Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
When planning your big road-trip to the East coast, please, please do not confuse the incredibly scenic highway 20 ('nan-heng') with the foul boring no 9 ('nan-hwei') further south. The no 9 may be quicker (that's why it's full of trucks) but no 20 is one of the major pluses of living in the South. Make a full day of it - better still 2 or 3 days and stay at the top/middle at Yakoo. Easy hiking/stunning clear views first thing in the morning. Prepare for the cold.
Nets have been provided for those that go mad (that's you Roger) and try to run at the rising sun.
And every growing Canadian boy has to celebrate summiting with his favorite part of a chicken.
Tough bugger, Enrique, didn't really need to stay the night here (or pose either - I insisted) but the rain fell that night on more than the plains of Spain... The lodge recently got a new address, everyone insists the 101 number was an accident, I doubt it, and suspect was chosen with a tall Taipei building in mind. Mirroring Taipei 101's diminished status, this is not the highest occupied building in Taiwan, the weather station on the North peak sits at 3856meters.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
One of the many small bridge-like structures on the way up to Yushan. The trail is one of the best maintained in Taiwan and poses few difficulties for most - even with a bit of vertigo.
Long-fong waterfall, at the end of the San-ming valley, feeling long and strong this day - just like Jon!
The meaning of clouds dawning on Dave on the summit of Yushan. This was one of those mornings (there have been more than one) that most hikers at Pai-yun Lodge gave up at the sign of rainclouds, we bounded upwards and were rewarded with a stunning sunrise and empty summit.
Yes, it's the big Jade-less rock face.
Jung-yang-jan peeps out as seen from the east ridge of Snow. Living in Taipei does have one advantage - fairly easy access to the mountains on the eastern flanks of the Snow mountain range and the Lan-yang valley. I must get up Nan-hu-da this decade....
Is it the Snow mountain beast, or that English writer in chase of a Laughing thrush?
Driving from Taipei only takes about 3 hours through the 13km Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) tunnel via Yilan. For those of us in the South/Center the journey is torcherous; whether we travel the shortest windiest way via Puli/Hehuan shan, across the almost as bendy and foggy North Cross Island Highway, or just stick to the long boring freeway via Taipei and Yilan.
Over the winter months (November-March) we are running trips to the Purple Butterfly Valley. This is a fantastic area to visit for light hiking/scenery even if you are not taken in by the thousands of butterflies - and other wildlife, that make this their home over the winter months.
Christmas-New Year Hike
We are still putting together the details of a 4/5 day hike up a valley in the foothills of Jade mountain (Yushan) in the days between Christmas and New Year. This will essentially follow the valley where Highway 21 stops in Kaohsiung County and restarts near Alishan. Riverbeds and hunters' trails. More details in a week or so.
Scheduled Yushan hikes
January 8/9th Some flexibility on dates, books asap.
February 12/13 Post Chinese New Year
Remember, trips can be organized for all destinations at other times - contact us if you have a group with a good idea. Again, if at all possible avoid planning to climb Yushan at the weekend, if that's not possible then at least take one day of work and aim to be in Pai-yun hut on Friday or Sunday night.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
evening) there are a couple places left on a Chia-ming Meteor lake
the Taipei Times and China Post today! We may spend some of Saturday
exploring sights on the way up to the trailhead. Suitable for the
reasonably fit, Contact me asap.
Other hikes coming up:
Sept 29/30 (leave 28th evening) 'Combo'
October 2/3 North Dawu http://barking-
October 6/7/8 Meteor Lake http://barking-
October 10 (leave previous evening, and squeeze in as much as possible
in 26 hrs) Southern 3 stars http://barking-
October 16/17/18 Meteor lake http://barking-
October 23/24/25 Snow Mountain http://barking-
October 27/28 (leave 26th evening) Yushan
contact me immediately.
October 31/Nov 1 (leaving 30th evening) Yushan. Contact me right away
for a chance of securing permits.
November 2/3/4 Meteor lake
November 6/7 Yushan (provisional)
November 10/11 'Combo'
November 12/13 North Dawu
November 17/18 Yushan
November 21-25 Snow Mountain
November 27/28 Yushan
November 30-December 2 Snow Mountain
December 3-5 Meteor Lake
December 8/9 Yushan
December 11/12 'Combo'
Of course some of these dates may change, we welcome groups coming
looking for custom dates/itineraries.
