Invest What it Takes

by | Apr 17, 2011 | Stories & Expeditions | 2 comments

From the window of our office apartment, a large mountain commands the attractive view of the distant horizon. When I first arrived in South Korea a few weeks ago, Adam, my coworker, told me we should really plan a hike out there before I left. Well, that day came last Saturday.

2599_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-320 sec at f - 9.0, ISO 400

Looking over our maps that morning, we plotted the most direct route to the foot of the mountain and calculated that it was about four miles away. Peering out the window, the mountain which didn’t really seem that far away was completely shrouded in the haze that hung thickly over the city. Though prospects of the haze clearing was fifty fifty, we packed our lunch and put on our hiking boots in faith that the afternoon would bring clearer skies.

Four miles is a long way to walk. The rate at which we walked combined with the new boots I was breaking in put blisters on my feet before we reached the mountain. But I was prepared for discomfort, and we pressed on until we reached our objective.

For being in the middle of the most populated area in South Korea, I am so grateful for these pockets of rough country to enjoy and photograph, even if it means aching feet and sore legs for the next few days. 🙂

3104_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

3128_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-200 sec at f - 7.1, ISO 100

3031_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 16, ISO 100

3173_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-200 sec at f - 7.1, ISO 100

2984_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

3208_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 7.1, ISO 100

3311_Canon EOS 40D, 55 mm, 1-80 sec at f - 3.2, ISO 100

For more pictures of the trip, please visit my Picasa Site.


  1. Allen P.

    I am glad you get these opportunities, and that you share them with us!

  2. Robert

    Sounded like quite the adventure, bro! 🙂



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