괜찮아요

(Pronounced: “gwaen-chahn-ayo”) is a Korean phrase that mean’s “It’s alright.” or “Is it alright?”, depending on the intonation. Anyway, it was definitely a phrase used quite a bit on the latest Mountainbeering adventure in Pohang, South Korea.

A crew of us including: myself (American), Brittany and Matt (Canadian) and Jay and Bong (Korean) set out on a gorgeous Sunday in November to hike up in one of Pohang’s forests and have a Mountainbeering picnic! Yes, one of our Korean friend’s name is “Bong”, it’s awesome.

Matt and I lugging the supplies up.

Bong and Jay charging up the hill!!

It wasn’t the most intense hike in the world, but it was really fun for what Korea has to offer. We snaked our way through the forest paths and worked our way uphill to a spot that I frequent, nobody else had been here before, so it was nice to treat them to one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s a great view of the whole city, all the way out to the ocean!

Powerful Pohang!

We hung out for a while at the top. We opted for an array of beers to enjoy: Carlsberg, Budweiser, Black Stout, and Max…pretty much a grab bag of brew at the local convenience store. The afternoon was all about listening to music, seeing if the girls could do pull-ups (not successful), eating sandwiches, and enjoying each others cultural differences…I’m mostly talking about the Canadians on this one.

The spread.

Me showing Canadian Matt some of the sites of Pohang...him probably talking about maple syrup...

Matt taking down some Makoli (Korean wine).

After the picnic, we high-tailed it through another part of the forest to another one of my favorite spots. There’s a cool swing that swings out over an embankment, it’s super fun to play around on, especially after considerable amounts of drinking…

Heading up to the swing!

Getting Bong to swing was tough, but she was a pro!

Brittany showing off, or maybe it was the Soju kicking in?

Me attempting to swing blindfolded, always a good idea after an afternoon of heavy drinking...

In true Korea fashion, no Sunday adventure is complete without a trip to get some Korean Barbecue and then hitting up a karaoke room!!

Me telling Jay some ridiculous fish story...

This sums up the day pretty well.

Anyway, great Sunday-funday. However, when I think back to it my favorite part was definitely the top of the hill that overlooks the city. There is something about earning that first beer that makes it special, no matter how tasteless your options might be. Sometimes the lack of flavor in the beer makes you appreciate the people that are willing to let you drag them uphill to participate in this “Mountainbeering” thing they’ve never heard of before.

International Mountainbeering Ambassadors

Thanks to Jay, Bong, Matt and Brittany, and congrats on becoming Mountainbeer-ers!

For Jay and Bong:

Jay 와 Bong 의 첫번째 Mountainbeering 의 한국여성이 되신것에 그리고 멋진 하루를 만들어 주신것에 감사드립니다.

Cheers!

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About Mountainbeering

Mountainbeering: [moun-tn-beer-ing] –noun 1) Adding a little adventure to your every day beer drinking. 2) The sport of engaging in an outdoor activity accompanied with a select beverage of choice, namely beer. Mountainbeering encourages the appreciation of the simpler things in life. Practiced by anyone with a thirst for both adventure and, well, beer. Enjoy life. Cheers!
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2 Responses to 괜찮아요

  1. Luke says:

    How did you convince Shawn White to go Mountainbeering? And why aren’t you in any of the pictures?

  2. KUTlime says:

    Hi guys,
    are you still in Pohang? I am PhD student and right know I live in Pohang. I work for POSCO and I don’t have anything to do during weekends. I want to meet some new people. 🙂

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