Mt. Jiri 2019-01

by Ho Kim February. 06, 2019 561 views

We did not have snow fall - almost none - in this winter. I missed it very much. I expected some snow in this hiking to Mt.Jiri but I could rarely find any during ascend. Just cloud of dry soil from every foot step. We believe every mountain has its own master, kind of a god or goddess. Jiri mountain is believed to be under the control of 'granny Margo'. I prayed to her 'give me some snow. I don't want a heavy snow fall but that around ankle's deep should be just fine with me, please'.

To my surprise she gave me a heavy snow fall, not just snow fall during night but a snow storm all through the morning. Walking through the snow storm was quite an experience that I did enjoy. Though it was even hard to breathe due to flakes of snow hitting my face, I felt happy walking through the white snow storm. Lens got covered with frozen snow and moisture and I had to clean it on and on, so I do not have many pictures as I used to do on that trail. It did not allow me to see far but only 30 meters away but it was just enough for me to feel what it is like to be in the snow.

(You have to make it very sure that the camera is as cold as it is outside. Otherwise it will get foggy or gather moisture on the lens surface to be frozen. It's horrible to remove.)

The first gate to the temple. We have lots of temples in mountains or at the foot of them. Very often we've got to pass through the temples to start hiking.

The first gate to the temple. We have lots of temples in mountains or at the foot of them. Very often we've got to pass through the temples to start hiking.

A view of the neighboring mountain just after the most-demanding climb of the trail.

A view of the neighboring mountain just after the most-demanding climb of the trail.

A habitat of dwarf bamboos. I guess just like most of bamboos, we cannot say there are so many bamboo trees, since actually all those are a single tree, they are connected together.

A habitat of dwarf bamboos. I guess just like most of bamboos, we cannot say there are so many bamboo trees, since actually all those are a single tree, they are connected together.

A habitat of dwarf bamboos. I guess just like most of bamboo, we cannot say there are so many bamboo trees but actually all those are a single tree, they are connected together.

A habitat of dwarf bamboos. I guess just like most of bamboo, we cannot say there are so many bamboo trees but actually all those are a single tree, they are connected together.

A humble dinner, a pot of pasta and a cup of kelp soup.

A humble dinner, a pot of pasta and a cup of kelp soup.

7:30 in the morning. It used to command quite an amazing view up to several 10km's away here but it did one only to the neighboring peak.

7:30 in the morning. It used to command quite an amazing view up to several 10km's away here but it did one only to the neighboring peak.

I had to take a shelter under this tree to clean up the lens. Lens got covered with frozen snow and it failed to auto-focus. It was quite a snow storm.

I had to take a shelter under this tree to clean up the lens. Lens got covered with frozen snow and it failed to auto-focus. It was quite a snow storm.

Blizzard gives natural foggy filter effect.

Blizzard gives natural foggy filter effect.

The pine pins with frost. I don't think snow could get on them due to strong wind. It must be frost.

The pine pins with frost. I don't think snow could get on them due to strong wind. It must be frost.

I could have got a stunning view of a heavy rocky mountain standing in the back ground, had it not been for the snow storm. Nothing but a haze...but it gave me rather warm mood (actually it was fierce and cold)

I could have got a stunning view of a heavy rocky mountain standing in the back ground, had it not been for the snow storm. Nothing but a haze...but it gave me rather warm mood (actually it was fierce and cold)

A stone is standing at the very peak of the mountain saying "the king of the heaven"

A stone is standing at the very peak of the mountain saying "the king of the heaven"

Descend. On my way down I turned around to check what's following behind me to have my nose hit the step stones to bleed... of course it's a joke only to tell how steep it is. :)

Descend. On my way down I turned around to check what's following behind me to have my nose hit the step stones to bleed... of course it's a joke only to tell how steep it is. :)

End of descend. On the way to the bus station.

End of descend. On the way to the bus station.

Waiting for the bus...

Waiting for the bus...

It was a dramatic hiking to experience the quick change of weather but I was not the end of it... it continued on the next day on which I headed to another mountain, Mt. Gaya.

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Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey you have to be more careful with your wishes and prayers! smileSeems that granny Margo has problems to get her power under control. grin Again wonderful photos. I really admire, that you climb the mountains with all this gear. How many kilos did you carry up to the summit ?

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Ho Kim Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Heike. That mountain Jiri is one of my favorite. I always feel very comfortable once I get deep into the mountain. I think all the trees and lives in the mountain are connected together to become granny Margo. They can listen to me and make it happen. I never had bad weather there. This snow storm was fierce but not that bad as to make it 'too' difficult from which I learn how generous she is. It was a wonderful experience that I can talk about for more than a year to my friends (with some exaggeration smile ). Camera and lens weighs 2.5kg and I carried 18kg(including camera) for 3 days of hiking(last post of Mt. Jiri 2018-12) and the final day will be terrible...persevere

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