A young couple recently shared their hike with their 3-year-old daughter on PTT, a local forum often called the Taiwanese Reddit, calling their journey to the top of Jade Mountain (Mt. Yushan) “a thing in their bucket list.”
The short story, however, drew public backlashes among netizens who argued that it was too dangerous to hike with such a young kid.
Yushan, standing at 3,952 meters above the sea level, is the highest peak in Taiwan.
Well, the parents said that they had hiked in more than ten national trails so far, such as Shihmenshan, Qixing Mountain and Hehuanshan with their little daughter. Besides, they thought their child is old enough to express her feelings.
After one month of training, they set off from Taipei and headed to Yushan trailhead in Nantou County even though the weather forecast showed lightings and rain sprinkles, the parents explained.
Along the way, they received praise for their courage but also warnings from other hikers; however, they insisted on continuing their journey and stuck with their plans, the parents added.
Other netizens said they admired the little girl’s courage.
Yet, many scolded the parents for their reckless behavior, saying “the poor kid can’t make her own decision.” Another said, “Giving birth to her doesn’t mean that you own her life.” A third person said: “You should think twice before you leap.”
Ahead of this controversial post, the mother also shared her hiking story to Facebook, saying that they only brought a commuter backpack for the hike.
Afterward, the Facebook post was reposted on PTT which triggered the public backlash. With little hiking experience in hiking, the parents risked their lives and the life of their child on this journey, netizens argued.