Government to grant last wish of famed climber

LEGACY:Yang Nan-chun’s passion for researching Taiwan’s ancient trails was remembered at a seminar in Taipei yesterday on the anniversary of his death

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 28, 2017
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

Aboriginal ruins in Taitung County’s Dawu Township (大武) are to be preserved in

Yang Nan-chun, right, poses with his wife, Hsu Ju-lin, during a hike on Hehuanshan in June last year. Photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau

accordance with famed mountaineer Yang Nan-chun’s (楊南郡) last wish, Forestry Bureau Director-General Lin Hua-ching (林華慶) said yesterday.

Yang, who was the nation’s leading expert on ancient mountain trails and spent years researching Aboriginal trails, was born in 1931 and died of cancer on Aug. 27 last year at age 86.

“The bureau in 2001 began to map mountain trails nationwide, 700km of which we have indexed to date. Without Yang’s contributions, the trails would simply be skeletons devoid of life,” Lin told a seminar in Taipei that was held to commemorate the legendary mountain climber and researcher on the first anniversary of his death.

Preserving the ruins in Dawu was Yang’s last wish and the bureau has been collecting information on the site since last year, Lin added.

Yang and his wife, Hsu Ju-lin (徐如林), were inseparable as they researched the island’s mountain trails    [FULL  STORY]

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