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Swinjil Bawi Ambyeok Jang Submitted on December 8th, 2006 by skinsk Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Gyeongsangnam-Do City: Sancheong
Park: Jirisan Park Rating: 5.9 - 5.13 Style: Trad/sport
Views: 3408 Photos: 1 Photo(s) - Add Photos Maps: 5 Image(s) - Add Images

Description
쉰질 바위 암벽장 has 14 routes (though some 2-3 pitches and some with variations) were put up in fall 2000. Cracks, faces, overhangs, roofs. Sport routes take up to 12 draws (for a 12d) and up to 2 sets of friends are recommended for the trad climbs (since that's all many Koreans use these days). The longest single pitch is 28 meters.

There is a route map at the base.


Directions
It's a haul if you don't have a car. Just south of Sancheong it's East on road 20 (the Danseong I-C off Expressway 35). Busses from Sancheong and Jinju stop in Wonji, and from there you can get a bus to Deoksan (Sicheon myeon). From there you'd need to get a taxi, but Swinchil Bawi Climbing Wall is actually listed on the printed maps of the area as well as the big tourist map in Wonji. I'll post a navigational photo of the turnoff, which has small signs directing you up. The road gets pretty bad as it continues up and a good 4-wheel drive will get you closer to the obvious rock wall above. It's still a decent hike!


Safety Concerns
Not many other climbers; well bolted, even most cracks have a few bolts. Bring two ropes for an easier rap off the multipitches.


Gear to Bring
For most sport routes 12 draws and a 60 meter rope would work. Two sets of friends are recommended for the cracks, at least in the 2-3-4 sizes.


Additional Comments
Load up on supplies in Deoksan, as there is nothing out by the rock.

A good 4 wheel drive vehicle and a good driver will cut out a lot of walking.



Comment added by nicco33 on June 14th, 2009
For all intents and purposes, Swinjil Bawi can be considered as having been abandoned by the core group of Korean climbers that originally put up the routes. A friend of mine, Lee Young Ho (a member of the Korean Alpine Federation, the Korean Red Cross Search and Rescue squad, and an instructor with the Jirisan Mountaineering School) mentioned the other day that locals haven't been maintaining or even visiting the crag since 2003. This explains why we were unable to find the crag while searching for it over the last couple of weekends; the signs are still intact, but so few people have visited Swinjil Bawi over the last couple of years that the trail's become completely overgrown.

For future reference, if you do choose to visit it, be advised that the trail completely disappears two thirds of the way to the crag. Best come prepared to bushwhack.



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