The six-minute cable ride was a thrill in itself. We were grateful to have by-passed the steep and arduous climb up - especially after having descended the challenging trail at the end of the day! The craggy peaks that greeted us were beginning to boast an array of autumn color.
A short steep climb took us to the shaky Geumgang suspension bridge with a view of the intimidating Samseon stairway in the distance. The relatively short bridge spans a deep chasm across the mountain which provides nice views if you can steady it's sway to snap a photo or two.
The mountainous terrain of Korea is breathtakingly beautiful. While the solid granite peaks are reminiscent of the Rocky Mountains of Utah, the lush green vegetation is purely Korean. In the distance we caught a glimpse of our next obstacle - the steep, 70-degree inclined red metal staircase. The climb up it seemed longer than it appears, and the most daunting part for me was turning around on the stairway to snap photos documenting our success. The narrow stairs provided little turning radius and for one with some fear of heights, I had to focus my gaze on the solid encasing of the staircase. But, wow, what spectacular views!
Atop the highest peak, we could vaguely discern the tower which marked our goal. In true Korean fashion, the remainder of the climb was rugged and steep. Our success was cheered by hikers who preceded us to the summit.
The brisk cool air turned cold upon my clothes which were damp with sweat as we began our sharp descent down Daedunsan. Crowds waiting to ride the cable-car spurred our desire to traverse the remaining trails to the bottom. The wobbly-legged task was difficult but satisfying and our timing perfect. Daylight began to fade as we drove 1 1/2 hours south to Guwangu.
If this post hasn't inspired you yet, then this photo, taken from a wall in the cable-car lobby, might be just the inspiration you need to make the trek to the dramatically daring Daedunsan!