By George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–A rescue team set out on Thursday for a mission to search and rescue a
mountaineer who became trapped in high mountains with a broken leg and no food to eat after a 30-day expedition of hiking alone through a treacherous area in the Central Mountains in northeastern Taiwan.
The mountaineer surnamed Lee had been hiking from a giant rock, which is said to be a sacred place for the Atayal tribe, near the border of Nantou County and Hualien County, towards a deserted Japanese-built logging railway station called Ha-Lun (哈崙) in the deep mountains of Hualien County, according to a rescuer nicknamed “Snow Ram.” The route cuts through a densely vegetated and rarely visited area and there is no trail to follow, Snow Ram said, adding that it is sheer adventure.
Lee has the experience of completing a 47-day Central Mountain Range expedition; this time, even though he brought a GPS device with him, it was washed away by floods as he encountered days of torrential rains during this trip, according to Snow Ram. [FULL STORY]