Sunday, February 24, 2013
Happy Hiking Seoraksan (초): Ulsanbawi
After more than one year of not doing anything about my Korea travelogue, and one day stumble upon this old picture of a tree in Seoraksan, I decided to revive the memory by continuing on to the Seoraksan National Park write up.
There were only three of us, Jess, Marcus and me. Effy was down with knee injury, and hiking is simply not MK's thing. Therefore they decided to stay at the youth hostel to rot away.
Armed with nothing more than a thin layer of T-shirt, shorts and a pair of jogging shoes, we began the hike. Too reckless. We saw the locals were at least still dressed with sweater.
It was not really difficult for the walk up to Ulsanbawi. The scenery was filled with all the Zen-ness and serene of the Far East. Not until we reached the Ulsanbawi rocky area, where the inclination suddenly increased to a point that any step being taken wrongly we would slide and permanently disabled, that we felt the vertigo swirling within. Of course, not forgetting to take a break, and take a picture with the buddies before heading up to the peak.
After another 30 minutes or 1 hour of steep climbings, through narrow staircase seemed to be precariously built on the rock, we arrived at the peak. The clouds were so thick at that time that we felt some drizzles. Bad ideas to wear like summer here. Luckily it did not rain.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in a hike to Seoraksan. This was totally the Asian experience I sought after in Japan and Korea!