North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has claimed to have made an ascent of the 2,744-metre Mount Paektu. Despite the “thick snow” head made the climb wearing smart black leather shoes.
The peak is an active volcano on the border of China and North Korea. It is also the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast China. Korea considers the mountain and its caldera lake to be their countries’ spiritual home.
Rodong Sinmun, the official state newspaper, said “Mr. Kim said he’d often climbed Mount Paektu, but this is the first time in mid-winter and with such nice weather, rare to be seen even in spring.”
The article continued: “His eyes reflected the strong beams of the gifted great person seeing in the majestic spirit of Mount Paektu the appearance of a powerful socialist nation which dynamically advances full of vigour without vacillation at any raving dirty wind on the planet.”
Images of his so called ascent showed Kim walking in formal attire with shiny, black leather brogues.
He’s either lying about climbing the snowy peak or he’s one of the most stylish peak baggers roaming the hills. You decide.