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2011 National Mountaineering Conference – Carrying out Field Education and Building a Comprehensive Information Platform
Publish Date:2011-11-14

Taiwan has a mountainous terrain, with 76 mountains 3,000 m and higher above sea level distributed in its national parks. Taiwan is also adorned with various rugged landscapes like volcanic terrains, glacial remains and magnificent canyons. In recent years the famous mountains around Taiwan have become popular spots for outdoor excursions. Yangmingshan, Guanwushan and Daishueishan are mountains close to urban centers, easily accessible during weekends. However, the increasing popularity of mountain sports also means that similar attention must be paid to raising people’s basic knowledge of mountain climbing and safety management.

The magnificent and diverse mountain terrains of Taiwan
The magnificent and diverse mountain terrains
of Taiwan.
Helipads built inside national parks allow access during medical emergencies or major disasters.
Helipads built inside national parks allow
access during medical emergencies or major
disasters.

The 2011 National Mountaineering Conference, hosted by the Yushan Park National Headquarters, is based on the themes of “Comprehensive Mountaineering Management, Service and Education.” There is also a mountaineering historical exhibition until November 8th, presenting the evolution of mountaineering in Taiwan over the past 100 years.

Strengthening mountaineering safety education is an obligation

The majority of mountain disasters in Taiwan are either concentrated during snow and typhoon seasons, or take place in mountains with steep terrains. The major cause of diasasters is inadequate knowledge or basic training. As such, the Construction and Planning Agency wanted relevant organizations to develop an electronic comprehensive mountaineering information platform and make it available for the convenience of the general public.

Solidify training of mountain guides

Mountain guides are the key individuals in mountain education and activities. A physically fit, knowledgeable guide experienced in high altitude survival and climbing techniques, in addition to well-informed climbers, will greatly reduce the chance of a mountain accident.

Love mountains, start from school education

It is recommended that one develop the correct attitude and appreciation of mountains from school education. One can gain enough experience by joining mountain clubs or similar activities in college. Only by becoming knowledgeable about mountains and the wilderness can people enjoy safer mountain activities.

The 2011 National Mountaineering Conference was hosted by the Yushan National Park Headquarters (Photo by YNPH)
The 2011 National Mountaineering Conference
was hosted by the Yushan National Park
Headquarters. (Photo by YNPH)
最後舉行交接儀式,由玉山國家公園管理處交棒給 明年的主辦單位林務局(圖片由玉山國家公園管理處提供)
The handover ceremony at the end of the
conference. Next year’s conference will be
hosted by the Forestry Bureau.

Integrate comprehensive services to ensure safer mountain activities

The Construction and Planning Bureau hoped to integrate private resources to set up an extensive mountain disaster rescue mechanism in the future. Legislator Chiu Chin Tien hoped that related laws could be amended to improve rescue service quality; Dr. An-Shi Cheng proposed “Wilderness Education” to increase knowledge and skills about mountaineering and outdoor activities.

Respect the mountains and help create a quality mountaineering environment

“Be humble when climbing high; be prepared when going far”. Let’s work together toward building a quality mountaineering environment by learning about climbing techniques, safety knowledge and environmental ethics!

Last Updated on 2011-11-14
 
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