Don't forget we can get you out paddling around the mangroves if you
give is a day's notice. http://barking-
Last week we were pleased to encounter three Yellow-troated Martens near Paiyun Lodge, on Yushan. These beautiful and inquisitive animals, related to wolverines, minks and weasels, can can be a meter in length from nose to tail tip.
Thanks to Steve for identifying the Flamecrest and Vinaceous Rosefinch on the way up Snow mountain. Amazing how we always seemed to be in the midst of birds on that hike.
Photographer Lief has put together a valuable account of the flowers on Yushan's slopes.
Norman and Lief do their thing with the rising sun. Lief, here on the summit of the South peak, capturing the Main peak (left) and East peak (right).
Monday, August 20, 2007
thankfully be becoming DRIER and cooler as the fall approaches...could
it get wetter?!?
September 1-3. Snow Mountain. Contact me immediately as time for
permits is short.
September 5-6 (leave 4th evening). Yushan.
September 8-9 (leave 7th evening). ‘Combo weekend’
September 10-12. Snow Mountain.
September 15-16 (leave 14th evening). Yushan
September 19-20 (leave 18th evening or earlier). Yushan, plus possible
extension for other peaks/traverse. See Peak Bagging and Extension at
September 22-25 (Mid Autumn Festival) Chia-ming Meteor Lake
September 27-18 (leaving 26th evening) Yushan
We may have treks to Yushan September 29-30,October 12-15 and October
For US Thanksgiving (November 22-25) we should be up a-still-snow-free
As ever, we are happy to help apply for permits for independent hiking
(without us guiding etc), and arrange private custom-made group trips.
Cooler weather is paddling the mangroves weather. Anytime - we are
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The 'combo weekend' van leaves Friday evening from downtown Tainan. To book a space check out http://www.barking-deer.com/comboweekend.htm Often after a small typhoon conditions for hiking/biking are even better than usual - cooler air, clearer views.
Friday, August 3, 2007
If you sent anything to us at firstname.lastname@example.org recently and didn't get a response, now you know why. Send again to email@example.com thanks!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
We've been asked about getting permits for Yushan. If you have the wherewithal to do the ascent yourself, we can help you tackle this lovely bit of bureaucracy.
What we need is a copy of the data page in your passport/ARC, the dates you want to be where, and your emergency contact numbers. We charge $900 per application (1 person) and $500 for every additional person, this includes accommodation at Paiyun Lodge.
-The number of people allowed to head for Paiyun/summit is restricted, for popular times (most weekends) the park operates a lottery to decide who gets in. Your chances are much better if applying to hike on a weekday.
-Other than during the summer vacation, hikers can not camp outside at Paiyun on weekdays (ie, must apply for a space IN the lodge).
-NO permits are issued for a month around Chinese New Year, this is to give the mountain a chance to 'rest'.
-Dates/names/routes listed on the permits can not be changed after issuance. The park has the right to withdraw permission in the event of typhoons/earthquakes etc.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
On this weekend’s (Aug 3-5) ‘Combo’ trip http://barking-deer.com/comboweekend.htm we will make a special effort to fit in white-water rafting on the
Remember, the price includes everything, and the fitness level required is low!
Other stuff open to all:
Other stuff open to all:
The August 21-23 Yushan trip is now full, but we have another one going August 29 (late evening) to August 31. Contact us ASAP. http://barking-deer.com/yushan.htm
A bit of fitness needed here.
A bit of fitness needed here.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The summer weather stinks, and we've surely got the best place to be.
The falls, slides and pools may not be Niagara, Disney nor Olympic, but they are up the road from us and we have them all to ourselves usually.
On the 'Combo Weekends' we have been hanging around here a lot. Juvenile behavior is allowed - expected and observed.
Boys will be boys, and the men will be idiots. The girls...well, pretend to be something else altogether.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
July 27-29 we will have a 'Combo Weekend' open to anyone. As the summer heat is at its most annoying, more time will be set aside for frolicking around in cool river pools and waterfalls. Remember this trip is suitable for anyone fit/unfit.
Early August we're putting together a group for Chai-ming Meteor lake. Barking-deer.com will have more details soon.