為何開拓「縱嶺步道」？ Why develop the Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail?
The Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail is being developed (1) to increase Taiwan’s visibility as a globally recognized mountaineering destination, (2) to contribute to a network of well maintained trails that are safer and more environmentally sustainable than poorly maintained ones, and (3) to provide opportunities for self-sufficient, long-distance mountaineering excursions that bring about positive physical, mental, and spiritual impacts on the local and international population.
是否有人造訪過整條「縱嶺步道」？ Has anyone ever completed the entire Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail?
As of today, nobody has completed the entire route from start to finish on a single expedition. However, all of the segments are made up of existing trails that people have hiked before.
是否有人造訪過類似路線？ Has anyone ever completed similar routes?
There are various mountaineering parties that have completed north-to-south long-distance routes. However, these routes differ from the Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail in that they have not involved the complete route from the northernmost to southernmost tip of the island, have not always followed high mountain ridges, and have involved walking along roads for significant distances. In 2003, one incomplete but relevant north-to-south route took fifty days to complete, and another in 2007 took seventy-nine days to complete.
走完整條路線的難度為何？ How hard would it be to complete the entire route?
Very hard. Even experienced minimalist mountaineers and expedition runners will encounter challenging segments along the trail. In particular, overgrown and poorly marked segments, inclement weather conditions, and relatively few places to resupply will challenge anyone who attempts the entire route—or even shorter parts of it.
「縱嶺步道」的路況如何？ In what condition is the Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail?
Some sections, such as the ones passing through national parks, are in great condition. Others can require basic orienteering and bushwhacking skills to pass through.
可否協助開拓「縱嶺步道」？ Can I help make the Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail a reality?
Absolutely. Everyone is welcome. The Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail’s current level of development is the result of tens of thousands of hours of effort and generous investment of resources by volunteers and other mountaineers who believe in making this dream come true. Even so, it still needs even more human and financial resource contributions to be completed. There are two basic ways to contribute: (1) scout, document, and maintain parts of the route and (2) donate money to the cause. If you want to make history and build something incredible for generations to come, join us today on our quest to complete the development of the Taiwan Peak-to-Peak Trail.