Thu, Oct 19, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Blind climbers set to scale nation's highest mountain

By Max Hirsch  /  STAFF REPORTER

On the ninth of next month, David Chang (張文彥) will lead 40 mountaineers from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, up the tallest peak in Southeast Asia -- Yushan (玉山).

Boasting sponsors such as The North Face and China Telecom, the 2006 Jade Mountain Climb for the Visually Impaired received top billing on Tuesday at a press conference in Taipei.

Although Chang and his fellow climbers are blind, that isn't stopping them from scaling the region's highest mountain.

"I have the utmost confidence that the Taiwan team will lead the pack," Chang said, adding that in previous climbs for the blind, "the Koreans and Japanese were unable to catch up."

David Chang said that he hoped he could "put Taiwan on the map" by showcasing his determination in ascending Yushan by foot.

"We've been training every day," Chang said, referring to his team's preparation for the climb.

Jogging daily on Yangming-shan (陽明山) and trekking up "practice peaks" constituted his training, Chang said.

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