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Historic Buddha has lost his head

11 April 2023

Korea-Gyeongju-Namsan-Hiking - Historic Buddha has lost his head

Gyeongju Namsan mountain

Today I went to the Gyeongju Namsan mountain. Everywhere has a Namsan mountain so I have to be specific. As mentioned I was not sure if this would....

Nuclear winter

6 April 2023

Korea-Daegu-Hiking-Palgongsan-Gatbawi - Nuclear winter

Hiking Palgongsan over Dongbong to Gatbawi

This was my third time climbing Palgongsan. Obviously I like it. I received feedback that I share too many pictures, so I decided to completely ig....

Not as long as I hoped for

19 November 2023

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Takanosu - Not as long as I hoped for

Mount Takanosu from Lake Okutama to Okutama station

I thought it would take longer! My day started at 5:12am as I had planned and warned myself. My bag was already packed with drinks and snacks and ....

Ruined sea of cloud

13 November 2023

Japan-Osaka-Takeda-Castle - Ruined sea of cloud

Takeda castle ruins day trip

It took 2 trains to get there and 4 trains to get back. 2 hours there 3.5 hours back. It was raining but not enough for me to get wet. There was a....

Highest around

8 November 2023

Japan-Matsuyama-Hiking-Mount Takanawa - Highest around

Mount Takanawa from Iyo-Hojo station

Naturally when you go to a place you have never been to before, the first thing you do is scroll the map and find the highest mountain possible to....

Delayed and confused

2 November 2023

Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Delayed and confused

Onoyama from Yamakita to Yaga Station

Today I had an all day battle with trains. First of all, I made a mistake I have made before. If you have a Suica/Pasmo/Icoca/Toica/Kitaca etc. th....

Smoke and ladders

12 May 2023

Taiwan-Taichung-Hiking-Dakeng - Smoke and ladders

Dakeng trails 2, 5 and 4

Today I went to a hike I have been on previously. If you look up hiking in Taichung, this will come up at the top of the list. The Dakeng trails a....

Matcha latte missionary trail

6 May 2023

Taiwan-Yilan-Hiking-Marian trail - Matcha latte missionary trail

Marian / Shengmu / Matcha hiking trail

Today's hike has about 9 different names. You can find it referred to as Marian or St Marian's hiking trail, the sacred mother trail, Shengmu hiki....

Me vs the volcano ver. 3.0a

1 May 2023

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Me vs the volcano ver. 3.0a

Yangmingshan Qixing peak

If you suffer from chronic flatulence, then today's hike is for you. It was my third time doing this hike, and the first time when the peak was no....

No fog this time

21 November 2022

Korea-Daejeon-Hiking-Gyeryongsan - No fog this time

All the trails of Gyeryongsan national park

I have been here before. Last time I was here, it was raining, foggy, misty, wet and there was no view at all. I just did a re read of that day to....

Colonnades hermitages and Gorals

14 November 2022

Korea-Gwangju-Hiking-Mudeungsan - Colonnades hermitages and Gorals

Mudeungsan from Wonhyo ranger station

I have done parts of this hike before. It was fantastic, and admittedly last time had a clearer view. Today I got on the right bus immediately, a ....

River view

7 November 2022

Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Yebongsan - River view

Yebongsan and Ungilsan from Paldang Station

Today was an excellent hike, probably a top 5 hike! It was just about 5 hours, about 14km, 30,000 steps, great views, great weather. The only issu....

My moistened path

6 June 2022

Korea-Busan-Hiking-Jangsan - My moistened path

Hiking over Jangsan from Jangsan station

Before we get into it, just now on the TV behind me in my hotel room was an ad for a new robot. It is about 3 feet high, and on a base similar to ....

Barely even broke a sweat

27 May 2022

Korea-Suwon-Hiking-Gwanggyosan - Barely even broke a sweat

Hiking the loop to Gwanggyosan from the Reservoir

Title is a humble brag, but compared to the last 3 hikes, this one was very civilised and easy. It was still long, about 16km in total including a....

