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Ascent of Geumjeong-san on 2013-05-12

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Bryan Behm
Doug Santillo
Eric Foss
Lee Adams
Jennifer Murie
Patricia Hogan
JP Amposta
Date:Sunday, May 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Geumjeong-san
    Location:South Korea
    Elevation:801 m / 2631 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We only had one day of freedom from the ship in Korea, so what better way to spend it than bagging a P2k?

Directions to trailhead:
Take Orange line subway to stop #133 Beomeosa (from Busan Station 1400 Won/$1.40). From here, you walk uphill to the northwest about 3 blocks to the main bus station. There is a sign pointing to the bus station from inside the subway station, but once you are outside, it is not well signed. From the bus station, take Bus #90 all the way up to the Beomeosa temple (1200 Won/$1.20). Once at the temple, there were not too many signs to get you on the correct trail up the peak. We stayed to the right and crossed to the right side of the stream. I didn't turn on my GPS until we were a bit of the way up the trail, but I kept it on for the descent (and some wandering in the temple area until I remembered to turn it off), so you should be able to use the track to find the correct trail.

This trail is very crowded, I guess it's the local thing to do on a Sunday. Every Korean hiker was completely decked out in colorful, expensive hiking clothes, ready to tackle Mt Everest. It was 70 degrees and a 7km hike, hardly necessary to overdress like they did. The summit was crowded, but we found some cool rocks below the summit to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Our visit was perfectly timed as it was the middle of the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday. The Beomeosa Temple had thousands upon thousands of lanterns on display. The best part of the hike was the fact that we did not see a single person from the Navy the entire day. A real Korean experience, not just tourist kitsch.

After exploring the temple, we caught the bus about 2/3 of the way back down and had them drop us at an amazing Korean restaurant that was recommended to us by one of the temple employees. It was traditional style, with floor seating and all. We just pointed to a few things on the menu and enjoyed the surprise. The duck was outstanding, and I probably ate at least a dozen things that I couldn't identify. From the restaurant, we hiked down the stream to town, stopping at an outdoor gym, and hopped on the subway for the lotus lantern festival down at Busan Tower on top of our bonus bump, Yongdusan.

Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:481 m / 1581 ft
    Elevation Loss:481 m / 1581 ft
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:481 m / 1581 ft
    Route:From Beomeosa Temple
    Trailhead:320 m / 1050 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:481 m / 1581 ft
    Trailhead:320 m / 1050 ft
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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