I just had a vague idea of going hiking to Mt. Jiri in this spring simply because I have never been there before in spring season. As I was having a casual talk with my wife I told her that I'll leave 'day after tomorrow' without any mind and I was forced to. What a simple reason! Anyhow it was a good hiking to feel the spring of Mt. Jiri as well as to feel what summer will be like in the mountain - just like last winter it was unexpectedly hot.
From the bus stop to a temple which sits at the starting point of the trail. I love greens of young leaves.
Budda's birthday is coming and they are preparing a ceremony.
Not only greens of spring but purple blossoms are all at their best in this season.
Green leaves of an oak tree and white blossoms against blue sky.
A waterfall, Moojechigi, they call it.
In front of the lodge that I was to spend the first night.
A sunrise. As summer solstice is only a month away, sun rises up at very early in the morning. I had to wake up at 3:30 to see the sunrise on the ridge. It's 5:30 A.M..
Azalea blossoms against the mountain top, Chunwang-bong(Uranus).
Chunwang-bong(Uranus) from a distance. I'm coming close to it step by step.
A view of the trail from Chunwang-bong. Made it at last.
Chun wang bong - it was written so. Tian(sky) wang(king) feng(summit) in Chinese.
On a way down from the summit, Chunwang-bong. I had to walk 16km to get to the next lodge.
Way down from Jaesuk-bong. Dead Christmas trees are lying down on the ground, as well as live ones are in green.
Way down from Jaesuk-bong. 2 hrs after sunrise. Hurry up! Still 16kms ahead!
A dead tree and rocks.
Looking back to the Yunha sun'gyung and Chunwang-bong.
Looks like a UFO has crashed down to form a cleavage through mountains. Otherwise how can we explain such a weird geography???
A pine tree standing at the top of the cliff.
I have covered 48km's so far. Only 2 km's left. Guess no uphill left.
Nothing is better than a can of ice cold beer to finish a sweating long long trail walk. I made it to the destination an hour and half earlier than I expected. I killed time with drying sweat-wet gloves and socks as well as replenishing water for my body.
This is it for the three days of hiking to the Jiri mountain. Hope you enjoyed photos. Thanks.