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SuAmBong Submitted on March 30th, 2007 by dehaan Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Ansan
Park: n/a Rating: 5.9 - 5.12 Style: Sport
Views: 7762 Photos: 7 Photo(s) - Add Photos Maps: 2 Image(s) - Add Images

A couple of short face climbs located in three different spots. grades and names are marked at the bottom of the climb. one bolted boulder as well. not bad if you live in the area.

three directions you can hit it from. it resides somewhere in the middle of all three, but closer to ansan than shindorim.

Shindorim Station - take exit 1, cross the street and turn left. get bus 300, 310, or 320.

Anyang station. take exit 1 cross the street and continue walking perpendicular to the train tracks. at the next major street there should be a bus stop on the left. get a 350 bus

Ansan station. get off at jungang station, out exit 1 and cross the street. turn left walk to the next street and turn right. follow this through the downtown area and to the next major street. should be 4th street up. turn right and their is a major bus stop. from here you can get bus 30-2, 30-7, or 350. these buses also go past a small climbing wall near the ansan youth centre.

in all cases get of at this bus station - 안산동주유소
or just tell the driver you are looking for SuAmBong. if you are coming from shindorim or anyang cross the street and turn left, in case of ansan continue in the same direction as the bus.
next major street turn right, folow it towards the mtn. requires some zigzagging. there is an obvious mtn parking lot and rest area.

from here you can see the main face. it is half way up the mtn. not the top. take the trail on the right. stay right. follow it past the first and easy water spigot across a bridge and up to the first major rest area. 20 min hike? about a 10 metres past here try to find a small trail or bushwack to the left.

Safety Concerns
Everything is in good shape. The routes were put up and are maintained by the local climbing gym

Gear to Bring
8 draws should do

Additional Comments
there is a mountain spring on the way up

Comment added by skinsk on June 1st, 2007
Here's a Korean website with route info for Suambong.

The topo is pretty easy to follow, though. The far left tells which "face/rock" then route name, grade, how many meters high, 훼이스 (face) or 오버행 (overhang), number of bolts, first ascentionist.

Comment added by skinsk on October 15th, 2007
OK, this area is actually two areas on Suri-san, but well below the peak, Suam-bong. The main area (described here) is Uri-am (Our Rock) and there's a lesser area just below called Jeonmyeon "ses". The latter has only 5 routes, with grades on the rock and on a yellow sign. The highest has just 4 bolts and is maybe 10 meters (I'm probably generous!).

The best way to get to the rock is to take the trail heading left just before you get to a nice bridge on the main trail. . . (look under navigational photos). (this is quite a bit more than 10 meters past the "rest area". . . but an obvious trail that leads to signs for the crag). From the main trail you'll see rock (though not the main crag) at the turnoff. In a few minutes, you'll come to a talus field. Cross and head up slightly until you see the trail resume. It's pretty steep, so try to stay on the trail to avoid erosion. A yellow sign will point out both crags (see navigational photos).

The rock is quite sharp, and extenders will help preserve your rope, especially if you plan to TR. Some of the cruxes are awkward-- again, watch your rope! I'd really be hard-pressed to recommend this place (maybe to someone I didn't like?!)-- there are so few routes and they are so short and just not so exciting! And ouch, my fingers hurt more than 2 days in Bukhansan!

Comment added by skinsk on October 15th, 2007
oh-- the fishhooks here (anchors) are pretty corroded-- the worst I've seen in Korea. You definitely don't want to TR off them, but you might want to bring something to back them up!

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