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When climbing mountains in the summer, only by closely watching the weather to read the climate can you put your mind at ease

  • Last edited date:2016-08-01

When summer comes, the temperature steadily rises to new records on low lying land, driving people there into the mountains to escape the heat. However, in Taiwan, July-September is the most unstable season, and so it’s necessary to pay close attention to the climate before performing outdoor activities. Look out for thunder showers in the afternoon, the influence of frontal lows, and typhoons. Ultraviolet rays are also greater in high mountain areas than on level ground, so wear a lot of sunscreen and keep drinking water when climbing mountains, to avoid sunburn, heat exhaustion, and sunstroke. Therefore, understanding the climate and weather is essential homework to do before you go mountain climbing in the summer.

In addition, the exercise of mountain climbing in the summer takes a lot of energy and is a strain on your body if you spend a long time exposed to the sun. Prolonged sun exposure can make people lose salt and become dehydrated, causing cramp and sunstroke. Heat exhaustion is also very common. In serious cases this could even lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal. Do not overlook this. Nevertheless, even in July and August, mountains high above sea level can see the temperature drop at night to below 5ºC, so bringing cold weather clothing is equally important.

Shei-pa National Park Headquarters warns everyone who goes mountain climbing about the importance of gathering basic mountaineering information, including a comprehensive map, equipment, route information, eating plans, stamina training, and contingency plans in case of an emergency. According to the regulations, you must also apply for a permit to enter the park and mountains. Although the park got rid of the requirements of applying for a permit and embarking on a climb with a guide and three people in a group, in consideration of your safety, the headquarters still recommend that you climb in a group, and it is best to choose an experienced and trustworthy mountain guide. You should also check the weather forecast for the week in advance, and assess how changes in the weather could affect your group’s safety. Furthermore, the headquarters recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance according to the nature of your activities, in order to give yourself and your family one more guarantee.