Little Xian

26 May 2022

Korea-Suwon-hwaseong fortress - Little Xian

Walking around the Hwaseong fortress wall in Suwon

The main attraction in Suwon without a doubt is the wall that circles the city. Well it almost completely circles a part of the city, there is one....

I hit a wall

20 May 2022

Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan - I hit a wall

Hiking across Bukhansan National Park from Bulgwang to Bukhansan Ui

Lets get going with this. The main National Park within the suburbs of Seoul is Bukhansan. It is huge. There are lots of subway stations for hiker....

Dam dirty and noisy hike

16 November 2019

Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Dam dirty and noisy hike

From Okutama station to Mount Gozenyama to Lake Okutama

Dont let the above title fool you. Today was an excellent hike. Lots and lots of photos so I wont type too much here. I say than often then type a....

No ice just blue skies

13 November 2019

Japan-Hiking-Mount Bandai - No ice just blue skies

Climbing Mount Bandai from Inawashiro station

Today was the longest hike of the trip so far. Unless I get lost somewhere on my 3 remaining hiking days, it will likely remain the longest hike o....

Repeat visit

11 November 2019

Japan-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Yamadera - Repeat visit

Omoshiroyamakogen canyon to Yamadera shrine

I have been here before and done exactly this journey before. Top tip for using my site, click the search thing and click the tag for the name of ....

Ice capades on magic mountain

10 November 2019

Japan-Yamagata-Hiking-Mount Zao - Ice capades on magic mountain

Climbing Mount Zao without the cable car

There will be no crater lake photo. There will be lots of photos of ice, lots and lots of ice. It is hard to photograph the wind, but I think you ....

Fast run up an icy mountain

6 November 2019

Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanigawa-Doai Station - Fast run up an icy mountain

From Doai station to Mount Tanigawa and back in 4.5 hours

Lots and lots of photos today, so I will do most of my boring nonsense dribbling with the photos. In summary, today was one of my best hikes ever....

A walk in the volcano park

3 November 2019

Japan-Hiking-Mount Akagi - A walk in the volcano park

Mount Akagi daytrip from Takasaki

Its the second day of a three day weekend here in Japan, and people are daytripping all over the place. So I decided to go to a very popular spot.....

Au naturale hiking trail

1 November 2019

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kuratake - Au naturale hiking trail

Mount Takahata and Mount Kuratake from Torisawa to Yanagawa stations

SPLENDIFEROUS weather. No wind, no cloud, forecast max of 21C. You know what that means. Todays hike was out on the Chuo line. This line was badl....

Three peak party

30 October 2019

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Iwatakeishiyama - Three peak party

Climbing three mountains near Mitake including Iwatakeishiyama

Awesome weather, lets get hiking! Todays hike started from Mitake, the main village up the very picturesque and familiar to me Ome line. Most peop....

Expensive trip to small mountain

28 October 2019

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Expensive trip to small mountain

Daytrip to hike Mount Tsukuba using public transport

Today I went to the second most popular mountain near Tokyo, Tsukuba. Strangely I have not been here before, I thought I had, but my memory was wr....

There is no traffic in London

13 July 2019

England-London-Food-Oxford Street - There is no traffic in London

The area north of Kings Cross is now completely gentrified

Like the title says, the first thing I noticed tonight, no traffic. The daily consumption tax thing for crossing the red line and entering the cit....

Palatial botany

7 July 2019

France-Versailles-Palace-Garden - Palatial botany

Palais de Versaille / Palace of Versailles - France

On previous trips I have been to the eyefull tower, I have been to the champs a lease a and I have been to the arch of trump. I had not been to th....

Looking down on the airport

24 April 2019

Hong Kong-Hiking-Sunset Peak - Looking down on the airport

Hiking up and over sunset peak from Tung Chung station

Last full day in Hong Kong. Last opportunity for a hike. Good weather. No jokes no tangents no segue, lets get going. Shit too late, until just no....

Surprise waterless hike

14 April 2019

Hong Kong-Hiking-Lion Rock - Surprise waterless hike

Hiking from Nathan Road up Beacon Hill over Lion Rock and back again

It was supposed to be pouring with rain all day. I got up and peered out the window, it looked like any other rainy day. I went outside thinking I....

