I decided yesterday to visit Mt. Baekma in this weekend, and I called shinyred to go along with me there. We had appointed 7:00AM in front of TechnoMart to meet.
As you see the picture attached, it was dark when I left home today.
We met on time, and we took a bus no. 1113, and we could reach Ssangyong Apt. before 8:00AM. The first thing what we did here was to buy 2 bottles of local Makgeolli, which would represent the terroir of this place! I heard that local Markgeolli here was delicious, but not as much famous as Makgeollis near in my terroir series. We would feel its taste on top of the Mt. Baekma. Because there is no water in this mountain, you have to prepare a bottle of water, and should prepare a bottle of local Makgeolli too! You can easily get it in a store near the bus stop.
Then, finally we prepared! So we started to seek this cache! But, unfortunately, it is fall. Many fallen leaves hid all rocks and other points where the cache can be hidden. We tried our best here, but we could not find the cache. After 30min search, we gave up, and went to next cache.
After short climbing towards the top of Mt. Baekma, we knew that the direction where we were going toward was not pointed to the next cache! Hey, this direction was guided by signpost! But it was incorrect for geocachers. You should see the attached picture. You should go thru this path for the next cache. We had to return back from the first cache point, and went thru this way.
There are two bottles of local Makgeolli in the shinyred’s backpack.
Tree-lmitation fruit (GC1Z2FC)
On the up-way to this cache, we reached the first scenic point of Mt. Baekma. Here were several tombs, and scenery from here was a little bit good, and it might be better if weather was clean. Today was cloudy and foggy.
Shinyred found the cache near this place.
We also found an interesting bench near this place. I took its picture, and it was attached. This type of benches was common in Mt. Baekma.
Bak-ma san – stairway (GC1Z5P5)
This cache is mystery cache, and actually I don’t like mystery cache. If I was alone here, I would skip this cache. Fortunately, shinyred solved a quiz, and we could try this cache! Thank you, shinyred!
Here, my gpsr pointed at a tree, and shinyred’s pointed other place. After a few minutes individual searches, we found very suspicious place, and immediately we found this cache. I took a coin and left a ring, Dharma LCD cleaner, and 1 EURO in the cache. Shinyred habitually wrote his name and his wife’s name on a log sheet. But because his wife was not with us, he erased her name, and instead, he wrote my nickname.
On the way to next cache from here, we found a benchmark. And we had a short Makgeolli-break. A cup of Makgeolli provided a little energy to us. We had ‘Saeng Makgeolli’ here. It tasted a little bit too sweet, and felt like having a bunch of grape.
Bakma-san 1 (GC1Z2FH)
Here we had the second struggle with fallen leaves, which covered all ground. We tried to search suspicious places where a small cache could hide, but we could not find the cache. Then, shinyred searched hidden places by fallen leaves, and finally we found it. I took a coin and left a heart, a star, and Thailand 1 baht.
Bakma-san 2 (GC1Z2FK)
From Bakma-san 1 cache, we could have an easy walk thru a ridgeline. After short walk, we reached in a peaceful forest. Because shinyred remembered the picture in the cache description, we sought the tree in the picture, and we easily found the cache.
Bakma-san 3 (GC1Z2FM)
On the easy trail thru a ridgeline, we also found this cache.
Bakma-san 4 (GC1Z2FR)
On our walk, we found the place where has a few benches and stretching equipments. We expected that there must be at the most commonplace, but we were wrong. We decided to use our secret weapon, and we found the cache after short search. Our new tool was easy and useful. I think shinyred will introduce it in the log pages of this cache.
Bakma-san 5 (GC1Z2FT)
I remember that here might be the end of easy trail. We could see a steep slope toward the top of Mt. Baekma. Shinyred were seeking the cache a little bit far place because his gpsr pointed at about 10m away of the cache point. I could find the cache at the place where it should be.
Sitting down on a tree-trunk-bench, we filled our energy with a few cups of Makgeolli for the steep slope.
Rock lock rock Rock Lock (GC1ZCYT)
We tried to find rocks, which the cache name emphasized it three times. They were, and it was a scenic point. After short searches around rocks, we found the cache. However, we disappointed a little bit. Was it a regular-size cache? It looked like a small-size cache.
Anyway, we had a short break hear with Makgeolli. We emptied remaining of Saeng Makgeolli here.
We could see a military base far away under the mountain.
Bakma-san 464m (GC1Z2FY)
We felt that we were approaching the top of Mt. Baekma. Cache name said that next cache was on Bakma-san and its height was 464m.
