Hike: Dec 10: Yangmingshan's Seven Star Mountain

We talked about this last weekend. Some members want to do a safe hike. As several of us have never climbed this mountain, the highest in the Taipei area, we thought it would make a good day’s outing.

We will be joining Richard Saunder’s group (Richard is the author of the Taipei Day Trips books). The hike will do a circuit of the mountain and take in the mysterious pyramid at the top, said to be the start of a tunnel to Ilan and various UFO landings. Ahem.

I will post more about meeting times and such but be warned that for Richard’s group they are usually 8am at Shilin MRT. For Yangmingshan it is necessary to get in and out early. Hey, I didn’t make the rules.

Pending more info on the hike duration and weather forecast, I’m tentatively in.

This is Chi shing shan, right? I did it recently on my own. It was lunch time by the time I reached the top. It was a food fight up there. Grannies, mobile phone MP3 players and kids. Going early sound best.

It’s a Satruday, so I can’t make it. Enjoy!

L.

Do you know how long the entire hike will take? Why do you call them Richard Saunder’s group, are they from another forum?

Still waiting on an answer to # 1 as well, but I can help with # 2.

Richard Saunders is the guy who wrote the Taipei Day Trips 1 and 2 books. He is a knowledgeable hiking guide and frequently leads hikes in the area. I’ve seen them published in the local paper. I think that Mucha_Man’s idea is that our group, however many that is, will join up with Richard’s group this time as Richard’s group already has a hike planned to this location this weekend. Fine with me as I’ve been wanting to do that for some time. Hope the weather improves.

99.9% in.

How big is the other group usually? Just in case a fight breaks out it would be good to know if we have the numbers.

If everyone brings two hiking sticks and you bring the right mobile equipment, we should be set. Quality, not quantity! :wink:

Why does everyone think I’m 900 years old?

Just because I fall off the mountain sometimes means nothing.

:fume: :fume: :fume: :fume: :fume:

Gravity works differently up here, ever watched the water going down the plug hole in Oz? Facsinating! Watch out for the gravity Ironman. It makes your legs buckle. :wink:

On topic…mmmm…it’ll be cold…enjoy.

Sensitivity Threshold: Exceeded.

Guess I’ll have to give it a rest. We old farts need to stick together. Damn, there I go again. :wink:

What’s this “enjoy” nonsense? I thought you were coming.

Nah, it’s Saturday (You probably read my post before I realized and edited it. Enjoy!

If the weather’s not too miserable I’ll probably go out on Sunday. Maybe one of the MRT routes.

L.

[quote=“Limey”]Nah, it’s Saturday (You probably read my post before I realized and edited it. Enjoy!

If the weather’s not too miserable I’ll probably go out on Sunday. Maybe one of the MRT routes.

L.[/quote]

Pity you can’t get out on the Saturday hikes. Redo the roster?

But who are the people in Richard’s “Group”? Where do they come from? How can there be a group without forumosa? :astonished:

[quote=“Limey”]This is Chi shing shan, right? I did it recently on my own. It was lunch time by the time I reached the top. It was a food fight up there. Grannies, mobile phone MP3 players and kids. Going early sound best.

It’s a Satruday, so I can’t make it. Enjoy!

L.[/quote]

Since I can’t answer question number 1 (how long the hike will take) as I’ve never done the hike, can you give us an estimate?

[quote=“Muzha Man”][quote=“Limey”]This is Chi shing shan, right? I did it recently on my own. It was lunch time by the time I reached the top. It was a food fight up there. Grannies, mobile phone MP3 players and kids. Going early sound best.

It’s a Satruday, so I can’t make it. Enjoy!

L.[/quote]

Since I can’t answer question number 1 (how long the hike will take) as I’ve never done the hike, can you give us an estimate?[/quote]

Sure. If you start from the car park near the visitor centre (go to Starbucks and keep heading up until you find it) it is a round trip of four hours. I’m not a speedy walker, but I’m no slack arse either. My feeling is that if this cold weather remains there be plenty of folk up there enjoying the temperature. Crazy people.

If you decide to drive be warned that you now have to pay for parking by the hour, including motorbikes. I think my bill ended up at about $200 for a car, don’t know if it differs for bikes. It used to be that the old lady would come round and stamp your ticket, but they have a new automated car park now.

Well worth the effort, don’t wimp out and stop at the garden. be warned it gets much harder when you’ve passed that.

Like I’ve said before enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

L.

Yup, we sure do (now that I’m a member of the old fart club)! :slight_smile:

Yup, we sure do (now that I’m a member of the old fart club)! :slight_smile:[/quote]
I think we’re in need of a title change. Something like “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Too bad a stupid movie stole that one, because if we could’ve thought of an “S” word, we could’ve been “L.E.G.S.”

I want to go hiking on Saturday, but fair warning: I’m normally a non-aquatic hiker. I’m definitely a non-arctic, non-aquatic hiker.

By the way - for some of us, going to Shilin MRT station first would be out of the way. Any idea where the eventual meeting place is on the mountain (starting point)? If not, any way to check?

Okay, I finally got word from Richard:

[code]Hi everyone,
A bit late again this week… On SATURDAY
(December 10th), there’s a hike to Yangmingshan’s
highest peak, Seven Star Mountain. This is a moderate
hike, all on steps. There’s a fairly long climb up
from the volcanic fumeroles at Xiao You Keng, but if
the weather is good, there’ll be fantastic views from
the summit. To make it a bit more exciting, just
before the summit we’ll make the short but very rough
side trip to “Ketagalan Mountain”, the famous
“pyramid” of Seven Star Mountain, center of a range of
bizzarre theories and Seven Star Mountain alien
sightings!
This is a fairly simple walk (except for the short
detour to the pyramid, which only takes ten minutes
but is rough and overgrown), but a little stamina is
needed for the long climb. Please be sure to bring
long trousers and long shirt sleeves as protection
against the silvergrass as we fight our way to the
pyramid. Food and drink for lunch as well.
We meet on Saturday morning at 8 am, at Jiantan MRT
Station. Pleasae don’t be late.[quote]

So, we meet at Jiantan MRT station, not Shilin. S4 this is a lot closer to you than Muzha Station. It’s only 8 stops from Beitou.

I can ask Richard where you could meet us? Are you thinking of takiing your scooter across from Beitou?

BTW, I will email and let him know our group is coming. Should be about 8 maybe? Anyway, I will say 8.

[/quote][/code]

Mucha_Man, yes, I was thinking of driving the scooter to the starting point, vs. coming to the MRT station, but not mandatory. I’d like to know about that option if not too much trouble to ask. Jiantan, not Shilin, is noted.

And, if you’re asking, can you inquire about the total hike time please? Thanks.