10-06-2013

I climbed Jade Mountain (Yushan) at 3952 meters

Tags: Jade Mountain Yushan Taiwan Climbing
I climbed Jade Mountain in Taiwan the 10. June 2013 and reached the summit at 12:15 .... see more pictures in the photo album.

There are a lot of mountains in Taiwan to climb, both in summer and winter. Jade mountain is the highest, but there are so many peaks around Jade Mountain in the Yushan Range and the trails are so pristine, and I cound them to be in very good condition, despite I met almost no people.

To prepare for the trek you have to get a permit, and they limit the amount of trekkers, so it is a good idea to get the permit before you leave home.

The trail is quite long, and doing it in one day will lead to sore feet, but most people who climb Jade Mountain start very early with a headlamp and then reach the top around noon.

The views are fantastic during the entire trek, with unspoiled nature and peaks all around the trek, the trail is easy to follow, if you pay attention to the signs.

08-06-2013

I felt the earthquake here in Taiwan today at 00:39 local time

Tags: Earthquake Taiwan Taipei
I have felt earthquakes a few times before ... this was much stronger. The local time is 00:39 on the 8. June 2013.

I sat in my bed and felt it really strong. and the curtains started swaying a little bit and I quickly got up and looked around in the hotel room and when I got to the toilet the towels were still swaying. I could hear some noise like from the building or like a scratch in some furniture. I am on the 14. floor in this 17 floor hotel building.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c000hib7/us/index.html

I am here for Computex 2013 and for climbing a mountain in Taiwan in a few days ... more on that later.