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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blunder1983 wrote:
Any one got ne specfic instructions for hitting an easy hill?

Super easy hill, and IN Inchon. Go to the Inchon Memorial landing or the Inchon Municipal museum and start walking in the direction of UP. If you don't know how to get there just jump in a cab and say 'Songdo Beach hotel' (which BTW has one of the more decent buffets in Incheon on the top floor).
(I'm getting a serious deja vu vibe Wink ).
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blunder1983



Joined: 12 Apr 2005

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thanks for the responses i'm most grateful!

Alas i have trainers and jeans but no proper hiking gear hmm I think i'll hit songdo anyway this week, and the talk of a buffet only sweetens the deal! Very Happy
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teachmeenglish



Joined: 14 Dec 2004

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without minimizing what others have said about what to bring, I have hiked to the top of Pukhansan in Tevas and have seen people in Suits and dress shoes on the top. So, be careful but still you dont need to take the mountains in seoul too seriously. Yes people die on the mountains, but they usually are hiking off trail on dangerous places with lots of Soju in thier system. Jeans and trainers are more than enough for a day hike in the seoul area if you dont go on a rainy day, stay on trails, and plan to be down by 3pm in the spring to fall. Unlike many Koreans you do not need an Ice axe (esp in summer), bear bells and a ton of other equipment.

Basicly use your brain, but dont be intimidated. the highest mountians in Seoul are no more than 600m elevation gain (except very top of Tobongsan and Pukhansan)
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joe_doufu



Joined: 09 May 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think sneakers (er, trainers) are probably OK, if they are high enough to support your ankles somewhat. Comfort and protection from ankle twisting are the main issues, traction and waterproofing are less important.

It was interesting to me to learn that my Korean teacher applies the word "un dong hua" (exercise shoes) to all vaguely sneakerlike shoes, even the ones that are purely fashion accessories and couldn't be used for exercise.
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seoulhiker



Joined: 24 Aug 2005

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone wishes to go hiking in the Seoul area on Sundays, PM me. I'm almost always on the hills.
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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blunder1983 wrote:
Wow thanks for the responses i'm most grateful!

Alas i have trainers and jeans but no proper hiking gear hmm I think i'll hit songdo anyway this week, and the talk of a buffet only sweetens the deal! Very Happy

I think you could go up this hill in high heels if you wanted to, it's not very large at all.

Actually, even better than the buffet is the galbi restaurant in Songdo called the Kyungbukkoong, you can't miss it as it's the only one that looks like a giant traditional mansion (not to mention it's the only one named after a palace).
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seoulhiker



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone wishes to go hiking in the Seoul area on Sundays, PM me. I'm almost always on the hills.
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