We climbed the mountain with the power of Makgeolli. Finally, we reached the landing place for helicopters. We decided to have a lunch here, because a couple of muggles were having lunch in front of the suspicious place, and we were hungry enough. We had two rolls of Gimbab, bananas, cucumbers, and Makgeolli. As I said before, we bought two bottles of local Makgeolli, one was Saeng (means ‘alive’) Makgeolli, and the other was just a traditional local Makgeolli. We drank up a bottle of Saeng Makgeolli at the previous cache sites. We had a local traditional Makgeolli. It was good! The tastes of a local traditional Makgeolli were well-balanced. Shinyred and I liked it.
It seemed that the couple would stay there longer than we expected. Therefore, I scouted to the cache point, and found that the cache point was not seen by the couple. I called shinyred, and we started searching. A few minutes later, we found the cache.
Nano-Bakma-san pine tree (GC1Z2G0)
After short walk thru a ridgeline, we reached at the next cache point. I followed a direction where my gpsr pointed to, but distance did not decrease and gpsr pointed to 2m continuously. When I knew it, shinyred shouted, ‘I find it!’ Wow, it was the smallest cache I had found so far. Shinyred said that he saw the same size of a cache at other place. We must not find it unless there was a picture in a description.
While we moved to the next cache point, we saw the warning sign of military zone, and road blocked by wire entanglement.
At that time, we met old muggle, who came here from narrow trail at other side. We asked him where we should go, and he guided us to go thru the pathway he came. He asked us where we started and how long we took to here. He surprised to hear our answer that we started from Ssangyong Apt. in Yangbeolri and it took about 4 hours, and said ‘how did it take so long time to come here?’ He could not understand even after our further answer, we did something on the way. How we can make him understand what geocaching is!
After said goodbye to each other, we went to the pathway he came from. Then we found a scenic point on the way to Yongma-bong. Shinyred decided to hide his first cache here!
After hiding, we climbed a steep slope, and finally we reached at Yongma-bong. Shinyred found the cache for a few minutes search.
We decided to have a rest here because there was a good place near the cache point. We unpacked Makgeolli and its subsidiaries (Cucumber and soybean paste (Dwuenjang))
A half-filled bottle was a local traditional wine, and the other filled bottle was nation-wide Makgeolli. Both of we agreed on that a local one was better. You can also see our CITO sticks with a trash bag. This picture was just for taking a picture. We moved to the better place just a few tens of steps away.
We emptied a bottle of local Makgeolli, and had a rest with watching scenery.
Yongmabong 1 (GC1Z2G4)
The hard trail continued here. There were many rocks near the zero point, and fallen leaves hid most of the rocks. However, we could find the cache after a few minutes of search. While searching, I fell down due to broken of my CITO stick, and got a light scratch on my arm.
In the cache container, there was a fish, which my daughter may like. I took a fish, and left a heart shaped accessory. As my expectation, she likes it so much now!
Yongmabong 2 (GC1Z2G6)
We had the third struggle with fallen leaves. We could not find any suspicious place for the cache because we could only see a forest and fallen leaves. We explored here for a while, then we could find some rocks below the fallen leaves, and we found the cache behind some of them.
After that, we started to climb to Balybong.
When we reached at the zero point, we could find large rocks. We searched around rocks, and found the cache easily. This place might be proper for small or regular cache, I think. Our guess was that owner might hide all small or regular caches he brought before this point, and he had to hide a micro-cache here because he might have only micro-caches in his backpack. We could think again about owner’s efforts for hiding the caches in this mountain. Thank you for hiding the caches in this mountain!
Three-forked road(maesan-ri) (GC1Z2GC)
Finally, we reached here. We could easily find the cache because it was hidden with same pattern of one of previous caches in this mountain.
Downhill started from here looked dangerous because it was not only very hard to find the trail, but also we could not see any ground due to fallen leaves.
We refilled our energy with remaining Makgeolli, and started going down.
Do not look away! (GC1Z79Q)
Downhill was difficult due to fallen leaves. After long dangerous downhill, finally, we heard the sound of muggles. We felt that we were entering into the cultural world.
We went to the zero point, and then searched around. Suddenly I saw the cache! What a lucky! The cache was exposed and visible from even 10m away. It might be because all trees here were gardened.
We now enjoyed walking around a campus, and reached at the bus terminal, which was the end of today’s cache hunting.
Shinyred and I talked about the series of caches in Mt. Baekma in a bus, and we concluded that it was very good and quick training course for beginners. In addition, I asked to myself about how to write logs for this kind of series of caches. This series of logs is the answer to this question.
Thank you for all owners who provide us the pleasure and bringing us here. We found 16 out of 17 caches here! So far, it was our highest record found in a day.