Whenever I’m away from mountains, I feel their absence. For those drawn to them, they are irreplaceable in our souls. It’s not just their beauty that draws us, but also the challenge they represent. An anvil to strike ourselves against to see the strength of our mettle. It has been far too long since I hiked a proper mountain — life has gotten crazy since my injury, and I just haven’t made time. Last weekend, I’d had enough. Without giving myself a chance to mull things over, I booked a hotel room and a KTX ticket to Ulsan. My plan? To spend the next day hiking Sinbulsan in the Yeongnam Alps.
It’s wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return.” – Alex Lowe
A hike starting in another city means an early start, and I left my apartment at 6:45 a.m. Getting to the trailhead was a bit numbing, so I was grateful for the short walk from where my cab dropped me to the trailhead. Call it a warmup. Signs for ‘신불산’ indicated the proper way to go, such as the one below. Curious where I started? Stay tuned for the end of the post, where I’ll link my Ramblr trip with GPS coordinates.