Seven and a half years later

9 April 2019

Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Gwanaksan - Seven and a half years later

Hiking over wonderful Gwanaksan from Sadang station

So, 7.5 years ago I came to Korea, and climbed over Gwanaksan. You can find that by looking at my old trip report from 2011, ALL MY CONTENT IS ALL....

Fog shots

5 April 2019

Korea-Hiking-Gyeryongsan - Fog shots

Taking the bus to Gyeryongsan national park to go hiking in the fog

Today I spent many hours hiking in fog. The actual place was called Gyeryongsan national park, which is located a short bus ride to the west of do....

The first of many identical mountains

1 April 2019

Korea-Hiking-Suraksan - The first of many identical mountains

Hiking Suraksan via Danggogae subway station

YESSSSS!!! Today I get to upload about 1000 almost identical over sharpened over saturated photographs of brown mountains with grey rocks. The goa....

Magnificent Lake Okutama

20 November 2018

Japan-Okutama-Lake-Hiking - Magnificent Lake Okutama

Hiking from Okutama station to Lake Okutama and hiking a lap of the lake

Well that all took longer than expected. So long that I didnt even come back to the hotel between todays activity and dinner, more on that later, ....

Hiking with others

17 November 2018

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kawanori - Hiking with others

Hiking Mount Kawanori from Okutama station

Today was a long day, a long day hiking near Tokyo on a Saturday, which meant there were other people. At times lots of other people, but at other....

All about the bridge

15 November 2018

Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - All about the bridge

Hiking a lap of Nagasaki over the amazing Megami bridge

As you shall see, today is all about the bridge, but also a tunnel, and also Mitsubishi, and also a more than 30km great loop around the Nagasaki ....

And now for the view

3 May 2018

China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Temple of God - And now for the view

City God pavilion of Hangzhou

Hangzhou was nice the last time I came here, apart from the areas that were huge muddy holes in the ground with all the buildings removed on both ....

The west lake of the northern capital

17 April 2018

China-Beijing-Summer Palace - The west lake of the northern capital

Exploring the summer palace by subway

Today I went to another top tourist attraction, the summer palace. I had never been there before. Parts of it are modeled on the famous west lake ....

A really long journey to a really big wall

16 April 2018

China-Great Wall-Mutianyu - A really long journey to a really big wall

Getting to the great wall at Mutianyu on the bus

The pollution came back, but the weather is still good. Its Monday so crowds should be low, time to go to the great wall of China. When I went in ....

All the views

11 November 2017

Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - All the views

Hiking Mount Tanzawa from Shibusawa station and the amazing views of Mount Fuji

OK, I took 43 pictures today, so this description will be brief, and lacking any kind of tangents or bonus observations not related to the day. I ....

Primordial typhoon deer attack

3 November 2017

Japan-Nara-Hiking-Deer - Primordial typhoon deer attack

Hiking all the way to the top of Nara

Today I went to Nara, fought off a lot of deer, walked 35km including through a primordial forest, and was again thwarted by the typhoon from goin....

Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

27 October 2017

Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Kunozan Toshogu-Hiking - Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

Hiking up and over Kunozantoshogu in Shizuoka

Today I took a train, walked through the city then strolled up a small mountain, took in the view of Fuji, hopped on a short ropeway ride across a....

Ropes and ladders

30 March 2017

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Wuliaojian - Ropes and ladders

Day trip to hike Wuliaojian

Its my last full day in Taiwan, so its time for one last mountain! According to most people, its the greatest mountain possible to climb in a day ....

Windy teapot

28 March 2017

Taiwan-Jiufen-Hiking-Teapot Mountain - Windy teapot

Hiking the teapot mountain in Jiufen

There were 3 things I was sure I wanted to do whilst in Taiwan on this trip. Go to Taroko gorge, go to sun moon lake, and climb the teapot mountai....


10 March 2017

Taiwan-Hualien-Taroko Gorge - Engorged

Day trip to Taroko Gorge from Hualien

Today I went to Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwans 2 main tourist attractions. Dont worry I am going to the other one as well later in my trip. I know y....

