Jirisan – The Descent

Descending Jirisan is no simple task.  After relaxing on the peak for nearly an hour and seeing a helicopter rescue we finally decided to get moving.  Before we actually climbed down we had a few kilometers of trail to cover on the ridgeline.

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Traveling among the clouds we enjoyed the youthgiving mountain air and stunning views. To the horizon and beyond all you could see were mountains and valleys.  Although Spring was blooming below it was oddly dead at this altitude.

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The ridgeline’s steady downgrade only had a few uphills thrown in.  It made for a wonderful stroll before we got to the first shelter.  While there we had a chance to refill our water, sit in the shade and enjoy a few “choco pies” from the quartermaster.  Silly me only brought a giant bag of trail-mix thinking I’d be able to pick up gimbap along the way.  I devoured a few of these snacks before beginning the real descent and seeing my first greenery of the day.

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Steps after steps; for some reason we forgot that 1900+ meters up also meant 1900+ meters down:(    At least there was a babbling brook to follow.  By now all the animals of the forest had woken up and birds and insects joined the river’s beautiful symphony!

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Playing with my tripod & long exposures

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Playing with my tripod & long exposures

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Playing with my tripod & long exposures

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Seoraksan National Park: a sneak peak of Dinosaur Ridge

This weekend’s trip to Seoraksan National Park was so fantastic I had to share a Dinosaur Ridge panorama from the peak! Well, we just got back to Seoul and I can’t thank Warren, Breanne, Tom & Ashley enough for organizing such a phenomenal adventure.  Dino Ridge may have just become my favorite in Korea thus far and I know I’ll be back in Seoraksan.  Enjoy this sneak peak of our 3am hike covering roughly 22km and hundreds of vertical meters along Dinosaur Ridge before a crazy beach bonfire!

 

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