Day 3 – The Adventure = Climbing Bukhansan on 12Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

resting before last 50m

baegundae-826m

armed with trekking poles, kit kat, nuts + bought 2 gimbap 김밥, we set off to climb bukhansan on 12.11.2016. ^^

little we know, really really difficult though looked like not difficult for koreans…7yr olds & 10yr olds could do it..& one lady looked like 75/80.

Still we got up to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

7hrs very jialat hike

almost died…actually, die-ded, dead already la!

going to gupabal station

going to gupabal station

we decided to go nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 at chuncheon 春川 yesterday on Friday to avoid the weekend crowd.

everyone ready for climbing

everyone ready for climbing

not a bad decision, but it also mean we now go to bukhansan on a Saturday/weekend on 12.11.2016.

we took line 2 from hongdae where our airbnb apartment is, to hapjeong, changed to line 6 to bulgwang, then to line 3 to gupabal.

too-early-la

kind of early, should be in bed leh…

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukjsnsam fortress station

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhasan fortress station

we took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhansan fortress station.
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walking to the bukhansan trailhead

on the way, wife stopped by to buy 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥, and those turned out to be our nectar, our fuel, our substenance!

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walking to the bukhansan trailhead

walking-to-the-trailhead

walking to the bukhansan trailhead

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everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead

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everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead

you see everyone walking there (to the bukhansan trailhead), you kow you are in the right direction la…

crowd-at-the-trailhead

crowd at the bukhansan trailhead

wa, you guys need to flag off ah?

which-direction

which direction neh?

both-ways-going-baegunpae-take-the-one-that-says-4km

both ways going baegunpae. we took the one that says 4km

both ways going baegunpae. which one neh?

trail-map

trail map

we took the one that says 4km….

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start of trail

took a few snaps….

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going up

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going up.

& up we go….

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going up

go….

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trail map

piles-of-stones-by-bored-hikers

pile of stones by bored hikers?

looking down at the information centre

looking down at the information centre – the trail head

looking down at the information centre, at the trailhead…

we-hiking-up-there-you-kidding-me

we hiking up there? you kidding me?

you kidding me?

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going up

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going up

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going up

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going up

up….

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going up

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going up

go….

directions

directions

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going up

the-peaks

the peaks

we are going to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m!

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the peaks

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the peaks

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wife bought 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥

luckily we had 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥

gimbab

never knew gimbap 김밥 taste so good la!

 super delicious!!!

lip smacking good!!!

Still 2.6km…we were just 1/3 of the way up…

temple

temple

remember the landmarks..so you know you are staying on the right track…

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still the easy parts

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going up

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going up

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going up

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still the easy parts

din know these were so easy by comparison

 

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going up

Still 1.3km

Still 1.3km

another 1.3km…

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going up

it’s always, going up!

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going up

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going up

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keep going

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going up

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going up

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going up

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going up

what else? going up….

coming-up

coming up

rest stop…

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going up

fresh-air

fresh air

fresh air – in abundance….

difficult parts when the ropes start

difficult parts when the ropes start

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going up

rest-stop

rest stop…I think we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap

we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap…

not there yet la...0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there yet la…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there…not there…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts…

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going up

harder it went

harder it went

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going up…steep, rocky

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going up

nice-mountain-view

nice mountain view

rest stop..take as many as you need…

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nice mountain view

another rest point…

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nice mountain view

now we are nearing…

almost-there

almost there = Done 3.7km Another 400m to go

almost there…

done 3.7km another 400m to go

ranger-box

the ranger box

only a short climb now..

map

map

300m-to-go

300m to go…lots of tired feet

another 300m to go…lots of tired feet….

