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Shei-Pa National Park’s (SPNP) snow-season climbing ban for the first half of 2015 is partially lifted as of April 1st and resumes the regular-season entry permission policy. With some sections of the trails still blocked by snow or ice accumulation, SPNP personnel will continue to carry out checks on climbers’ snow and ice gear. Currently, Shengling Trail is only open to groups of at least 2 persons. Solo climbing is now temporary open for all other trails. Given the continual snowfalls at high altitudes due to the recent unpredictable weather, as well as the great temperature difference between day and night, making hiking trails ice-prone and slippery, mountain climbers are reminded to be properly equipped with snow gear to ensure personal safety.

To safeguard visitors’ safety during the snowy season, SPNP implemented a climbing ban from January 1st through March 31st, 2015, where entrance permits were issued only to multiple-member teams with the required snow-climbing experience and equipment. Although the regular-season entry permission policy has been resumed on April 1st, some SPNP trails remain icy and snow-covered due to the unpredictable mountain weather and nighttime temperature drop. The cold front that brought snowfall between Mt. Xue’s main peak and cirque on March 26th also resulted in snow of up to 50 cm deep in the cirque area, causing certain sections of the trails to only be accessible with proper snow and ice gear such as ice claw, axe/stick and helmet. Consequently, SPNP personnel will continue to carry out on-site inspection of climbers’ snow/ice gear. Those who have already been granted Park access, but are insufficiently equipped, will be prohibited from entering snow-covered or icy sections. Your cooperation is highly appreciated.

Lifted at the same time are the prohibition of accessing Shengling Trail and the prohibition of solo entry for the Conservation Area during the snow control season. However, considering the higher level of difficulty and danger of the Shengling Trail, which passes through 1 to 2 cliffs, entry is currently open only to groups of at least 2 persons after April 1st. Climbers are required to carry climbing ropes for safety purpose. For solo climbers who were previously granted entrance permit, the permit will be revoked accordingly.

Those planning to visit SPNP in the near future must be equipped in preparation for the treacherous mountain weather and trail conditions and, more importantly, pack safety tools (ropes, etc.) if you are planning to take the Shengling Trail or other routes featuring cliffs and collapsing rock walls. To avoid accidents, inexperienced or ill-equipped climbers shall stop moving beyond trails blocked by snow and ice or other hazardous trail sections. SPNP is also intending to classify and manage the trails according to their level of danger and difficulty, in order to reduce casualties while bolstering mountain safety.