Go tell it on the mountain

A co-worker invited me to join him on a mountain hike this morning.  It was snowing when we headed out at 0930 but had stopped by the time we arrived 20 minutes later.

I’ve gotten so accustomed to flatland walking that climbing today was a bigger challenge than I thought it would be.  And coming down was a slick slip and slide. I was happy for the change of pace for sure.

I don’t know the name of the mountain, perhaps these signs say?

I’d judge the climb up to be similar in difficulty to the trail ascent of Namsan (not the road up).

Some nice views…

And lots of these grave shrines…

I guess you’d call this the semi-summit…

….we elected not to continue on to the top of the peak behind me. My co-worker said there were places you had to climb over rocks holding onto a rope. He was concerned about coming back down where a slip might well prove fatal. Saving that portion of the hike for a dryer day was fine by me.

It was a good morning’s hike.  I look forward to coming back for more soon.

2 thoughts on “Go tell it on the mountain

  1. Ambitious hike! I’m not a fan of winter mountain hiking unless I’m wearing crampons, or at least ice cleats.

    The two main signs in the foreground don’t give the mountain’s name. The one on the left, in blue, talks about (1) what to do if there’s an accident on the mountain, and (2) how to perform CPR. The one on the right, in green, offers general safety guidelines for mountain hiking.

    In the background, however, there’s a white banner that has the name “Gobong-san” (“High-peak Mountain”) at the bottom, barely visible. I looked up “Gobong-san” on Naver, and there are several mountains with that name in South Korea, but none that are near Pyeongtaek, so I’m not sure what your mountain’s name is. You’ll have to ask your hiking partner, I think.

  2. Yeah, we met some Koreans on the mountain and they thought we were foolish not to have on ice cleats. Doubt I’ll buy any though, they won’t likely be useful in the Philippines.

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