Well we finally got out for a walk on both Saturday and Sunday this week, and got in some pretty memorable hiking, despite the so-so weather. Hoping for better weather next weekend (Saturday is looking hopeful). I’ve attached a few photos from the hikes we did to this post. More to come when I get round to writing the various Blog posts.
Next Saturday’s plan (November 6th) is for a tough hike on the Northeast Coast: Shitikeng Old Trail. I covered it already on the blog when four of us from the group hiked it back on a beautiful hot day in June (for info see http://taiwandiscovery.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/mount-nanzhilin-ridge-and-shitikeng-old-trail/) . This is one of the most STRENUOUS hikes in the book, so please only consider coming if you’re used to rough hiking up overgrown hillsides with lots of short but very steep climbs, and a couple of rocky bits. We need fairly good weather for this, so if it isn’t cooperating, we’ll switch to the less taxing (but still exciting!) Banping and Teapot Mountains. If however the Northeast Coast is really not the place to be on Saturday, we’ll have to pick something further inland.
Sunday (November 7th), the plan is once again to try yet again for the Stone Bamboo Shoot hike ; we didn’t even attempt it last weekend. There’s already plenty of info up below about this oft-postponed hike, so nothing more here, except to state it’s also NOT an easy hike. Much easier than Shitikeng, but still confidence on easyish rocky terrain and steep slopes is required.
We only had three hikers in all interested in coming last week, which was understandable, considering the weather wasn’t looking great. The forecast so far is better for this weekend, so hoping to see more faces!