Saturday, September 18, 2010

Emei Mountain Conquered!

Naughty macaque that stole a milk package from Chinese tourists.
Macaques patrolling their turf between Leidong Ping and Jieyin Tai.
Following the abandoned monorail. Not for the faint hearted at 6 meter drops.
Paddy, Minna, Jari and one of our faithful construction workers engulfed in the bush.
Golden Summit with statue of Puxian (Samantabhadra) on his elephant.
Golden Summit from Wanfo Ding
Wando Ding summit (3099 m) with swirling clouds
Flat summit of Dawashan from Golden Summit
Clouds over the plains of Sichuan from Golden Summit

View from Wanfo Ding (10,000 Buddha Peak) past Qianfo Ding (1,000 Buddha Peak) over to Jinding (The Golden Summit). All images above ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

After 25 years and several trips to this mountain I finally "conquered" the highest peak of Emei: 3099 m Wanfo Ding! :-) A small triumph but great fun nonetheless, as the weather is usually so very fickle on the top. My last three trips were socked in with fog and even snow and ice! When we got to the top and found a couple of construction workers who knew the way we couldn't resist bushwhacking over to the far highest peak of Emei, something I have been wanting to do for years. Paddy and I and two Finnish friends Minna and Jari headed off along the path beside the abandoned Monorail. 22 meters of elevation (the difference between the Golden Summit and Wanfo Ding) made a difference and the view back onto Jinding was breathtaking. So now I have been on both "moth eyebrows"! What a day!

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