I had done a similar route once before with my friend Shaun and remember the entire trip taking somewhere around 6 hours so I had a rough idea of my time frame for the day. My only concern for the day was making it down the mountain before sunset, hiking in the dark is not really my idea of a good time so I figured if I left by 12 I'd be more than okay. After some morning yoga, breakfast and coffee (and a pathetic attempt at recruiting someone to go with me - honestly I wanted to go alone) I set out on my adventure.
|My route: 강진마을 ~ 효자봉(528m)3km ~ 금오산 (977m) 3.8km|
|Mountains for miles|
|Crawling up some rocks|
|Then it got more difficult|
For the last leg of the hike I was once again trailing an ajosshi (seriously where do they just pop up from) and followed him without paying much attention to where we were headed. We soon reached a clearing, which I assumed would be the peak but then realized the peak was still up and over to the left a bit. Another wrong turn, but this one was worth the view...
|Good timing for the sunset at the lake|
|~ Take me home ~|