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Taiwan Taipei Hiking Yangmingshan

8 March 2017

Coat day

Climbing Yangmingshan in the rain

The day has finally come, the day where I get to wear my $2 convenience store raincoat. A great day indeed.
I woke up and excitedly ran outside to see if it was raining, it was! But a bit of rain at street level is not going to test my coat, I need sideways freezing rain for that.
So I sprinted to the train, then bounded through puddles onto the bus, headed to Yangmingshan national park, a place I have been before, a place with volcanoes above the clouds, a place where $2 raincoats get to prove their merit.
The bus driver presented challenges, by yelling at me for no good reason. His bus said pay on boarding, so I go to pay, get yelled at, sit down, get yelled at some more. He was yelling at me for trying to pay whilst boarding, and then someone else boarded and the situation was repeated.
This is the man I am trusting to drive me up a mountain pass through volcanic gas.

Once off the bus, it was cold, and a bit rainy, but still, not coat worthy, I bounded up the path, heading deep into the cloud, and once I broke out of the trees it was finally time to take my coat out of its wrapper and celebrate my new found wind and water proofness.
The path itself was slippery, the summit was devoid of other humans, just me and my splendid coat and no one else to appreciate it, and then on the way down it was so slippery from a mixture of rain, moss and volcanic sulphur, that I slipped twice. But I am very happy to report the coat is fine!

Eventually I was back at a road, and I safely removed, folded and stored my coat, ready to be used on another day.

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Near the bus stop is this building under construction. Chinese people appreciate the spectacle of a giant windowless orb wedged into the side of a bui

Near the bus stop is this building under construction. Chinese people appreciate the spectacle of a giant windowless orb wedged into the side of a building.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - There is my mountain, the main peak is in the middle of the two peaks, on a clear day it forms the character of mountain.

There is my mountain, the main peak is in the middle of the two peaks, on a clear day it forms the character of mountain.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - The rivers run red with lava. Actually there is a lava panic on currently, as someone has declared that Taipei is sitting on a giant bubble of lava an

The rivers run red with lava. Actually there is a lava panic on currently, as someone has declared that Taipei is sitting on a giant bubble of lava and it could consume the city anytime now. A bit like the whole yellowstone conspiracy that comes back every couple of years.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Before the final ascent, you can appreciate the fine museum, all to yourself. Or perhaps its the Taiwanese parliament, I cant be sure.

Before the final ascent, you can appreciate the fine museum, all to yourself. Or perhaps its the Taiwanese parliament, I cant be sure.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - The path up is steps, all the way, no let up!

The path up is steps, all the way, no let up!


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Such a great view of cloud, I was starting to get damp at this point.

Such a great view of cloud, I was starting to get damp at this point.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - My final goal is around to the left in the cloud, really getting wet now.

My final goal is around to the left in the cloud, really getting wet now.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - And so it was finally time to put on my coat! Feel the awesome.

And so it was finally time to put on my coat! Feel the awesome.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Behold, the summit. I stood in the wind and rain enjoying my relative dryness.

Behold, the summit. I stood in the wind and rain enjoying my relative dryness.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Challenge accepted. Pose in the rain with my coat on. My camera got wet, all photos have water marks on them now. Actual marks made by water.

Challenge accepted. Pose in the rain with my coat on. My camera got wet, all photos have water marks on them now. Actual marks made by water.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - I had the whole summit to myself, no one was around to appreciate my coat.

I had the whole summit to myself, no one was around to appreciate my coat.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - The path down the other way was a sea of bamboo.

The path down the other way was a sea of bamboo.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Kind of below the cloud, a bit of a view opened up.

Kind of below the cloud, a bit of a view opened up.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - It was sometimes hard to tell what was cloud and what was deadly volcanic gas. I breathed in both.

It was sometimes hard to tell what was cloud and what was deadly volcanic gas. I breathed in both.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Nearly down now, probably the best photo from today, other than those of me with my coat on.

Nearly down now, probably the best photo from today, other than those of me with my coat on.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Bonus volcano. I stood in this exact spot a few years ago.

Bonus volcano. I stood in this exact spot a few years ago.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - A bit more gas and I am done.

A bit more gas and I am done.


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - To celebrate, me and my coat returned to the hotel via a grandma on the corner selling pies and pasties. The pie is 'meat' the pasty is leek and tofu.

To celebrate, me and my coat returned to the hotel via a grandma on the corner selling pies and pasties. The pie is 'meat' the pasty is leek and tofu. Both were delciously oily.


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