One of the things I will really miss after leaving Korea is the amazing hiking. Seoul is surrounded by mountains and much of the entire Korean peninsula is mountainous. Hiking here is way more intense than any other hiking I’ve done before. Pulling my self up a rock face with a rope and climbing steep stairs attached to a vertical rock wall were not things I had done before. It helped me to overcome my fear of hights a bit. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to do rock climbing. I think that is still a ways off though.
Here are a few of my hiking experiences:
My first hiking experience was at the start of winter (possibly our first week in Korea) with Victoria and Carolyn. Victoria took us up the mountain near where Victoria and Austin live, Gwanaksan It was raining when we started and snowing by the time we got to the “top” Because of the snow and fog we couldn’t see anything, but I could hear the chanting and drumming of the monks in a temple usually visible from where we were. It was a great introduction to hiking in Korea.
We were also Lucky enough to have a national park in our backyard and trail heads a 5 min. walk away. To see about our first hike up part of this mountain, you can see a previous post: https://heartnseoul.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/hike/
We hiked this mountain many times and once made it to the “top”. Daedongmun gate. Had to climb over some pretty precarious rocks to get there.
More from this mountain…
I was also lucky enough to take a wonderful hiking trip with the SHITY hikers (Sunday Hikers Interested in Trekking Yet again). I can’t believe I didn’t post about this when it happened! We took a bus down south and spend one afternoon on the beach, then the next day hiking. I was exhausted, but it was great!
We were also able to hike Dobongson with our good friends Bonnie and Andrew. Yet another great hike.
So all in all, hiking has been awesome. That is the basic gist of this post 🙂