Nine Dragons! Your Kung-Fu is Weak!!!
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Wow, Iâ€™m finally finding some time to write about some of last yearâ€™s trips! This story has to be told. The mountain that I climbed with my buddy Terry is known as Chiak-san. There is a really cool Buddhist temple at the base built near the â€śNine Dragon Pool.â€ť I was there a couple years ago and we thought about climbing the mountain, but it was March, it was bloody cold and there was snow and ice all over the place. So this time I wanted to be sure to climb it since I wasnâ€™t sure when if ever I would return to
So the story of the mountain and the temple is that some bad ass monk wandered up to the pool and found nine dragons drinking from the cool waters.
My friend and I decide to power up the mountain. After all, if monks with baskets of rocks can climb it easily, so can we, right? Well, one thing they donâ€™t mention is that Koreans donâ€™t believe in switch backs (not sure what these are called outside of the US, but basically for huge elevation gains, trails are usually cut back and forth at the expense of a longer trip up.) Basically, this trail goes straight up the mountain. Theyâ€™ve built stairs in places, ropes, and the trail is very steep. Good thing we didnâ€™t really attempt it too vigorously the previous trip. Ice would have been a real problem.
Anyway, we made it to the top, the view was very cool and I was amazed at just how big the rock piles were. Poor monks!