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nice mountain view

nice-view

nice mountain view

the-top

the peak

the peak

the peak

that’s the peak!

it’s a bit overcast…not a totally clear day…

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view from near the peak

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view from near the peak

view all around…

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

well, almost there…

almost but not yet…

& obviously when they have ropes it means it is difficult…& today is a weekend/a Saturday, and a huge crowd..everyone wants the rope, going up & coming down..

the-hardest-50m2

the hardest 50m

moral of story = don’t come during the weekend…

if you do, NO gentlemen, cling on to the rope & don’t give way, whether you are going up or down…it is really quite dangerous, you can fall…

it is not always possible of course..there are children…but it means you basicall try to stand still, stay put & once the person you give way passed, cling on to the ropes…

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view from near the peak

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view from near the peak

the view all round…

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looking down on the flat area for resting before the last 50m

looking down..

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looking down from the rope waiting for peak hikers to descend after taking photos=the flat area for resting before the last 50m

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coming up to the flat area for resting before the last 50m

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the flat area for resting before the last 50m

top-of-the-world

top of the world ya…

a zen moment

a zen moment

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one more zen moment

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m...

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m…

finally the peak = baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

it was really crowded, so cannot really stay but had to rush through a few photo moments…so really must come on a less crowded weekday..

looking-back-at-the-peak

looking back at the peak on the way down

Very tough going up! so many rocks…many parks needed rope

Going the last 300m to the peak baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m very challenging

the 4km up took us 4hrs…

so basically we started about 10am at the trailhead & it was 2pm when we started on the way down..

it took long because of the rest stops, photos, but also because the last 300m (phots) & especially last 50m (ropes & long queue of people going up & coming down)..

but little we knew coming down & crossing bukhansan was really very difficult course…..

the-oaks

the oaks clinging to the cliffs

we decided to take the route to daedongmun instead of retracing..
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looking back on the way to daedongmun = the oaks clinging to the cliffs

somehow we paid a lot of attention reading up on the route coming up to baegundae 白云台 백운대…and we just assumed going down would be direct & simple…
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the oaks

the-golden-top

the golden top

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the oaks

along-the-wall

we remembered the guide said to follow the fortress wall

coming-down-1-5km-to-daedongmun-gate

1.5km to daedongmun

another 1.5km to daedongmun….

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walking along the fortress wall..

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walking along the fortress wall..

along the wall we went….

another-1-9km-to-academy-info-centre-this-part-really-really-hard

another 1.9km to academy info centre..

we came to daedongmun…

but that’s cheating!!!!

another 1.9km to academy info centre???? shucks!!!

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we thought we reached…but it’s another 1.9km…

we thought we reached already leh…

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looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

this part really really hard….very steep & rocky going downhill…

it was 4pm… we had been walking 6hrs since 10am..& truly fearful of darkness by 5pm…had to travel faster…

at one stage we were considering stopping at the call stops with the map co-ordinates & just call for help/rescue…the problem being that when going up there were like signs every 200m or the like, but coming down we were in wilderness…we were not sure if we were on the right track..if we had missed any paths on the track or had strayed…there were like maybe 3 signs the whole 1.9km??? & even the call stops location were very sparse…

during one part, a man must be in his 60s overtook us going down…& he was the only soul we saw throughout the entire 1.9km!!! we wanted to keep up with him but it was too dangerous, he was travelling too fast & we could fall & injure ourselves if we kept pace with him, which was impossible in any case…but at least during that 5mins or so we knew we were going the right direction…

so-happy-to-arrive-board-no1-bus-to-suyu-made-it

so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!

so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!
bus clock said 1703hrs…means we covered the last 1.9km in 1 hr 5mins! & coming down is so difficult & treacherous…..

no time or heart/mood to take photos

took us another 1hr 10mins on bus(25) & subway to get back to hongdae, happy & exhausted after a full day 7hrs hike!

c.h.e.f andy
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Bukhansan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Highest point
Elevation 836.5 m (2,744 ft) [1]
Coordinates 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933Coordinates: 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933
Geography
Location South Korea
Climbing
Easiest route from Suyu Station by bus 1218 or 153 to Uidongdoseonsaipgu bus stop(우이동도선사입구) then walk 2.29km to Bukansan National Park Visitor Center(북한산국립공원백운탐방지원센터)
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