What initially anticipated as, just a walk in the woods -turned out to be the "Time of my Life". Life is full of surprises...!!!
Attitude is Contagious", so intial hesitation didn't stayed for more than few minutes. With the blessings of the Buddha (there is a beautiful temple over there), I was soon marching on the snow.
In the way I was meeting the guys in their complete trekking kits. They kept on saying to me, the way is risky, slippery and too difficult with your shoes - Go Back/ Be Careful...but but but I kept moving. As I came without trekking gears and that too alone, "I was very brave" in their words. They didn't noticed that my protective gears were my passion and enthusiasm. Its only these traits that guys dare to challenge Everests, Pacifics and Poles.
By the time I started to return - Soft snow had started to harden. This was the time, I realised why it is said that coming down is riskier than climbing up the mountains. Walking was giving way to slipping, sliding and lots of fun. Even the best batsmen sometimes get out on Zero, I too finally slipped at one point. However the soft snow provided the best cushion, I could have ever thought of.
By the time I came back, I realised the risks I took, but felt proud of my achievement. So a pat on my back. I can feel the difference in my fitness levels from the last trekking I did in India. I am getting better...
I am searching for another mountains in and around Seoul for expedition next weekend. By the time this article is published, I would have surely climbed another.
Piece of Advise: Do indulde in trekking activities whenever you get time. Keep yourself fit, believe me it will do a lot to your confidence levels too. Take due care while trekking. Keep adequate protection gear with you.