Seoraksan is hands-down, in my opinion, the most beautiful, amazing place in Korea. You may recall I ventured to this mountain in the fall. However, it was frigid, rainy and I was highly unprepared. This weekend was a different story – not a cloud in the sky, fantastic company and a well-abled body.
I traveled with Seoul Hiking Group to go the distance and tackle Dinosaur Ridge (see above photograph), a challenge I had been anxiously awaiting. We began at 3am, reaching the summit, Daecheongbgong Peak, shortly after sunrise. From here we continued into inner Seoraksan to find Dinosaur Ridge and conquer not one, not two, but six more peaks. While climbing the peaks was perilous (in fact, if you are injured, helicopters are unable to reach the ridge to come to your rescue,) it was not nearly as terrifying as I had feared. Dinosaur ridge was more beautiful than I could have possible anticipated, each peak more breathtaking than the last. This hike blew my mind and I think the photographs speak for themselves.
Enlarge those panoramics!