail, after the summit, I continued to run down. At the trailhead I considered the shuttle option, but I had no idea of its schedule and it would be cheating ( :D ). Of course the shuttle passed me when I was making my way up on the road. At this point it started to rain and it was the first time of the day that the rain was annoying. I finished at the lodge after 9h55 minutes, 37.67 km and 3,171 m of positive gain.

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