Re: [Hammock Camping] Shueshan2008 Trip report
- Hi Tim,
Unfortunately, the weather was so bad the first time we crossed the peak
that we didn't get any pictures. Not much relaxed about that, what with
altitude, rain (felt like sleet), windchill, and heavy clouds
threatening thunder. It was midday, but it felt like dusk! Crossing
back two days later under partly-cloudy skies was more of a walk in the
park! Then, it was just a matter of puffing!
August 31: Taichung to Wuling farm by car, driving Taiwan's highest
highway (peak elevation 3200-3400 m)
2-km (1.5 hours) of hiking from Wuling Farm to Chika Hut. Weather
gorgeous! I camped in woods near the hut.
September 1: 5-km (6 hours) hike from Chika Hut (2520 m) to 369 Hut
(3070 m). I rigged my hammock inside the 369 hut (only 10 people in
building, so my hammock could take up much hall space). Slight rain in
late afternoon. Low temperature that night about 11*C. Mostly clear.
September 2: 4-km (5.5 hours) hike from 369 Hut
to top of Shueshan (3886 m) where the noon temperature was about 0*C
plus a hefty windchill. No lingering there. 1-2 km (1.5 hours) of
sliding down a talus slope from Shueshan to Tsue Pond (3480 m). Socked
in and raining by 10:30 am. Low temperature that night about 4*C and a
very soggy fog.
September 3: Hung out, literally, at Tsue Pond, looked at the trail to
and dried things out. Rain began at midday, but clouds moved in before
10 am. Low temperature that night about 10*C. Foggy, but not so soggy.
September 4: 1-2 km (2.5 hours) from Tsue Pond to Shueshan Peak
4-km (3.25 hours) hike from peak
back to 369 Hut. Heavy rain all afternoon and much of the night.
Rigged hammock inside hut--this time too short a distance for a really
comfortable night because hut was crowded (30-50 people) and everything
Low temperature outside the hut that night about 7*C.
September 5: 7-km (5 hours) hike from 369 Hut to Wuling Farm
drove from Wuling Farm to Taichung via Taiwan's highest highway, only
this time driving through fog and rain.
tim garner wrote:
> Looks like a nice trip... looks very relaxed.
- Cara Lin,
Have you thought about adding a "solid barrier"
between you and the soggy fog?
Perhaps Ed's 10' x 11' Winter Tarp?
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