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Taiwan Taipei Hiking Yangmingshan

23 March 2014

Me vs the volcano

Today I went to Yangmingshan national park, just north of Taipei.
I have been there before and got lost, its huge, theres a lot of different peaks.
last time I think I walked from the MTR station up to somewhere in the Datong range, and the fog came.
This time the weather was great, and I took a bus up to the start of the proper hiking area, and made it properly over the top of several peaks around Mount Qixing.
It was fantastic. I took a lot of boring photos, so brace yourself for sameness.

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Once you get off the bus its all a very nice looking garden area. Theres even a starbucks, and lots of people. I think these people just go from spot

Once you get off the bus its all a very nice looking garden area. Theres even a starbucks, and lots of people.
I think these people just go from spot to spot on one of 9000 mini buses, cause there were a lot less people on the climbs, and on the walk I took back around the base, no one.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I think I am going up there. It doesnt look very far.

I think I am going up there. It doesnt look very far.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - After an hour or so, I got to the summit climb. I appreciate this kind of signage.

After an hour or so, I got to the summit climb. I appreciate this kind of signage.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - OMG squirrels, everywhere. People feed them by hand.

OMG squirrels, everywhere. People feed them by hand.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Most of the climb is steps like this. Very steep, quite slippery. I have shorts and a t-shirt. Lots of locals were quite concerned for me, but I estim

Most of the climb is steps like this. Very steep, quite slippery. I have shorts and a t-shirt. Lots of locals were quite concerned for me, but I estimate it was 15C.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - About half way up, I thought I better take this in case it was cloudy up higher.

About half way up, I thought I better take this in case it was cloudy up higher.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I have been going 2 hours and it doesnt look any closer than 5 photos ago from the car park. What kind of bullshit is this.

I have been going 2 hours and it doesnt look any closer than 5 photos ago from the car park. What kind of bullshit is this.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I think I am getting somewhere now.

I think I am getting somewhere now.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - First stop is the east peak. It would have a great view of the city, except I am in semi fog now. The top part of the climb is through a bamboo forest

First stop is the east peak. It would have a great view of the city, except I am in semi fog now. The top part of the climb is through a bamboo forest.
I dont like to brag (yeah I do), but I set a goal to make it to the top without stopping for a break, and other than 5 seconds for each of the photos, I did that. 2 hours and 5 minutes upstairs non stop.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I have aged badly due to the high altitude.

I have aged badly due to the high altitude.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Every now and then the fog sort of blew away briefly for a view.

Every now and then the fog sort of blew away briefly for a view.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Now I am at the main peak, which is like 5 metres higher than the eastern peak. Theres some sort of mountain climbing group up here going crazy with c

Now I am at the main peak, which is like 5 metres higher than the eastern peak.
Theres some sort of mountain climbing group up here going crazy with celebrations and holding a flag.
I got offered mini tomatoes to eat, and some tea. I politely declined. None the less I got a hug from a very excited woman.
Lots of people came up to me and asked if I was cold. No, I was sweating. In the wind it could be a bit chilly, but there was a thermometer up there nailed to a post that said it was still 10C.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I decided to walk down another route, about half way down here. It started to smell strongly of sulphur dioxide.

I decided to walk down another route, about half way down here. It started to smell strongly of sulphur dioxide.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I took a panorama, its probably small cause I exported it at the same settings or something technical like that no one cares about. Maybe I will updat

I took a panorama, its probably small cause I exported it at the same settings or something technical like that no one cares about. Maybe I will update it manually.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - It was quite windy for all of my many selfies.

It was quite windy for all of my many selfies.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Then I came to the volcano. Gas was coming out of the ground everywhere.

Then I came to the volcano. Gas was coming out of the ground everywhere.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - There was a sign stating it was a cooling mountain that was once very angry. Good to know.

There was a sign stating it was a cooling mountain that was once very angry. Good to know.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Nice view of the valley plus steam.

Nice view of the valley plus steam.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Looking back towards more mountains across the valley, maybe tomorrow!

Looking back towards more mountains across the valley, maybe tomorrow!


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - More steam or gas or whatever it is.

More steam or gas or whatever it is.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Finally back to a car park area, looking back up the volcanic part. Only issue is I am far from the bus that goes back to town, and the various mini b

Finally back to a car park area, looking back up the volcanic part. Only issue is I am far from the bus that goes back to town, and the various mini buses are all 150% full.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - So I took a double chin selfie and set off. Walk around the base of the mountains back to the main bus station.

So I took a double chin selfie and set off. Walk around the base of the mountains back to the main bus station.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - This provided some excellent views of valleys with farms and streams and stuff.

This provided some excellent views of valleys with farms and streams and stuff.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - The path however was very mossy, which looks great but had me fall flat on my ass twice, so I took this photo whilst seated unexpectedly.

The path however was very mossy, which looks great but had me fall flat on my ass twice, so I took this photo whilst seated unexpectedly.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - And after a 7km march around the base of the summit area (confused?), I was back, and still much higher up than I thought I would be. A great day out

And after a 7km march around the base of the summit area (confused?), I was back, and still much higher up than I thought I would be.
A great day out for sure. Theres lots more to this massive park, so I might be back. However theres plenty of other parks too!


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