decided to climb up for a while because from the map reading, the river became
very narrow and the contour line was so dense. It was a smart decision.We saw
this beautiful canyon from the mid-slope of the mountain. We were sure the Japanese
team didn't see this canyon because they traversed way too high and nothing
was mentioned in their record. We would be in big trouble if we were down there.
a two pitch rappel. The first rappel started 60 degree, then vertical, and
then overhanging. I was cursing all the way down because my pack got stuck
several times. (Its a hassle trying to bushwhack while rappleing down.) We
were so lucky to find a small ledge for six of us to rest and hide from the
falling rocks. The rope got stuck 5 meters above us when we tried to pull
it down. Yang-Sheng went up and recovered the rope. This is the second rappel..Totally
a amazing creature of Mother Nature.. standing
there alone against the flow for hundred
of years. It looked smaller in the distance, but when we approached closer,
it was really big. Standing at the base of it, the rock merged into the
icy water, almost looked like a iceberg. The surroundings was unusually
unfamiliar, we all felt something was missing. Yes, the sound of water flowing
down was gone. It was extremely quiet. You can hear bird twittering in the
valley. The water was still, nothing was moving. You can see through it
down the bottom. it's about 5 meters deep. We were all stuned by what we
Min-Lin was the first guy swam across the
river. He pulled five of us over at the same time. We called it "
Locomotive". I was the last person and took this picture. The lovely
sunshine lied ahead. After shivering all morning, we all craved the
comfort of light and heat.
Five people plus five huge backpacks equal
very very heavy!
He stopped pulling and leaved us freezing
in the water. He was screeming " You guys were so heavy, let me
take a break! "Of couse we knew he did that purposely and threw
him in the water after we got there.
(his new nickname) is the youngest member in the team, but also a avid climber
and good swimmer. Regardless the freezing water, he jumped in, swam, climbed,
and pulled us over.
was diffucult to climb up when the water was pounding you and your body was
freezing. The more diffucult thing was trying
to haul the backpacks up againt the current.
we arrived here, it's around 3:30. We were stuck between a 40-meter pool and
this. We were lucky to find a small flat area for the night, and set up the
rope before dark. The first thing in the morning was jump into the icy water,
traverse this beautiful blue rock with Jumar