|Launching-Ceremony for the
2007 Baekdu-daegan Expedition
Sunday September 2nd, 2007
|New Zealanders Roger Shepherd and Andrew Douch started on their 2007
Baekdu-daegan Expedition on September 2nd at the area known to
Koreans as Beobgyesa-ipgu in eastern Jiri-san National Park.
|the "2007 Baekdu-daegan Expedition Team" and a sponsor, L to R: Korea Mountaineering League President
Shawn Morrissey, Expedition-Hiker Andrew Douch, ROK Ambassador of Tourism and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Chairperson, our
intended-but-failed sponsor Dho Young-shim, Expedition-Hiker Roger Shepherd and Korean Tourism Professor David A. Mason
Above us: the holy-mother-spirit of Jiri-san. Yes, the first word on the banner is mis-spelled; "Backdu" should be "Baekdu"...
|The Beobgyesa-ipgu site, on that cloud-covered, sometimes-raining morning of 2007.09.02
|With the Korean Banner, L to R: KyungHee Professor David Mason, Expedition-Hiker Roger Shepherd,
Dho Young-shim, Expedition-Hiker Andrew Douch and the KML's Shawn Morrissey.
|Korea Freedom League President Dr. Kwon Jung-dal (center, red towel) with some
local KFL members and some of the staff, here to wish the hikers a good journey.
|Roger and Andrew actually begin their great Expedition, which was planned to take almost 70 days from
here at Jiri-san to end with a trip to Geumgang-san after finishing the hiking at Seorak-san, in early November.