I quite enjoyed my trip to Chiaksan. The park seems more public friendly, with more signs and difficulty ratings for various parts of the hike are all described. It was another day of great weather and I started cold but was soon carrying my coat. At the peak, the wind was gentle enough that I rested there a bit before descending.
On the way to the parking lot, I found this sign. I've seen signs for tanks elsewhere in Gangwondo but not in Sokcho-Yangyang and I was happy to finally photograph one.
I had likewise seen this type of caccoon elsewhere but hadn't taken a picture of it. A coworker suggested that it was chemically tricking the tree into retaining the leaf, perhaps as a temperature control measure. I have no idea what's inside it.
Handsome guy with no coat:
Please click to embiggen this picture. I am quite proud of how the ice crystals turned out.
At the peak: Chiaksan is enough lower than Seoraksan, that despite the very steep climb and descent, my knees were not totally worn down.
I have more photos and some video, but I will post those after returning home and using something other than this poor nine-year-old notebook. It has served me well this camp, but it doesn't have many features (Thanks go out to Firefox, which has breathed new life into it. Google Chrome won't run on it).