bukhansan national park / by Shelby Robinson

Yesterday Jackie and I met in Seoul and made out way to Bukhansan National Park where we planned to hike this beauty. One of my favorite Saturdays yet in Korea.

The walk up was pretty tiring and a bit icy, so it took us around two and a half hours. The final climb to the peak was honestly hilarious - I can't tell you how many times I slipped. The only thing we had to hold onto was a freezing metal bar with icy rocks beneath our feet. But all was well because we were surrounded by other hikers who were super kind and helpful, lending us hands and telling us the best strategies.

Once we made it to the top of the peak, the slipping and cold was all worth it. That view! So, so beautiful. It was the perfect day. We enjoyed gimbap and makgeolli (a rice wine) with some new friends. Also, Korean hikers are so hilarious with their brightly colored hiking gear and pants and matching jackets and hats and the like. We got a good laugh.

Many thanks to the lovely Jackie for being such an excellent guide and for taking me to my first Korean mountain. The first of many!