Woman dies while climbing Pintian Mountain in central Taiwan

A woman died on Sunday after allegedly beginning to suffer from hypothermia and acute mountain sickness (AMS) on Friday when her team was climbing Pintian Mountain in central Taiwan.

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A woman died on Sunday after allegedly beginning to suffer from hypothermia and acute mountain sickness on Friday when her team was climbing Pintian M

A woman died on Sunday after allegedly beginning to suffer from hypothermia and acute mountain sickness on Friday when her team was climbing Pintian M (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—A woman died on Sunday after allegedly beginning to suffer from hypothermia and acute mountain sickness (AMS) on Friday when her team was climbing Pintian Mountain in central Taiwan.

According to a news release issued by the Fire Bureau of Taichung City Government, the bureau received a report from Yilan County Fire Bureau on Friday night that 45-year-old woman surnamed Liang began to suffer from hypothermia, confusion, and symptoms suspected to be related to altitude sickness when she was climbing Pintian Mountain with 11 other team members on the same day.

Pintian Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The team leader and a male member stayed with Liang while other members continued hiking towards the summit, the Taichung fire bureau said, adding that the team began climbing the mountain via Wuling Farm in Taichung on Thursday.

The fire bureau responded by sending a rescue team immediately, and on Saturday morning, the rescue team caught up with Liang. The team moved her to ShinDa mountain shelter on Saturday afternoon, and called for a helicopter to airlift her out of the mountains for treatment, the bureau said. However, the helicopter assistance could not be carried out due to heavy rains in the mountains, according to the bureau.   

On Sunday morning, the rescue team carried Liang down the mountain by foot, and at 400 meters from the trailhead, the team noticed that she had lost vital signs. The team administered first aid to Liang and continued with the trip down the mountain, but she still died.     

Pintian Mountain, located on the border of Hsinchu County and Taichung City, is a part of Shei-Pa National Park. With an elevation of 3,524 m, Pintian Mountain is one of the 100 Peaks of Taiwan.

Pintian Mountain (Photo credit: Flickr by king.f)

There are 286 mountain summits over 3,000 meters above sea level on the island. Mountaineering is one of the most popular activities for many Taiwanese people. A list of 100 Peaks of Taiwan was created in 1971, which lists the one hundred mountains over 3,000 m for mountaineering on the island.