turns out that contrary to what ms xm told me that we'll just be circling the base, i only realised halfway that the base seems to be a neverending slope upwards.
the beginning was slightly better compared to the other stuff i've climbed since it felt like a walk in the park, but there was still rocky pathways that made our steps difficult. still, after about 5 hours of walking, we could finally see that we're on top somewhere.
but of course to get through it there's some more rocky pathways...
yep it was pretty windy. it's confusing cos it gets hot when you climb but when you stop the wind makes it cold.
there's a time table pasted inside for the last buses going off.
you wish there's proper food but they only sell 1 kind of cup noodles. and you have to bring the trash all the way down, not leave it there. GRAH.
still, a hot ramen after a long climb is actually pretty rewarding. we even added an egg to it cos we bought one at the interchange before we took the bus here. lol.
after a short rest, we began our climb downhill. not before we stop at another spot where you could have a top view. not like there's any difference where you view from, but since i'm not gonna come back again, might as well see it all.
oh and we actually saw a lot of group of boys climbing together and one of them tried to talk to us in japanese. lol.
and it most definitely didn't help when i was walking with shoes like this. had to tie the sole together using its own shoelace. oh well, makes the adventure more interesting eh?
the sign says hallasan loves you guys. ya right.
we actually boarded a company bus to bring us down cos we have no idea where to board our bus at. the uncle was nice enough to drive us after we vigorously waved and chased it. and most fortunately the bus leads us back to our interchange!
organic mushroom with abalone porridge for xm. i remembered it costs almost 18k to eat this thing. (and trust me it's not worth it)
mine with crab porridge at half the price of xm's. pretty nice!