Nenggau trail - second time unsuccessful
Apr 01, 2008
Where I stayed
Tea Farm near Nenggau trail - http://www.mtea.com.tw
Here we try again - 3 days in the hut run by National Forest Bureau on Nenggau trail. Last year we had tried earlier in the year and had to give up due to 2 days of continued heavy rain. This time it shall be a walk in sunny weather with sitting outside the hut in the grass reading and in the night watching the countless stars. So far for the plan and dream. First day we plan to walk from the tea/flower farm we know from previous year to the hut run by the Forest Bureau ( 14 km entrance to hut - plus 3.5km from farm/altitude 2.000m to 2.800m ).Second day we plan to continue the trail as far as we can to the East direction Hualien and back to hut - is is not possible to cross all the way as the trail on the Hualien side is destroyed. Third day we intend to walk two mountains, including Chilai Nan ( South ) mountain. Fourth day back and home to Taipei. So far the plan and dream - until reality set in: After 2 weeks of beautiful weather it begins to rain, light at first, stronger then before turning into a downpour with strong wind gusts so that the rain is whipped horizontally. On our way up all hikers ( 8 ) and the man who runs the hut come down the mountain. At about km 9 we also decide to give up ( second time under very similar condition ) and also return. On the way back we catch up with the other groups. Close to the trail exit we suddenly hear a sound with canon thunder - we see a rock of about 50cm rolling and jumping down the slope, just after the group has past the respective spot and before we will have to pass it.