Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe part 2 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I awoke shortly after the sun stretching upwards to find my hands tangled in a mosquito net as yesterday’s adventure through the jungle came back into focus.  Unsure of what Tom had in store for us today other than “swimming in a waterfall” I excitedly dressed and wandered about his village, Hwe Yao.  The night before Read More …

Hiking Dinosaur Ridge, Seoraksan National Park – Seoul Hiking Group

Walking through Seorkasan’s midnight forest we glanced skyward at glimmering stars when suddenly a bright light streaked across the sky!  Our hiking crew let out a cry of joy as a second shooting star ran across the heavens.  I know that was a god omen for my second trek along Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park. Read More …

Garden of the Morning Calm – Seoul Hiking Group

After an exhausting day and faux-rescue on Wunaksan it was time to relax at Korea’s Garden of the Morning Calm.  This colorful light show reminds many foreigners of Christmas and is fitting to visit in the winter.  Multicolored lights adorn trees and bushes throughout the massive garden.  Its a popular spot for Korean couples who can be Read More …

Lake Jusanji & Juwangsan with Seoul Hiking Group

Friday night; might as well hop a midnight bus to Juwangsan with Seoul Hiking Group!  In the wee hours of the morning we arrived at Lake Jusanji to find a nearly full moon illuminating our path before us.  A short 30 minute hike brought us to the lakeshore where we found a light mist gliding Read More …

Son Doong Day 3 – The Garden of Edam

Son Doong’s Garden of Edam peeked through the next passage like a half moon keeping a wary eye on foreign travelers.  Hiking once more in the dark, our headlamps illuminated bulbous calcite deposits left by a millennia of rainy seasons carving its way through this ancient waterway.  In another million years our passageway will likely Read More …

Seoraksan – Dinosaur Ridge

A 3am Seoraksan hike warranted a long lunch break, unfortunately we were on a tight schedule and left for Dinosaur Ridge after refilling water and a few quick bites.  Shortly after departing the shelter the real climb began.  There was one small forested valley before we were pulling ourselves up the first of many crazy Read More …

Seoraksan: getting to Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge, the name alone tells me that Seoraksan’s main ridge will likely be my favorite hike in Korea.  After a 3 am start I found myself at the first of MANY peaks just before lunchtime and suddenly wasn’t so sure.  But there I go, getting ahead of myself again. Getting to Seoraksan National Park from Seoul Go to Read More …

Jirisan – The Descent

Descending Jirisan is no simple task.  After relaxing on the peak for nearly an hour and seeing a helicopter rescue we finally decided to get moving.  Before we actually climbed down we had a few kilometers of trail to cover on the ridgeline. Traveling among the clouds we enjoyed the youthgiving mountain air and stunning views. To Read More …

Spring Blooms in Seoul

Spring is finally here!  Seoul and all of South Korea is known for cherry blossoms so I decided to take a stroll through Yeouido Park and Yeouinaru by the Han River.  The concrete jungle made a wonderful backdrop for the florescent flowers as “golden hour” illuminated the spring bloom before the sun actually set with 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 …