Taiwanese climbing instructor and mountain rescue volunteer Chan Chiao Yu (詹乔愉)
2015 Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan) Ala Archa (Ala Archa), reaching the top of Ratsek peak. Suffered injury, rescued
May 16, 2018, Taiwan’s first female climbed the world’s fourth highest peak Lhotse (8516m).
September 28, 2018, Taiwan’s first woman climbed the Manaslu Peak (8163m), the eighth highest peak in the world.
May 15, 2019, Taiwan’s first woman climbed Makalu Peak (8485m), the fifth highest peak in the world.
May 27, 2019, Taiwan’s second woman climbed the world’s highest peak Everest (8848m)
The video is a documentation of Chan Chiao Yu climbing Mt Qilai in central Taiwan with a filming team whose objective was not just to capture the beauty of Qilai but also to have a heart to heart conversation with Miss Chan.
The team stayed for days at high camp and headed for the often icy summit several times over several days, waiting for good weather. While we may admire the tenacity of mountain climbers, Chan is brutally honest in confessing that the transient problems faced on mountains are a lot simpler than the problems faced at home. Are mountaineers heroes or are they really escapists? Perhaps we shouldn’t pretend to be able to give advice to people on how to lead better lives just because we can climb mountains. Perhaps we should just treat the activity as a form of therapy just for ourselves. It makes us happy and better able to face the issues in real life in the real world below. It may not be the right prescription for everyone.
This is an truthful and personal documentation of this young woman who is already a legend at such a young age.