this weekend, a big group of KPIers and i hiked bukhansan. the journey to the mountain takes a little over an hour from our neighborhood, so we started the hike around 10:30 and finished around 2:30. we took a different (and shorter) trail than the one i did two years ago. thankfully, this year, i was not a pile-of-trash-straight-out-of-college kid and in much better shape for the hike! =]

on the trail leading to the base, we were greeted by many friendly koreans!

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

here are katie, yann, and bax, a few new(ish) teachers at our school, at the top of our first "peak".

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

brandon and jenn:

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

jaz and i:

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

and the whole crew at the top:

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

we later reached another "peak," where we had a small picnic and, as the koreans traditionally do, a celebratory cup of makgeolli.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

also at this second peak, i snapped a few shots of my sweaty companions. (.gif to follow!, but here's a sneak peek:)

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

we finally reached a clearing where i could get a few (smoggy) photos of my beautiful city =]

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

lastly, here's a goofy group shot of all of us!

hiking bukhansan, seoul, 2013.

needless to say, we all experienced that hiker's high this weekend. click here to see all my bukhansan photos.

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