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2023 Guguan Seven Heroes, Outdoor Adventures in Taichung

Posted Date : 2023-02-17 1703
2023 Guguan Seven Heroes, Outdoor Adventures in Taichung
Activity Time
2023-01-01~2023-12-31

Event Announcement:

Announcement by the Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area Management Office under the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications:The Guguan Shaolai Trail will be closed for construction and repairs from 5th June 2023 to 30th November 2023.。
Due to the location of the Bojinjia Mountain trailhead on the Shaolai Trail, which is part of the Guguan Seven Heroes, climbers participating in the Guguan Seven Heroes certification activities are kindly advised not to climb Bojinjia Mountain during this period for safety reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 

Event Time:

Starting from June 20th, 2022, the certification process for the climbing event will adopt the 'inter-year system,' allowing retroactive recognition of climbs and completions from 2021. (This only applies to participants who have already certified their participation in the event through the online records of the designated app but have not yet completed the climb. Climbing photos from 2021 and earlier cannot be retroactively recognized. For more details, please refer to Q&A12.)

I. Event Schedule:

The application period for the 2023 Completion Certificate and the Paper Record of Results Form is from January 11, 2023, to December 31, 2023.

(Send the paper copy by mail to: Promotion Team of Guguan Seven Heroes, Rm. B, 2F., No. 302, Wenxin S. 3rd Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City 408, Taiwan. Phone: 04-3707-7218. For more details, please refer to Q&A5.)

II. Event Description:

During the event period, participants who download the“Fun in Taichung App” and visit the Guguan Seven Heroes event task page can complete the GPS task for the Guguan Seven Heroes (Baxian Mountain, Malun Mountain, Wuwowei Mountain, Bojinjia Mountain, Dongmao Mountain, Baimao Mountain, Donmadang Mountain). By going to the triangle point (elevation) of each mountain, activating GPS location, and clicking on the virtual badge, participants can accumulate records of completing all seven mountains. They are then eligible to apply for a certificate and a souvenir for completing the Guguan Seven Heroes. (Completion certificates, completion badges, and souvenirs will be sent out gradually, with the last batch of applicants receiving them by February 29, 2024).

*For climbers who are young or elderly without mobile phones, or for climbers using unsupported versions of the Fun in Taichung App, a paper results sheet is available for activity verification.Please download the results sheet now.(PDF)

III. Important Notes:

*Friendly reminder:Please ensure your safety while climbing the trail before using your phone to collect badges.

*If you cannot find the Guguan Seven Heroes section in the Fun in Taichung App, please update the app.Download link for iPhoneDownload link for Android.

*Any attempts to cheat or acquire badges through abnormal means will result in account suspension and disqualification from participation after review by the verification team.

IV. Guguan Seven Heroes - Complete the Climb

  1. When you reach the triangulation point (elevation) of the Guguan Seven Heroes, simply tap the "Get Badge" button corresponding to the mountain you are climbing for this mission. After descending the mountain, please click on "Synchronize Record" when you have a stable internet connection to ensure that your data is successfully uploaded to the server!

    • If the signal on the hill is not sufficient to obtain the badge, you can take a photo with the "triangulation point (elevation)" first. Then, when you have a smooth internet connection, click on the "Photo Review" function under "Get Badge" for the badge you are trying to acquire. A dedicated team will review the photo (usually takes 1-3 days). Once approved, you will receive the corresponding badge!
    • When uploading photos, please ensure that the climb date is marked. Photo requirements: Climbers should either enable the date function on their mobile phone/camera or hold a handwritten time board while taking a photo with the stakes at the summit. It is preferred to have individual photos, but if it is a group photo, please label those who have completed the climb. (The badges mentioned above are virtual badges. You will receive a physical badge for each round upon completing each climbing round).
  2. Rules for uploading photos:Climbers should take a photo with the stakes at the summit while enabling the date function on their mobile phone or camera, or holding a handwritten time board. Individual photos are preferred. If it's a group photo, please label the applicants who have completed the climb.

    • ✅Correct photo:
      It is essential to take a photo of the climber at the summit + the triangulation point + either the date stamp function enabled on your phone or a handwritten time pad.
      正確照片示意圖一 正確照片示意圖二
    • ❌ Incorrect photo:
      The following photo will not be certified.
      錯誤照片示意圖一 錯誤照片示意圖二 錯誤照片示意圖三
  3. Collecting all seven virtual badges allows you to apply for the completion of the climbing challenge online.

