River Trekking in Taiwan

I was browsing through our 2011 iPhoto gallery and noticed that I had not written about river trekking yet. During the summer I went river trekking, for the second time, while on a business trip in Taiwan.

River trekking is basically hiking/swimming/climbing up a rugged stream, and some sliding back downstream – see photos. This is a great way to get out and see the rugged Taiwan terrain, especially when it is hot. Not only do you work your way up the stream experiencing the beauty of the jungle, but you can also jump off rocks into deep pools, slide down natural chutes, and swim in the stream.

River trekking is very hard on your ankles, shins, and knees. You’re either walking/climbing on very slippery rocks or wading through the stream with surprises that you can’t see waiting to trip you up. This means you are always on the edge of twisting your ankle, banging your shins on hidden rocks under the water, or tweaking your knee as your feet slip around. While trekking you don’t think of the danger since you’re so focused on moving forward, all the obstacles just adding to the challenge.

I highly recommend river trekking as a fun outdoor activity. However, guided trips may only be possible in countries where lawsuits are uncommon.

Note: These photos were taken by the trekking guide, not by me.

One Response to “River Trekking in Taiwan”

  1. Marsha Says:

    Glad I wasn’t there, and very glad you got back in one piece. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

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