Taiwan By Storm

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A mountain bike adventure on an historic but decomposing trail to the summit of Neng Gao Shan in Taiwan. Story and photos by Lee Trumpore

At only 50 miles wide,Taiwan has more than 250 mountains above 3000 meters (9,800ft) many of which rise out of the ground at near vertical angles to form a spine running North to South for almost the full length of the island. Neng Gao Shan is number 60 on the list. And a trail once used by occupying Japanese armies to control local tribes now serves as the primary route to the top and across the surrounding peaks.

A midnight departure from Taipei with a few stops en route brought us to a remote trailhead at 4:30am. Bikes were built under headlamp and gear was traded between packs to spread out the load. With a 9 mile, thin air climb ahead of us we were counting every gram...

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  • phillemaistre

    1/29/2013 6:00 PM

    Epic adventure. Thanks for sharing!

  • cofattire

    1/22/2013 9:42 AM

    cool story, great pics!

  • currans

    1/22/2013 9:41 AM

    This site needs more like this! thanks Lee

  • mudrider36

    1/22/2013 5:51 AM

    Sweet trail! I just rode it this weekend. Perfect winter day 20C at the very top. Just past the hut is a monument for the Japanese power workers topping out at 9,600ft. before the trail drops off the other side all the way to the opposing coastline. Epic views!! Your construction workers were still at it, most of the bridge/walkway is completed...except for a guard/hand rail. Thanks for posting.

  • general lee

    1/22/2013 6:38 AM

    This past weekend would have been perfect. Got a few more big(er) mountain rides in the works, so if you're going to be in Taiwan for a bit feel free to hit me up.

  • Surfwax

    1/21/2013 9:08 PM

    More like this! Thanks, Lee.

  • piggybed

    1/21/2013 4:30 PM

    this is my country Taiwan! So beautiful, right? ^_−☆
    Thank you, Lee.

  • sideshow

    1/21/2013 12:47 PM

    That was a fantastic piece of fun photo/story sharing. A glimpse into a world much different than the one here in cold New England right now.

  • mp

    1/21/2013 7:57 AM

    Looks like a neat little adventure. I hope you do more of these!

  • WVdh44

    1/21/2013 5:28 AM

    Now that is mountain biking. This piece reminds me of the days when Bike Magazine got started and tread/retread videos, followed non- professionals riders through far away MTB adventures. Thanks for sharing.

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