    Important reminder: Any attempts to cheat or acquire an unusual virtual badge will result in account suspension and disqualification from participation after review by the verification team.

     
    線上完登任務獎項一覽

  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽Completion Badges:The Completion of Climbing Badge comes in four levels: Butterfly, Swinhoe's Pheasant, Leopard Cat, and Taiwan Black Bear. These badges are intricately designed and adorable, waiting for you to collect!


  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽 Towel of Valor:The Towel of Valor is the perfect way to show respect for your hard-earned sweat.


  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽Guguan Seven Heroes Canvas Bag:Carry your memories of Guguan with you everywhere you go with the Guguan Seven Heroes Canvas Bag.


  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽 Flashlight:The compact and exquisite Guguan Seven Heroes engraved flashlight will light up your hiking journey.


  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽 Water Bottle:Stay hydrated with the cute and practical Guguan Seven Heroes water bottle, quenching your thirst along the way.


  • 線上完登任務獎項一覽Travel Pouch:A discreet touch of romance that will accompany you on your leisurely journey through Taichung.

V. Guguan Seven Heroes - Safety Briefing

Guguan Seven Heroes - Mountain Climbing Safety Course (limited spots available, register online until fully booked): Course Registration

谷關七雄登山安全講習課程

 

VI. Guguan Seven Heroes - Industry Alliance Offers::

谷關七雄_活動海報

Discounts on Outdoor Products

  1. ROCKLAND - Taichung Tsaowu Store

    Shop Info:https://www.facebook.com/RocklandTaiwan
    登山產業合作rockland

  2. AMOUTER Life - Outdoorsman - Taichung Store

    Shop Info:https://www.facebook.com/AMOUTERLife
    登山產業合作amouter

  3. ISPO+伊仕柏

    Shop Info:https://www.facebook.com/ISPOTW
    登山產業合作ISPO

  4. LA NEW

    Shop Info:https://lanew.tw/9HgJf

    谷關七雄_LA NEW

  5. sNug 給足呵護

    Shop Info:https://www.facebook.com/supersocks.supersocks
    谷關七雄_sNug

  6. 谷關泡湯優惠

    谷關七雄-谷關泡湯優惠

 

VII. Climbing Precautions:

1. Pre-trip:

"Guguan Seven Heroes" - The difficulty of climbing varies, with the shortest round trip taking about 4 hours and the longest requiring 9 to 10 hours. It is not your average hiking trail, as the terrain and landscape are diverse. Before attempting the climb, individuals should assess their physical fitness and consider weather conditions, avoiding any forced climbs.

Prior to the climb, it is crucial to be well-prepared with adequate equipment. It is recommended to prioritize lightweight and practical gear. Suggestions include bringing warm clothing, rain gear, water, snacks, maps, lighting devices, whistles, positioning and communication equipment (e.g., GPS, radio, mobile phone, satellite phone), and personal medication.

Climbers are advised to start early to avoid reaching the summit late when visibility may be poor and the trail may be difficult to discern, leading to potential disorientation.

Under no circumstances should climbers enter the mountain during an approaching typhoon or in the event of heavy rain or any other foreseeable weather changes.

2. During climbing:

The climbing group should not be too spread out and should maintain a responsive formation. Avoid climbing unmarked trails or creating new paths. Exercise caution when traversing dangerous and steep sections.

Pay special attention while walking on crumbling walls and scree slopes to prevent falls. Plan the descent time carefully, especially as darkness falls quickly in the mountains.

3. Emergency Response Measures in the Event of a Mountain Accident:

In the event of an unexpected accident, it is important to remain calm and avoid panic. Immediately dial 119 or 112 on your mobile phone to request assistance, or use a satellite phone to seek help. You can also utilize the emergency rescue channel 145.00 on a two-way radio for distress signals. Provide the rescue team with your precise location coordinates by using your mobile phone or referencing your map.

If someone is injured or becomes ill, administer basic first aid such as simple bandaging, immobilization, and applying pressure to stop bleeding. In the case of altitude sickness, ly descend to a lower altitude and prioritize keeping the affected individual warm to prevent hypothermia.

