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Byeong Bawi Submitted on March 22nd, 2006 by skinsk Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Jeollabuk-Do City: Jeongeup
Park: n/a Rating: 5.11 - 5.11 Style: Sport
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Similar to Halmaebawi and nearby. There are 4 routes in the 11c-d range (routes A-D). . . so not much variety. The limestone tower is hard-to-miss, with a scary overhanging outward face! Don't worry, the climbs are on the back.

From Halmaebawi, head N along the road that follows the river, crossing the main road that leads to the Jeonju IC (if you were to turn right). The road leads to a school (아산초등학교). You'll see a shrine and some nice rocks. This is Jeonjwae Am, which also has some routes on it, but it appears they have recently added to this religious site and getting to the climbing would require tresspassing and climbing obvious gates. You'll follow the rock left for 500m (at some point parking and walking along the raised "path") until you see the unmistakeable rock. The routes are around the back, follow obvious trails.

Safety Concerns
Bolts looked OK-- all put in about the same time as the original climbs at Halmaebawi. We only saw one anchor, though, so I'd start with this route, and be sure there are anchors for the others or bring a bailer! Likely to be some loose debris, as it's shady and doesn't get much use. There were a few decent belay positions, and a nice rock for lunch/watching, but the ground just below the routes was a little slopy and not so clear.

Gear to Bring
A rope and sport rack will suffice.

Additional Comments
Don't let the massive outward facing overhang scare you, the routes are on the back, making this a shady and quiet escape from Halmae during the summer when the crowds are swarming and the sun is hot (it's in the shade). Perfect if you are in the 11c/d range! Not much for anyone else, except maybe an interesting boulder traverse as you walk in.

Comment added by ricardo on September 6th, 2006
You can also access Byeong Bawi from the Seonunsan side. (see nav. photo)
Follow directions to Soksal/Mun Bawi from I-15 to the sharp right/steep hill portion. As you're heading downhill take the first left you come to (a small single lane 'road'). You will come to a 'T' in the road shortly; take a left uphill (don't go right, it will take you towards the river). From here, continue on the roads that look the most developed until you come to a levee and bridge. Look to your left and you will see the towering rock. Drive down the levee, park, enjoy!
note: You may need to bushwhack the vines the first 10m or so in late season to get to the obvious trails.

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