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Mun Bawi Submitted on April 26th, 2004 by CHOI BAWI Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Jeollabuk-Do City: Jeongeup
Park: Seonunsan Park Rating: 5.7 - 5.11 Style: Sport
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Mun Bawi is a sharp limestone face with plenty of small "pockety" holds; and although the face is contaminated with moss, it doesn't appear to be a very big deal. There is a single 5.11b layaway crack. There are no dramatic overhangs to speak of. All fifteen routes are very well-bolted climbs.

Follow the same directions to Soksal Bawi; however, just past the steel staircase above the reservoir hook a left at the "문바위" sign. The trail will dip down to the reservoir, cross a small creek(bed) and run up alongside the creek(bed) for roughly five minutes. Your keen climber's sense will lead you to the base of the wall.

Safety Concerns
The rock is a bit on the rotten side; pebble size chunks may fall, so bring your helmet. Crimpers have been known to pop off. The bolted anchors vary from nearly excellent to "iffy" due to the active corrosion of the steel cable clamps. The abseil rings or hooks appear safe enough, but some, again, on the "iffy" side.

Gear to Bring
A minimum of five quick draws and a maximum of twelve quick draws are required for the longest route, respectively. A sixty meter rope would be best here, although a fifty meter rope will just barely sufice. A full rack of friends might be fun to explore the crack that runs adjacent with to the 5.11b route. Extra slingage and a few extra locking carabiners may come in handy for the top-ropers.

Additional Comments
The trees make for a cool belay stance in the morning and rock face is shadowed from the afternoon sun. There is a stream on the approach in and the reservoir, too. Use your common sense and boil the water. There is a gorgeous place bivvy or pitch tent around and to the top of Mun Bawi. Mun Bawi is a great place for starters and advanced climbers alike. This is a very peaceful and infrequently visited area for those who are looking to get away from the crowds.

Comment added by skinsk on June 8th, 2006
Bus schedule for Gochang-Sununsan posted under navigational images for Soksal Bawi.

Comment added by skinsk on September 20th, 2011
Camping and open fires are now prohibited everywhere in the park except for the designated campground. Please respect this-- or you risk not just a hefty fine-- but putting this brilliant climbing at risk!

Comment added by skinsk on October 13th, 2018
The campground is now closed through 2019!

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