The first recorded climb of Snow Mountain was in 1915 – it was then called Mt Silvia, and is now also spelled Syueshan, Shueshan and Xueshan. Since then this sublime peak (Taiwan's second highest) has attracted teams and solo hikers from all over the world. The trail, from the ranger station trailhead in Wuling to summit, is 10.9km and takes 9½ to 11½ hours to complete (one-way). The trail to the main peak is for the most part broad and clear, and requires mere fitness rather than any technical skill (unless you are going in winter).Because of the altitude gain, and the fact…