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Summiting Mt. Jade, Highest Mountain in Taiwan

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

I thought it would be impossible to watch the sunrise on the highest peak in Taiwan on October 30, 2015, back when I was 11 years old.

Dealing with "Adrenaline Rush"

My Dad and I, along with a group of experienced hikers, arrived at the starting point on the morning of October 29. We began our way up to the village, where all of us would be staying for the night. The trail wasn't too difficult as most of them were flat. Fast-forward to that night, my Dad and I bunked together in a cabin, we all fell sound asleep and at around 6pm.

We woke up at 2 the next morning. We began our way to the 12,966-foot peak in the dark with our headlights on. For the last few meters, I was frightened. We had to pass through a narrow trail that is only a foot wide. Although we had ropes to hang onto, I could've plummeted to my death if I took a wrong step at any moment - and I would miss the most amazing view on the highest point of Taiwan.

Soon, all of us went through that narrow trail without a problem. When the clock struck 6:01, the sun embraced all of us and congratulated our hard work.

Witnessing Tragedy & God's Power

After an hour, we began our way back to the mountain base. Not surprisingly, most of us were relieved to walk at a steady pace. When we were about 20 minutes away from the base, the person in front of me lost his balance and fell off the cliff on the left (this was actually true). I simply froze. It turned out that he was held by a branch and was fortunately rescued by the team leaders.

I believe God has been watching us for the entire trip. We respected nature in every way, and nature respected us too. I'm so glad that we payed off our hard work to earn ourselves a certification of completion. There was just no way that this trip wouldn't end on a high note.

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