This story popped up in the Korean news a couple of weeks back and I’ve finally had a chance to translate it. I think it will give walkers a sense of how remote Jeju Olle Trail is and what some of the remotest routes are.
Now, I must say Jeju Olle has nothing like the 100 Mile Wilderness (160km) on the Appalachian Trail. Really. In fact at the end of a day after completing a route you’ll always be very close to a bus stop or buildings with people.
The Jeju Radio Management Office identified 19 locations on the trail where there is poor or no connection for mobile devices (though the chart below has 18 locations).
JRMO first measured the trail area with various telecom provider equipment and in an area they found an issue then tried to place a call.
In total 4.5 km out of our total 422 km path have poor or no connection areas with the shortest area being 50 meters and the longest area at 700 meters.
Here is the full list. The second numbers column denotes which route. The larger number on the right denotes the length of the connection problem in meters.
|3||3||Sonangbat Forest Trail||200|
|6||5||Ye Cheonmang Mang Oreum||100|
|7||7-1||Gogeunsan – Chenambokji Center 1||100|
|8||7-1||Gogeunsan – Chenambokji Center 2||170|
|9||9||Baksugijeong Jandibat (grass field)||200|
|10||11||Sinpyeong Gotjawal Forest Trail||700|
|12||13||Teukjeonsa Forest Trail to Gosari Forest Trail||400|
|13||14||Gulreongjin Forest Trail to Mumyeongcheon||100|
|14||14-1||Mureung Gotjawal Forest Trail||700|
|15||14-1||Jeoji Gotjawal Forest Trail||450|
|16||14-1||Jeojigangjeongdongsan – Mundoji Oreum||250|
|17||16||Aewol-eup Goseongcheon Path||150|
|18||18||Samyang Wondangsa, Mungangsa Path||300|
Signs will be installed where these areas begin to inform walkers of upcoming connection problems. Extra base-stations will also be installed especially around Route 3 (Tong Oreum), Route 11 (Sinpyeong Gotjawal Forest Trail) and Route 18 (Samyang Mungangsa).
From my experience Route 14-1 is the most ‘remote’ on Jeju Olle Trail. Much of the day is spent in forest, which is punctuated by the green tea fields of O’sulloc. Despite the jarring introduction to mass tourism on Jeju Island, please take time to stock up there. The middle stamp box is in front of a restaurant that does great lunch box sets.
Other than that watch out for the end of Route 11. If you don’t refill at the last convenience store at Sinpyeong sagori(intersection) then you’ll spend the next couple of hours without chance of resupply.