A guided hike up Dobongsan, Bukhansan National Park – South Korea

Bukhansan National Park is my favorite place for hiking in South Korea.  Korea has better views in Seoraksan or on Saryangdo but with a half dozen entrances near subway stations Bukhansan jumps ahead of the pack.  A few weeks ago I got the idea of hiking Dobongsan again.  I’d been in the park 5 or 6 times Read More …

Bukhansan National Park’s highest peak – Baegundae

Last summer I made the responsible (albeit disappointing) choice to skip mudfest in lieu of staying healthy and climbing Bukhansan National Park’s highest peak, Baegundae.  Leaving the following Thursday for an extreme trip through Vietnam  I knew that I didn’t want to fight a multi-day hangover or any bruised limbs from the alcohol supported escapades at one of Read More …

Night Hiking Ansan at Ehwa University – Seoul Hiking Group

After a few month hiatus I finally got back into night hiking this evening!  Coincidentally I discovered some old photos I never posted of the same mountain.  Enjoy this photo walk, the green lights & my beard are from the first trip while the rest are from last night.  Somehow we had amazingly clear evenings Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #8

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

A wintery stroll through Bukhansan

With an extra day before school started again I decided on an impromtu trip to Bukhansan National Park.  I grabbed my hiking buddy (and future roommate) Brian and we repeated our 2013 Xmas hike to the top of Juanbong on Dobongsan.  I’ve been up this trail 4 or 5 times and its easily one of my Read More …

Night Hiking Achasan – Seoul Hiking Group

With the weather getting warmer night hiking keeps being a great idea!  I joined my second Seoul Hiking Group night hike to Achasan last night and had a great time.  (First hike to Bukaksan here)  Check out these awesome night shots since I finally had my tripod working!  Thanks Warren & Breanne for organizing this. Read More …

Hiking in Bukhansan – a photo walk

Last weekend I led a hike in Bukhansan National Park with some of my coworkers.  This makes 5 times in Bukhansan and still love it!  The first Spring Sunday made for a delightful hike despite the crowd and some hazy views.  Along the way we saw beautiful forests, temples and some climbers even crazier than us!  The temple was Read More …

Hwe Bibimbap and a Cable Car Ride

I met my friend Doyu outside of Myeong-dong yuk (Myeong-dong subway station).  We were going to practice my Korean and her English and check out Namsan.  Namsan is a small mountain in the middle of the city; you can hike up it but, seeing as how I went hiking all of yesterday, I was happy Read More …

A day in the mountains

Hiking is a popular pastime in Korea.  So popular that Bukhansan National Park was awarded the guiness world record for most visitors at a national park per square foot.  They get about 4 million hikers each year and the trails are always crowded.  Today is Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving and a holiday where everyone goes home, Read More …