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Three spots are worthy on little used spur trail, Course No. 7-1[Jeju's Trails] Day 13 of a 1,200 km journey recording Jeju's hiking trails, oreum (volcanic cones) and Olle courses
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승인 2011.09.20  10:46:29
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▲ Photos by Steve Oberhauser

Contributor Steve Oberhauser has meticulously planned (and now will execute) an ambitious project to hike and write about all the main Jeju mountain trails, every oreum (volcanic cone) open to the public (about 150 of them), and assess every Olle trail, all in the span of about 50 days. Look for Steve’s reports over the coming weeks, and as always you can send your feedback to Steve and The Weekly on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/JejuWeekly). —Ed.

The Journey
These are the top 12 sites in sequential order for Day 13: World Cup Stadium, Olle Course No. 7-1 start - public school, Olle reference point - Olle reference point - Eongtto Falls - Mount Gogeun, peak 1 - Mount Gogeun, peak 2 - Mount Gogeun, opposite base - stamp, Olle reference point - Bongnimsa - Hanon Crater - close to Oeldolgae, Olle Course No. 7-1 finish / Olle Course No. 7 start - start of Olle Course No. 6 (segment A), Lee Jung Seop Museum



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Spent
GS 25 -- 8,500
Family Mart -- 2,500
Total -- 11,000 won
(Note: Rest day, Total -- 52,860 won)

Consumed
1.5 liters Pocari Sweat, orange drink, Chilsung drink, monk’s fruit drink, 4 small cold coffees, 2 small hot coffees, 2 sandwiches, 1 bag potato chips, 3 bananas, 2 apples, 2 oranges, 1 Vitamin C tablet, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 13

Rest day. What did I do? I wrote a lot. Probably spent a collective 12 hours in a PC room, occasionally listening and laughing at (a few) high school boys in too tight skinny jeans and too much hair spray crooning (translated into something like, “oh baby, baby, I loooove you, baby, oh yeah”) in a falsetto voice imitating some incredibly talented and inspiring K-pop star. After listening to that, more Pearl Jam in my headset from YouTube, please! The E-Mart next to the World Cup Stadium was a welcomed relief. I bought some socks that will get me through Olle. Never underestimate the value of decent, dry socks. I’ve gone through at least 10 disposable pairs in the last 14 days. The jimjilbang at the stadium is recommended. However, a worker woke me up at 7:30 a.m., Monday morning and promptly kicked me out. Help a brother out. I just wanted to sleep a few minutes longer. I’m interested in a statistical breakdown of the people that sleep in jimjilbangs. How safe are they? That’s not really the best question. Rather, how clean are they?

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Course No. 7-1. Just average. This is a spur trail. I think it is the least used course that is on the mainland of Jeju (excluding the three island trails on Udo, Gapado and Chujado). Only three spots are worth mentioning about. … I did have this strange feeling early on the trail for five minutes I was somewhere in California, 30 minutes past where a bus should run, in the rolling agricultural fields, as a gringo castaway, possibly looking for work or just scallywagging with a hobo bag on a stick. … Three English signs brought some chuckles along the way. Guess what they mean: 1. “Sammi Camping Cardiy” 2. “ENJOY CITY” 3. “Fine Article Chicken”

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Eongtto Falls. It seems, these days, this place is very fashionable. I took a picture of some rock cliffs, visualizing 50 meters of water cascading down. Eongtto is like a total solar eclipse. When it happens, people should talk about it. When it’s not happening, no words need to be spoken. I wish I could have seen it. Eongtto only appears after more than 70 millimeters of recent rainfall. A sign signals it is a “regal” waterfall. Further it states: “Eongtto falls is practically no waterfall if this runs is dry, …”

▲ Eongtto Falls. Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Mt. Gogeun. So, I have this running tally of oreum and a rating system for each. Mt. Gogeun is better than average. At 396.2 meters above sea level, its route at the top provides views of Seogwipo from twisting directions. The backdoor exit and drop is special, and it seems, rarely used. More people were using this oreum than I suspected Monday afternoon. Grandma Seolmundae, in local mythology, rested her behind in the shallow crater. I assume the brisk wind was a relief sought by users. At top, it actually knocked me off a bench I was trying to stand on. The weather broke today, just a bit. Cool, overcast.

Hanon Crater. An “ecological museum,” this place seems to get a lot of publicity for being the largest maar (shallow-shaped) crater in Asia, according to the sign. There’s a lot of available spring water around, so naturally, rice is grown in the area.

Woman monk’s generosity at Bongnimsa. Just before Hanon Crater and looking intently at rice, I climbed some stairs and took a picture of Bongnimsa and retreated down to rest. A few minutes later a woman monk gave me a tray with two oranges and a purple-ish juice. How nice. I directly remember volunteering in high school and my first soup kitchen experience. I recalled that. But, I felt the tables were turned and I was on the receiving end this time.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

What’s in the bag?
I am carrying a sling bag, a green side bag and a beach towel. I previously explained the merits of my (darkening) beach towel for the Olle course. Let me break down what’s always inside the (also darkening) Luang Prabang, Laos-labeled green bag with shoulder straps. I have large, medium and small clear waterproof bags, netting for sleeping, 1.5 liters of some varying liquid, an empty 500ml plastic bottle, a small Olympus digital camera in a protective blue case, notebook (with loose paper notes, stubs and receipts, topographical Jeju map, English version Olle trail book, and an oreum checklist), and in a black plastic bag, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Inside the small plastic bag. There is a Bushnell Backtrack GPS (2 AAA batteries), good for longitude and latitiude readings for the online map, elevation and temperature readings. Other options are possible. And, a pen and piece of scrap paper to record. Also, my derelict Samsung Anycall slide phone I was paying 5,000 won a month to call and text with, manner mode is canceled.

Inside the medium plastic bag. Items include camera battery charger and USB connection, cell phone charger, flashlight (2 AAA batteries), watch, digital voice recorder and earphones (Apparently of no use. Yet! I do believe I will run into some people on the trail that can speak English and want to answer a few questions.), and extra AAA batteries.

Inside the large plastic bag.
I have copies of The Jeju Weekly (Olle Special Edition and Issue No. 56), 32 Jeju postcards that need to be written and sent out snailmail before I depart the island, a fancy light-bearing pen (to write in the dark), pencil, Vitamin C tablets, a very old, yellowing and crusting vocabulary book from the 1950s, rarely, if ever, used camera instructional manual, and a personal notebook and notes.

Date

Sept. 19, 2011
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