Via a reader tip comes this interesting project of a Kiwi who hiked and photographed North Korea’s mountains and is lobbying to open them to outdoor tourism. Though I find the project interesting, as I have stated repeatedly I will never spend any money to support the Kim regime in North Korea. When people travel to North Korea they need to make the decision for themselves on whether they want to give money to the Kim regime that threatens the international community, kidnaps citizens from other countries, sponsors illegal operations, proliferates WMD, represses its people, and sends tens of thousands to gulags. With that said when the Kim regime is gone I would be one of the first people that would sign up to go hiking in North Korea:
Over the past year a New Zealander by the name of Roger Shepherd has had almost unprecedented access to North Korea. He has spent nearly three months in the country over four visits, and was allowed, even encouraged, to travel far and wide into the remotest corners of the country. But how does someone like Shepherd get this kind of access? Is Roger a diplomat? An NGO worker? No, Roger is a hiker.
Owner of Hike Korea, Roger recently lectured a large audience in Seoul’s luxurious Somerset Palace on behalf of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch. Roger was talking to promote a photo journal detailing his extraordinary adventures across the mountains of North Korea, and also to promote his upcoming Korean TV documentary. But for the most of his presentation, self-promotion was left to one side in favor of simply regaling the audience with stories and photos of a very unique trip across the spine of the peninsula.
Discovering Korean Identity Through Mountain Culture is the motto and philosophy of Hike Korea, and having tamed all of South Korea’s mountains Roger set his eyes on discovering the other half of the peninsula. He told the audience that help for his trip had been surprisingly widespread, coming from the NZ-DPRK Friendship Association, MBC TV, and even (through slightly back-door channels) the South Korean Government. [NK News]
You can read more about this at the NK News link to include more pictures and an interview with Roger Shepherd.