By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–A 77-year-old Malaysian man died Wednesday, possibly from
hypothermia, in a mountain lodge where he stayed after an aborted ascent to Taiwan’s highest peak, the 3,952-meter Jade Mountain, Chiayi County Fire Bureau confirmed.
The man, Chaiock Foong, belonged to a mountaineering team of 31 members. They arrived on Monday at Paiyun Lodge (排雲山莊), located 3,402 meters above sea level on the west slope of the mountain’s main peak. They planned to climb to the top on Tuesday morning.
However, days of rain had made the route to the summit too treacherous, and the team was forced to abort the climb, firefighters said. [FULL STORY]