In the event of becoming lost during the climbing activity or encountering sudden adverse weather conditions, seek a secure shelter to protect yourself. Establish appropriate markers or signs to help rescue teams locate your stranded position ly.

4. To mitigate the risks associated with mountain climbing, the Maritime Port Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), encourages individuals engaging in mountain activities to equip themselves with satellite communication devices to facilitate search and rescue operations in case of emergencies:

To further reduce the risks of mountain climbing, the Maritime Port Bureau, MOTC, has established the "Radio Beacon Management Information System," which supports the use of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). Individuals involved in mountain activities are encouraged to utilize this system to send distress signals, notifying search and rescue units to initiate rescue operations. For more details, please visit the Maritime Port Bureau, MOTC's official website(https://beaconregistration.mtnet.gov.tw/RadioBeacon/index.do

 

VIII. Introduction to the Trail

八仙山

Baxian Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 6 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 1,337 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Uni-directional
• Character Traits: Ranked first among the Guguan Seven Heroes, Baxian Mountain is symbolized by the coniferous forest atop its summit.
Originally planned to be named "8000 Mountain" due to its altitude of approximately 8,000 Japanese feet (2,366 meters), it was later given the more elegant name of "Baxian Mountain." It is the foremost peak among the Guguan Seven Heroes. The round trip hike takes about 8 hours, with the first half of the trail being steeper, followed by a gentler slope along the ridge. The entire trail is shaded by the forest, transitioning from evergreen broad-leaved forest to a mixed coniferous forest with distinct seasonal changes in scenery.
馬崙山

Malun Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 7 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 1,254 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Uni-directional
• Character Traits: The Malun Mountain trail offers a wide and relaxing walk, providing a sense of ease.
Malun Mountain is an extension of BaiGu Mountain in the Snow Mountain Range. It is the second tallest peak among the Guguan Seven Heroes and a renowned intermediate-level mountain in central Taiwan. The section of the trail from 0K to 1.8K, as well as the branch leading to the Eight Mighty Warriors' sacred woods, used to be collectively known as the "Sihkeba Trail." It was once a hunting ground for the Atayal indigenous people and served as the wooden horse trail for the former Shinshan Forest. The path leading to Malun Mountain was initially constructed by the staff of the former Shinshan Branch to transport daily necessities. The Malun Mountain trail is adorned with Taiwan Red Pines, creating a soft and flexible pathway covered in pine needles and maple leaves. During autumn, the vibrant red leaves resemble a beautiful red carpet. When passing by the century-old Taiwan White Pine, one can enjoy the sound of pine waves crashing, accompanied by the refreshing scent of pine in the air. The trail features an observation platform that offers a splendid view of the Guguan area, showcasing the graceful curves of the surrounding mountains. It is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque trails in the Guguan region.
屋我尾山

Wuwowei Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 6.7 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 119 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Bi-directional
• Character Traits: Do you prefer the thrilling and exciting Liyang Route? Or the comfortable and charming Great Snowy Mountains Route? It's an angel, but also a little devil!
Wuwowei Mountain is situated on the north bank of Dajia Creek, ranking third among the Guguan Seven Heroes. The trail showcases a variety of environments, including rhododendron forests, dense windbreaks along the ridge, fir plantations, mixed needle and broadleaf forests, and heath oak forests. The forest floor is adorned with clusters of mushrooms on the moist fallen branches and leaf litter. On clear days, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the trail's vantage points.
波津加山

Pojinjia Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 3.2 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 958 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Uni-directional
• Character Traits: Pojinjia Mountain is a must-visit for those who want to experience the best of Guguan Hot Spring.
The Pojinjia Trail is located on the north bank of Dajia Creek and is ranked fourth among the Guguan Seven Heroes. It was formerly used as a maintenance road for the Taipower transmission line, and you can still see old wooden poles and steel cables lying alongside the forest path. The name "Pojinjia" is said to have originated from the steepness of the trail, with many hikers describing it as "truly steep" (a pun in the Southern Min dialect). With a height difference of about 1,000 meters, the entire trail is predominantly uphill, and the round trip takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.
東卯山

