happyrock
2 years ago1,000+ Views
Dangerous Trail: Mt. Dobong in South Korea
The best part about this potentially terrifying hike is that if you know what you're getting into, you can plan which terrifying bits you want to try, and which you don't. So make sure you do your research!
I was in tears laughing reading a post by a girl who went hiking here with her friends, and didn't know know there was a route down from the peak they ascended that didn't require crazy repelling.
Mt. Dobong, located near Seoul (and accessible by subway...how crazy is that!), has a lot of ways up and a lot of ways down, but its almost universally known as one of the best hikes in Korea. It's also known as a mix of hiking and technically unchallenging rock climbing, but rock climbing nonetheless.
Here you can see that, depending on the route you take up, you may have to transverse some ridges using these big, well-spaced cables to hang on to. From everything I've read it seems like there's a lot of older (60s, 70s) Korean hikers that manage it just fine, so if you're brave enough, you can, too.
To avoid the route across the mountain ridge when going down the mountain (which would require you to use ropes and railings and lots of upper body strength), make sure to heed the signs. There will be a sign (with two little images of bears) posted where the two trails diverge, one trail will be marked with a RED line and the other trail will be marked with a GREEN line (the optimal route for the less experienced). Watch this video for clarification (or just fast forward the video to minute 2:33)!
The peak looks beautiful, and there are many routes there so you can enjoy hiking one way up, and another way down! For a full list of all your possibilities, I recommend reading some blogs like this one or this one. There's a ton of people who have been to these, so even though I can't seem to find a good English listing of this place, it's worth seeing.
3 comments
This looks kind of scary,b ut kind of fun!!! I've been doing some basic rock climbing "lessons" with friends when we go out, so I think this kind of place would be cool for all of us to do together.
2 years ago·Reply
Checked out the blog post. Those girls really should have done some more research before going.
2 years ago·Reply
@yakwithalan For sure, but they seemed level headed enough to be OK, and it also seems like there were a lot of people around to help. @fallingwater yeah, it would be! You'll just have to travel around the world for it lol
2 years ago·Reply
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