Hey, I’m just back from my very first hike! Attempted the Gwanaksan Mountain because it was the nearest and my friends said that it was easy.
It is easy to go up a mountain but more difficult when coming down the mountain. As I am not very tall, with my short legs, I can’t stretch like the rest and I don’t have proper hiking shoes, but that doesn’t stop me from conquering the summit!
Applause, please. thank you *bows* 😀
I went hiking with Julie, for those who don’t know where the entrance of the mountain is, here are the directions
4) you will see a lot of hikers around there, just follow them (:
The hike up Gwanaksan Mountain
During our hike, we saw many hikers having a picnic, enjoying the scenery in the mountain
We hiked about 1/2 hour from 1-1.30pm then we reached the middle road whereby we had to choose the route we wanted to go. This was when I got more than I bargained for. There were 2 routes that we could hike to and we decided to aim for the summit! adventurous eh (;
And we were in for 2hours of hiking up the mountain. Some parts were not very steep as there were steps. Some….there weren’t any steps and I had to use my hands to climb. I’m short la, other hikers just used their equipment. There was an ahjumma who saw me having trouble to climb up, she thrusted her gear to me. I didn’t know what she was saying and I stared blankly at her stick. Then she motioned to me and I just absentmindedly grab the stick and next moment, whoa, she pulled me up the steep slope. Strong ahjumma.
We didn’t know where we were and I kept asking for directions, was quite happy when some understood what I meant. We didn’t do any planning on how to hike up and just followed the hikers.
It was very tiring, my legs were so worn out. I wanted to stop but I was like, damn, I must get to the summit before it gets dark. And eventually, after a long hike, we managed to reach the summit! Woohoo!
Although it was a tiring hike I felt a sense of achievement when I finally reached the summit. Hiking trains your determination to reach the top with the gorgeous view on top as the reward.
Keen to conquer more summits! Albeit those less steep ones, not keen to hike for many hours though. hehe
The difficulty level of the hike:
Gwanaksan is considered the beginner mountains, so it’s among the easier ones to climb. If you stay nearby, and you wanna hike but don’t have much time, go hike Gwanaksan Mountain! But do wear proper shoes, or at the very least, sports shoes. Don’t follow me and wear sneakers. It is very dangerous! If you lose your footing, you may injure yourself. I have no sports shoes that’s why, and, if you wanna lose weight while you enjoy the scenery, hiking is the cheapest and easiest way! After the hike, my legs felt like lead and I was so tired. The next morning when I woke up, I could feel the ache in my calves, this means that I have stretched my muscles and yes my legs felt much more firm. It felt less flabby. Good workout!