I’m supposed to climb Yushan next weekend with a friend’s graduating class. I just received the itinerary and it seems they want to do the climb in one day! We’d be getting up at 2:30 and reaching the summit by 10. That in itself will be a challenge but then they want to then return to tatajia by 3pm.
This strikes me as insane. I’m in really good shape but at 39 I doubt I can hike at 3,000 meters for 11 hours with no sleep. And more importantly, I don’t want to. This isn’t an endurance test so what the hell is the point?
I am really worried that we are going to have people (mostly middle aged business types) dropping from exhaustion along the way. Most people can’t recognize their limits and say “I have gone about half of what I can do. I should return now.” Instead we will have people turning back when they feel exhausted. If they’ve already been hiking for 5-6 hours what are the chances they will be able to make it back to the start?
I am also concerned with the lack of professionalism among the guides. They should have insisted that the group does the hike in two days like normal.
Any comments. I really am reconsidering going on this hike. It sounds like there is going to be a lot of trouble and I hate trouble.