The 3rd year of Young Supporters spent a day hiking, eating, and preparing ribbons for Jeju Olle Trail.
Young supporters are aged from high school through to those in their early 30s and are the trail’s way of getting Korean youth involved.
Every year a new group is formed in March. This particular meet up on January 31 was one of the last ones the 3rd group of supporters would be having before the 4th group takes over in 2015.
We spend a lot of time at the Lefthander Guesthouse out in Sewha because the owner, Richard Yu, is a big supporter of Jeju Olle. It is also the home for the 3rd group leaders who have set up a restaurant in the nearby Woljeong Beach area.
After meeting for 10 a.m. we departed for some oreum hiking all together in Richard’s Starex van.
Then it was off into the wilds of Jeju for a chilly and fun walk.
With that done we were feeling peckish so headed to a Chinese restaurant near Gimnyoung Beach called Darehyang. These days on Jeju many restaurants don’t give you enough portion for how much you’ve paid. However, this place proved to be an exception and very filling.
The afternoon session had the volunteers prepare the trail ribbons which in turn would be passed on to route leaders and the exploration team for hanging on the trail.
Basically it involves a lot of cutting and making sure the ends of those cuts are sealed by passing the ribbon over a candle flame.
*If you are interested in joining the 4th group from March 2015 then this is the time to contact us and join up.
* If you are a trail manager and want more information about this program please send a message too. I’d be happy to provide details about the way we do it here on Jeju Island.