Last week Mike (left), Les (right), Rachel and I went out to a national park call Bukhansan on a beautiful fall day. We decided to take the less direct way to the top which involved a lot of scrambling and steep slab walking. As we made our way to the main peak (Insabong), we saw the rock cover speckled with literally dozens of rock climbers ascending a multi-pitch climb to the top. We soon found out that the only way to the top was with an extensive amount of climbing gear which we had only a little of. But we were content to sit back and watch.
If you look closely, you might be able to pick out some of the myriads of climbers on the rock face. (They look like ants from this distance.) After our long day of hiking, we were invited to join some local climbers (The Alpinist Club of Corea) at a restaurant where they feed and entertained us with a Korean pizza, kimchi (not the dog) and dong-dong-ju (rice wine). They were all celebrating the wedding of one of their colleagues and in true Korean style the bill was all his.