White flag

5 November 2016

Japan-Sendai-Omoshiroyama-Hiking-Yamadera - White flag

Hiking along the canyon from Omoshiroyama to Yamadera

Today I had to wave the white flag and retreat back down a mountain I did not even intend to climb. The plan was to go to a remote station with a ....

Terrible sign failure

30 October 2016

Japan-Sapporo-Hiking-Snow-Mount Soranuma - Terrible sign failure

Hiking Mount Soranuma near Sapporo by bus

I thought there might be a bit of snow. Turns out there was endless snow. I thought it might be cold on top of a mountain, turns out it was absolu....

Volcanic gas panic

23 October 2016

Japan-Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpine-Hiking - Volcanic gas panic

Climbing Tateyama on the Kurobe alpine route

Today I climbed one of Japans 3 sacred mountains located on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The alpine route goes from Toyama, across, above and....

Thousands of flying creatures

7 June 2016

Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Thousands of flying creatures

Hiking Patscherkofel in Innsbruck

Somehow I deleted what I wrote here? No idea how. Oh well. I think it spoke about how I climbed the mountain swatting at various bugs.

I made it in 9 hours

5 June 2016

Germany-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Hiking-Zugspitze-Snow - I made it in 9 hours

Hiking up Zugspitze via the Reintal route

It was a long fun day. Opinions were mixed on if climbing the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m), was possible so early in the season.....

Other people

23 November 2015

Japan-Fukuoka-Hiking-Mount Homan-Dazaifu - Other people

Hiking Mount Homan in Dazaifu

Its a national holiday, theres only one mountain of note that people living here go to, its peak leaf season, the internet warned of jam packed tr....

Not a bad view

16 November 2015

Japan-Hiroshima-Hiking-Kawajiri-Norosan - Not a bad view

A hiking day trip to Norosan near Hiroshima by train to Kawajiri station

Theres not a lot of mountains near Hiroshima, but I found them anyway. Todays mountain of sorts, was called Mount Noro, which is in Kure city sout....

Grey day on a bald mountain

13 November 2015

Japan-Nagoya-Hiking-Fujiwaragatake - Grey day on a bald mountain

Hiking Fujiwaragatake in the Suzuka range near Nagoya

Its Friday the 13th. I cant quite provide a night on a bald mountain to celebrate, but I can instead go up a bald mountain on a very grey day. I s....

Long day at altitude

10 November 2015

Japan-Nagoya-Mount Gozaisho-Hiking - Long day at altitude

Climbing Mount Gozaisho as a daytrip from Nagoya

Today was an excellent, long day. So long in fact that I was gone almost 12 hours. I opened google maps and scrolled around until I saw mountains.....


24 March 2015

Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Dobongsan - Rockfall

Hiking Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park

The last mountain! It was the most technically challenging, with lots of sheer rock faces to ascend with footholds and cables and opportunities to....

Yellow sand day

22 March 2015

Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Baegundae - Yellow sand day

Hiking Baegundae Bukhansan national park

Sorry to disappoint, but it is again mountain hike day. Todays hike was to Baegundae peak in the hugely popular Bukhansan national park, by far th....

Rain gone, mountain time

19 March 2015

Korea-Gwangju-Hiking-Mudeungsan - Rain gone, mountain time

Hiking magnificent Mudeungsan near Gwangju

I woke up excited, mountain day! I leapt out of bed and felt minor pain, in my ribs. My bed is so hard I believe I have bruised ribs whilst sleepi....

Great wall of Korea

12 March 2015

Korea-Busan-Hiking-Geumjung - Great wall of Korea

Hiking Geumjung in Busan

In about 1600, Korea and Japan were having one of their regular wars. To stop this, Korea decided to build a wall along the mountains that surroun....

Its the final mountain

26 March 2014

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Guanyinshan - Its the final mountain

It was with a deep sadness that today I ascended my final mountain of this trip. Tomorrow I fly out of Taipei at 19:30, connection in Hong Kong at....

Me vs the volcano

23 March 2014

Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Me vs the volcano

Today I went to Yangmingshan national park, just north of Taipei. I have been there before and got lost, its huge, theres a lot of different peaks....