Thursday, November 03, 2005

Hiking in Korea

Autumn's here. The leaves are reluctantly changing to match the colourful fashions of the season. Soon the numbers of hikers on every mountain in the city will surge. Hence this quick rundown of essential hiking wear in Korea, just so you don't feel left out...

Soft, professional hill-walking boots. (2nd best: trainers.)
Brightly-coloured knee-length socks. (Optional.)
Loose tracksuit-like trousers (perhaps tucked into socks).
A tight long-sleeved T-shirt with a multi-pocketed body warmer over the top.
Gloves. (Even in summer.)
Ski-pole style adjustable professional walking pole. (Don't worry that it's more of a hassle than a help - it looks the part!)
A small, school-trip style rucksack.
Professional sports sunglasses. (Optional.)
For men, a baseball cap and (optionally) a towel hanging round your neck.
For any woman over 35, a welding mask,... I mean, huge sun visor.

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