Dongmao Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 6.7 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 899 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Uni-directional
• Character Traits: Zigzagging gently uphill, the longest and most beautiful footpath is on Dongmao Mountain.
Dongmao Mountain, with an elevation of 1,692 meters, ranks fifth among the Guguan Seven Heroes. It was originally a maintenance trail for Taipower. The route offers stunning scenery and diverse ecological resources. The trail ascends gradually in a zigzag pattern, providing a wide and easily navigable path, making it a mountain that is easily approachable. At the summit, there is a spacious area with large microwave reflectors. The panoramic view is breathtaking, offering a 360-degree view of the landscape. On a clear day, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Songhe tribe, as well as the mountain ranges of Yuanzui, Shaolai, Malun Mountain, Baxian Mountain Ridge, and Donmadang Mountain.
白毛山

Baimao Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 2.3 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 609 meters
• Trail Type: Linear, Uni-directional
• Character Traits: A stunningly expansive overlook, the popular Bailu Suspension Bridge is located on Baimao Mountain.
Baimao Mountain is situated on the southern shore of Dajia Creek and is the sixth among the Guguan Seven Heroes. With a trig point height of approximately 1,522 meters, it offers a rare panoramic view among the Guguan Seven Heroes. Baimao Mountain is primarily covered by broad-leaved secondary forests, along with extensive areas of planted willow trees. The dense vegetation attracts a variety of large mammals and birds in search of food. The trail features several steep terrains. From the crumbling ground near the trig point, you can overlook Dajia Creek, Guguan Monastery, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Dongmao Mountain and Tonmadang Mountain. At the summit, there is a wooden pavilion where you can rest and relax.
唐麻丹山

Tonmadang Mountain

• Total Length of Trail: 5.4 kilometers
• Elevation Difference: 655 meters
• Trail Type: Circular Loop
• Character Traits: The only trail with a waterfall view, where friendly butterfly fairies welcome you!
The Tonmadang Mountain trail is located on the south bank of Dajia Creek and is the last of the Guguan Seven Heroes. Although it has the lowest elevation among the Guguan Seven Heroes, with a height difference of over 650 meters from the trailhead to the summit, it still offers a challenging route. The trailhead for Tonmadang Mountain is at the entrance of the Leng tribe, and from the summit, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Guguan Seven Heroes. To the east, you can see Baxian Mountain and Malun Mountain, while to the west, there are Baimao Mountain and A-leng Mountain. Looking north, you can admire the distant views of Dongmao Mountain and Wuwowei Mountain. Along the way to the summit, there is a side trail that leads to the Butterfly Valley waterfall. Depending on your physical condition and available time, you can choose whether or not to visit this scenic spot. The Tonmadang Mountain trail is the only trail among the Guguan Seven Heroes that offers a waterfall view.
 

IX. Q&A

1. What are the Guguan Seven Heroes?

The Guguan Seven Heroes consist of Baxian Mountain, Malun Mountain, Wuwowei Mountain, Pojinjia Mountain, Dongmao Mountain, Baimao Mountain, and Tonmadang Mountain.

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2. How to participate in the 2023 Guguan Seven Heroes, Outdoor Taichung activities?

Steps to participate:

(1) Download the Play in Taichung App, go to the "Guguan Seven Heroes Mission 1" activity page, and log in to your account.

(2) Climb the Guguan Seven Heroes and when you reach the trig point of each mountain, activate your GPS and go to the activity page to that you have obtained the virtual badge.

(3) After collecting the virtual badges for all 7 mountains, fill out the questionnaire and apply for completion.

(4) Whether you have completed the climb of any individual mountain or all the seven mountains, you can present your electronic badge to participating vendors to enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits.

 

3. When does the event take place?

The event takes place from now until December 31, 2023. During this period, participants can apply for completion after climbing any of the Guguan Seven Heroes. If you have earned a virtual badge this year but have not yet completed the designated goal, you can continue your progress and complete it next year.

 

4. When can I receive my physical completion certificate, completion badge, and souvenir?

The physical completion certificate, completion badge, and souvenir will be sent out gradually. For the last batch of applicants, they will be sent out by February 29, 2024.

