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Hiking at 지리산 – Jiri Mountain, South Korea

This weekend myself and a few fellow teachers went for a hike a few hours away from Daegu. We met early in the morning to take a bus out to the mountain where they would drop us off and then pick us up at the other end of the trail.

It was a fun hike all in all. Some parts were pretty difficult with the total elevation going up about 559 m (1,800+ ft), but it was a great day to be outside. The sun was out but it was cool enough to do some hiking. So, with bags packed with camera gear and lunch we headed off on the trail.

We had wanted to do this last weekend but there was a lot of rain and they called off the trip. There was actually a mud slide on part of the trail that killed 4 people who were camping near some homes. We saw some of the devistation from the slide, and even came upon workers who were reinforcing parts of the trail so it would not happen again.

We were the last to leave the bus and head down the trail, so the guide kept calling one of our hikers to insure we were on the right trail and were still coming. At one point when we had to go up some stairs, the guide left us a hint on which way to go with a large arrow on the path made out of leaves.

For lunch we stopped by a stream with some small waterfalls. It was a great place for a break, and we took off our shoes and dipped our toes into the cold stream.Over all it was a great hike and we hope to do a few more now that the weather is nice.

Tour buses seem to be pretty big business in Korea. There were dozens along the way picking up people all over Daegu to take them to various places around the area. It’s a nice way to get out of the city and see some of the beautiful countryside here. Plus anytime you can get away for some fresh air is always a nice change.


Chili Peppers drying in the sun

Flowers on the trail

A Bee working on a flower

A valley

Group Photo

Mudslide through valley a week before

We were left a sign by the guide on which way to go

Someone lost their keys so they put them on a marker.

View from the mountain

Lunch by a stream

Having fun near the stream

Huge spider on the trail

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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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