At a height of 3,952 meters, Jade Mountain is the highest mountain in Taiwan. It lies between Nantou County, Chiayi County and Kaohsiung City. The Tsou Aboriginal People call it “Pattonkuan” and, in the Japanese colonial era, it was called “Niitakayama” (New High Mountain) as it was taller even than Mountain Fuji in Japan itself.
Tsai Chien-an, of the Chiayi County Fire Department, made his first attempt to climb it 14 years ago. That time, he lost his way in the dark. At morning light the next morning he discovered that he had stumbled into a dangerous gravel slope. One careless move and he might find himself at the bottom of the gorge. Petrified by the experience, he swore never again.
That didn’t last long, however. To try to understand more about Jade Mountain and to improve his mountaineering skills, he plucked up the courage to go back, climbing to the summit six times in total. He only had good weather twice, but these did afford him wonderful high-elevation views of the mountains below. “Jade Mountain is majestic and mysterious; to get a good view, however, you do need a bit of luck,” said Tsai.
Photo: Yu Hsueh-lan, Liberty Times
Yu Ching-wen, a painter and also a volunteer fireman, painted Jade Mountain from photos Tsai had taken. He said, “Sometimes photos cannot fully capture the scene as we saw it, but sometimes this can be brought out in paint, to show something of the splendor of Jade Mountain.”
(Translated by Ethan Zhan)
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