For those of you who are still unclear of what exactly river tracing is, take a look.
This past Sunday we went to Sha Li Hsian River in Nantou Count. River tracing usually starts off pretty flat.
We came across a camp after about an hour of trekking. It was abandoned so we went to have a look at their gear. It felt very tribal. Like we were invading another tribes territory and were checking our surroundings.
Not far from the camp we ran into the group whose it was. A school group of about 20 (high school or university, I honestly couldn’t tell) students. When we met them we also met our first gorge.
As the trekking became more difficult and the water got colder the river got more and more beautiful.
We did some climbing.
We stopped to put on extra gears.
After lunch we followed the river to another gorge until we couldn’t find a way past the waterfall.
The only downfall of river tracing is the wet coldness that cuts you right to the bone. Even though it was a warm day and we were wearing wetsuits we were freezing by the time we turned around.
Having cold as a motivating factor made the trip back to the car a lot faster than the way out.