2016-10-01 (Saturday) Jeju Olle Trail News and Updates

Today’s Akajabong Volunteer Guide

We have three different guides on three different routes today.

Route 1 / Kim-jun / 21 walkers registered

Route 1-1 (Udo) / Son Gi-jo / 10 walkers registered

Route 18-1 (Chujado) / Lee Seo-hyeong / 1 walker registered

Hong Dal-hyeon sent this completion photo from the bus stop at the end of Route 14-1 yesterday.

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We had a total of 379 registered walkers for the whole of September, but adding walk-ups on the day takes us to a total of 533 guided on the trail for free. Stats below.

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Jeju Walking Weather Report

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Well the rain is due to continue until at least through the morning. High of 26 with lots of cloud and a gentle to moderate easterly wind.  Typhoon Chaba could be influencing Jeju by October 4 (Tuesday).

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[January 2016 Clean Olle Report on Jeju Olle Trail | Route 11 – 17.5km |

The first Clean Olle of 2016 saw volunteers tidy Route 11 on Sat Jan 9, 2016

Getting Going and Collecting

Volunteers trickled in from around 9:00 a.m. to the friendly strains of Jeju Olle’s theme song playing over a speaker and warm drinks and bread sitting on a nearby bench. A good way to fill up to get the day started on a somewhat chilly January morning. After the official and general advice announcements were made we grabbed our tongs and trash bags.

We’re not left to fend for ourselves along the trail as we pick up the trash. For this month we had two support cars following along each providing a place for full bags and provide new bags. More snacks and hot drinks were dispensed too on demand.

The Views

Molseupobong was the only climb of the day. Thanks to the weather there were great views from the top. Gapado and Marado were visible (the end of the Korean peninsular) as were Dansan, Sanbangsan, and the snow covered peak of Halla Mountain. Having not walked Route 11 in a while it came as a slight surprise.

Lunchtime

We sat down for food after the lunchtime rush at a restaurant a hundred meters or so off the trail and right before stepping into a forest section. Jeongsik, which is a simple workingman’s lunch that many eat here in Korea, appeared before us. Including fish, pork meat, a hot soup, and a bowl of white rice. A great re-fill for 6,000 WON each.

An afternoon in Jeju’s Gotjawal Forest

Some of the group decided to call it a day with lunch finished, but another group continued on until the end of the route. However, we did not collect trash. The Gotjawal Forest part of Route 11 is very clean anyway with minimal amounts of rubbish lying around. So it was a chance to walk, talk, and share snack food with fellow volunteers for a few hours. I got speaking to the head of the Completion Club who is a retired Korean special-forces paratrooper. Then I got speaking to one of the ladies working at the Olle airport information desk. We exchanged information and experiences with helping foreign walkers.

The day finished at Mureung-ri Ecological School. It’s a delightful countryside setting for an old school that has been converted into a team building retreat complete with grassed front play ground perfect for summer night barbecues.

February’s Clean Olle

For the second month of the year we’re going on to Route 6 in the Seogwipo area of the island. Route 6 is one of my favorites. Mark in February 13th at 9:30 a.m. from the start point. I’ll be posting more information as the date nears, but if you have any questions send a message.

– By Jim Saunders | English SNS and 2016 Trail Angel

[Monthly Event Reports] ‘Clean Olle’| Route 16 | February 2015

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Here are a few images from Route 16’s Clean Olle which took place on February 14.

There was a good group of volunteers out for this month along with Olle Founder Suh Myeong-suk who walked, collected, and talked with everyone as they went along the coastal section.

A lot of the trash was a mixture of that brought in on the tide and from tourists leaving behind wrappers and plastic drinks cups in rental car rest areas.

A couple of years ago Route 16 was given a really good clean for the walking festival. Yet since that time the trash has come back.

The support team provided much needed refreshments along the route with some pleasant breaks in front of the ocean.

March will see Clean Olle tackle Route 3 (to be fully confirmed) on the south-east tip of the island.

Recruitment period for Jeju Olle Trail’s ‘Belegi Ganse’ Young Supporters. (February 12 – March 1, 2015)

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Jeju Olle Trail is seeking around 30 young supporters to join their ‘Belegi Ganse’ program for the year of 2015.

Young supporters are in their 20’s and 30’s and partake in a number of activities during their time including workshops, regular meetings, ‘Clean Olle’, and promotion of various festivals and events on behalf of Jeju Olle Trail.

For further information on how to sign up please message the office via jejuolle@jejuolle.org. Or send me a message too. I have tales to tell.

* Recruitment period ends on March 1 and members will be announced on March 6.

A day with Jeju Olle Trail’s Young Supporters – 3rd Group Belegi Ganse

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.