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Ascent of Jiri-san on 2018-07-21

Climber: Douglas Harris

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jiri-san
    Location:South Korea
    Elevation:6283 ft / 1915 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had a coworker in Seoul help book KTX train to Gurye. The weekend trains are fully packed in the summer so book in advance. I stayed at the Gurye guest house. Truly a great owner. He gave me so much info in his broken but ok English (his son lives in NYC).

I took the 4 am bus to the Western terminus of the Jirisan ridge and did the 20 mile ridge run to the p5k summit. Make sure you do the detours to the adjacent peaks that include another province Highpoint. It was about 12 hours to the peak at a steady pace and a light pack. The Gurye Guesthouse owner had helped with last minute shelter reservations. They are hard to figure out and fill up early. You also could stealth camp if you bail off the trail around 7 pm. Highly illegal but trivial to execute.

I was the only cracker on the trail. The locals were thrilled.
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