Straight Up a Mountain: Gaoligongshan

Our last major hike in China is our most intense: Gaoligongshan, straight up a mountain and back down the other side. It’s a through hike with our packs on, and the elevation will be above 10,000 feet. The trail is a section of the old Southern Silk Road, paved in 400 B.C. It was the site of some fighting between Japan and China in World War II.

The way to Gaoligongshan’s trailhead is an adventure in its own right. Ert has booked a taxi, which shows up as scheduled at 7am on the dot. The five of us pile into the sedan with the driver, and we’re off in the gray…