 

5. If I have completed the Guguan Seven Heroes, but I don't have a smartphone, how can I participate in this event?

Please visit the Guguan Seven Heroes activity page on the Taichung Tourism website and download the Guguan Seven Heroes results record form provided at the bottom of the page (see attachment). Paste your photos onto this form as instructed. The photo requirements state that climbers should either GPS the date function on their mobile phone/camera or hold a handwritten time board while taking a photo with the stake at the summit elevation. After pasting the photo on the results sheet, please mail it to the following address: Rm. B, 2F., No.302, Wenxin S. 3rd Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City 408, Attention: Promotion Team for the Guguan Seven Heroes (04-3707-7218). Once the staff have ed that the information is correct, your application for the Guguan Seven Heroes certificate will be considered complete.

Please note that participants who submit a paper application will not be eligible for the limited edition bonus prizes for the first 100 applicants on Task 2. However, they will still receive a completion certificate, a completion badge, and a souvenir gift.

 

6. If I want to climb specific mountains, can I apply partially online and partially on paper?

Please submit a single application. Online applications are recommended as a priority.

 

7. If I want to climb specific mountains, can I upload photos for some parts of my application and use GPS for other parts?

application and use GPS for other parts? Yes, as long as you are within the range of the trig point setting, the badge will be automatically obtained through GPS application. If you are unable to obtain the badge automatically due to personal reasons, you can upload photos to apply for completing the Guguan Seven Heroes when you have internet access. All applications are done online through the app.

 

8. If I don't have internet access, can I still use GPS to complete the task?

Yes, GPS is a satellite positioning system, so you can collect virtual badges from the mountains even without internet access.

Please note! Please make sure to download the Fun in Taichung APP and complete the member login before you go, as you will need internet access to do so.

 

9. What should I do if I have turned on my GPS but still cannot collect the virtual badge for the mountain?

Please follow the steps displayed on the system and upload a photo of yourself with the stake at the summit to the designated area of the app. Once the photo is approved, the electronic badge for that mountain will be sent to you, ing your completion of the climb.

Photo requirements: Climbers should ensure that the date function on their mobile phone/camera is activated or hold a handwritten time board while taking a photo with the stake at the summit. Individual photos are preferred, but if a group photo is submitted, please indicate the individual who has completed the climb for easier review by the system. (Please refer to point 4, item 2 of these instructions for more details.)

 

10. Can climbs recorded in 2023 be carried over to the next year for climbers to continue completing the activities of Guguan Seven Heroes?

Yes, as long as the same account is used to log into the Fun in Taichung App, the results will be automatically carried over across the years.

 

11. If I have completed the Guguan Seven Heroes in 2021 and complete the activity again in 2022, can I apply for a new set of badges?

As the "inter-year system" is implemented starting this year, if you have completed the Guguan Seven Heroes certification in 2021 and continue to complete the task in 2022, the system will automatically recognize that you have completed two rounds of climbing and will not issue another set of certification.

 

12. If I didn't apply for certification in 2021, can I apply for certification this year?

No, the climbing period for this year is from June 20 to December 31, 2022. The event has announced the retrospective recognition of climbs in 2021, but it is only applicable to those who have already received certification for their participation in the event in 2021. Climbing photos from 2021 (and earlier) cannot be retrospectively recognized.



Remarks (Explanations)
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  • The organizers reserve the right to modify, change, interpret, and terminate this event. For any other matters not covered, they shall be handled in accordance with the relevant regulations or interpretations of the organizers. The information on the log sheet shall be solely for the use of this event and shall comply with the relevant regulations of personal data laws.
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  • *For young and elderly climbers without smartphones or for users whose phone versions do not support the Fun in Taichung app, you can use a paper results record sheet for activity verification:Download the results record sheet now.
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  • The organizer reserves the right to reject any task that does not meet the requirements of "badge acquisition," "photo upload," or has been ed to be taken outside the event period!
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    1. For more information, please contact the Heping District Mountaineering Promotion Team at: 04-3707-7218.
      Line:@344irthb
      Service Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00, 13:30-18:00 (Closed on national holidays and consecutive holidays).
    2. Fire Bureau of Taichung City GovernmentIntermediate Mountain Climbing Safety Reference for the Guguan Seven Heroes.
    3. Hiking Trail Status Check:Taiwan Forest Recreation Website
    4. Guguan Seven Heroes - Mountaineering Safety Course:Course Registration
    5. 2022 Guguan Seven Heroes - Slow Travel Taichung: Mountain Safety Lecture Highlights

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