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A truck crossing the center line delays our ascent for 30 mins.
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The Lanyang drainage plain 蘭陽平原 planted in cabbage

Bruce, Mike and Philip meet in Taipei at 2PM on Sat 1/16 and drive to 武陵農場 on highway 7 台七 high in the Lanyang river 蘭陽溪 watershed which drains the valley separating the Central Mountains (中央山脈) from the Syue Mountains 雪山山脈 headed by Lishan 梨山 and flowing into the Lanyang Plain 蘭陽平原 the largest plain in northeastern Taiwan, home to the largest cabbage patch on the island, and focus of the rapidly developing Ilan 宜蘭 metropolis.

We park toward the top of the Farms near the Wuling Youth Center 林務局武陵山莊 and quickly cross the Wuling Suspension Bridge 武陵吊橋 at about 7:30 AM, and 1200m elevation. Four kilometers of walking brings us to the Chiyou Mountain trailhead 池有山登山口 at about 8:30 AM

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2C in Wuling Farms 武陵農場 as we arrive under clear cool skies

Sunday morning after a quick breakfast at the Hoya 武陵富野渡假村 we are off to the Syue Mountain trail head 雪山登山口 close to 6AM at dawn. We are greeted by an enthusiastic photographer who interprets for the sandlsand led ranger housed in the two story wood cabin and park office at the trail head at an altitude of 2140 meters, the trail head starts on a board walk just in front of their office windows. Posted signs are clearly strict about requiring a permit to enter the park. We have mountain permits but not park permits, which required a lead time of seven days to be processed. The ranger will not let us through so we drive toward Taoshan 桃山 at the head of the park and decide to walk up to Chiyou Mountain 池有山.

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First at Syue Mountain Trailhead 雪山登山口 2140m
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without a park permit we look toward Taoshan 桃山

Chiyou Mountain trailhead 池有山登山口

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3.5k to the Taoshan 桃山 trailhead camp site
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Wuling Quadruple Mountains 武陵四秀
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Wuling Quadruple Trail
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a ferret? in the bins
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looking south toward Zhongyangjian mtn 中央尖山 3705m
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Wuling Farms 武陵農場 before the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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Wuling Farms 武陵農場 before the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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Taoshan (Peach mountain) 桃山 3325 m
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Mike before Taoshan 桃山
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Bruce before Taoshan 桃山
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northern end of the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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Bruce in front of Nanhu Mountain 南湖大山
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Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) 雪山
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Bruce and Mike
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Bruce and Mike in front of Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) 雪山
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Mt. Syue, (Snow Mountain) 雪山 at 3,886 m to our West is Taiwan's second highest peak.
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Alishan Gentian 阿里山龍膽 Gentiana arisanensis
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Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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Wuling Farms 武陵農場 before the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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Philip and Mike recirculating
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bamboo in the snow
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snowy path

Crossroads Campsite 三叉口營地

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Mike at a crossroads
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Nanhu Mountain 南湖大山 south across the clouded in Lanyang 蘭陽 river drainage
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Philip and Mike
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Philip and Mike

We arrive at Sanchakou Campsite 三叉口營地 at about 12:15 PM

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Bruce in front of Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山
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Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山 3,492 m
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Mike and Bruce make their way along the ridge
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gully toward Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山
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Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山

Dabajian mountain 大霸尖山 in Shei-Pa National Park 雪霸國家公園. Dabajian mtn - "Papag-wa-a" is the ancestral homeland of the Atayal and featured on the back of the 500NT note. The park area was originally inhabited by the Atayal (泰雅) and Saisiat(賽夏), the Atayal settling into areas up to 2000 meters. Shei-Pa National Park (雪霸國家公園) includes 51 peaks reaching over 3,000 meters. Mt. Syue, 1t 3,886 meters is Taiwan's second highest peak. The fractured south face inspired the Atayal to name the mountain Sekoan, meaning "broken cliffs" (岩壁的裂溝). Han Chinese settlers transliterated the sound to 雪翁山 and then simply 雪山.

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Dongbajian Mountain 東霸尖山 3,360 m to our north
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bamboo in the snow
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Chiyou Mountain 池有山

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Bruce at the peak of Chiyou mtn 池有山 3239m
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Mike at the peak of Chiyou mtn 池有山 3239m in front of Pintian Mtn 品田山
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Philip and Mike in front of Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) 雪山
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Bruce and Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山
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Bruce and Mike in front of the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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looking West
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Mike in front of Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) 雪山
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Wuling Farms 武陵農場 before the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈
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looking West
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Mike and Bruce, east toward Taoshan 桃山
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north-west panorama
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heading back down

Chiyou Mountain 池有山, 3239m, 12:45 PM

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Dabajian mtn 大霸尖山
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bamboo in the snow
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Hsuehshan (Snow Mountain) 雪山 through the trees
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Chihyou Mountain 池有山 trail map
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Keywords: farming, flower, forest, hike, mammal, map, mountain, plant, sign, trail, wood
People: Bruce, Mike, Philip
Locations: Wuling Farms, 武陵農場
Dates: 2010:01:16 - 2010:01:17