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Soksal Bawi Submitted on April 25th, 2004 by Eric Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Jeollabuk-Do City: Jeongeup
Park: Seonunsan Park Rating: 5.8 - 5.13 Style: Sport
Views: 6850 Photos: 34 Photo(s) - Add Photos Maps: 4 Image(s) - Add Images

Description
Mostly overhanging limestone rock. Some of the routes offer up friendly jugs, while others only provide the small crimper or slopper.

A good majority of the climbs are 5.11 and 5.12. There are a handful of beginner climbs and 5.10s. If you head to the large boulder to the right of the main wall you will find some easier climbs.

Behind the main wall, about a 5-8 minute hike is the 'Wind Tunnel'. The place looks like a cave where the top has been ripped off. Most of the climbs on these walls are 5.12 or 5.13. On summer days you can find some pretty hardcore climbers putting up routes back there.


Directions
Head to Seonunsan Provincial Park. Follow the main road in all the way to the small resevoir (about 20-30 minutes). Follow the road over the resevoir to the right and you will come to a metal staircase. Go up the stairs and follow the trail to the right. When you come to the Mun Bawi junction, continue heading right. After about 5-10 minutes you will see a white sign that says (in Korean) Soksal Bawi. Take a left there and follow that trail for about 5 minutes to the base of the climbing wall.

To get to the Wind Tunnel, follow either trail that leads to the left or the right of the Soksal wall. Basically, the Wind Tunnel is on the other side of the wall.


Safety Concerns
Although lots of people climb this area, there are still lots of small loose rocks on the climbs. Be careful if you are hanging out below a climber.


Gear to Bring
Take about 15 quickdraws and a 50 meter rope. Some popular routes have quickdraws on them that live there year round. This is very convenient if you think you might not be able to finish the climb.


Additional Comments
Water, food and telephone are about 30 minutes away. The sun fades into the trees and behind the wall early in the afternoon.



Comment added by kirbyf16 on August 21st, 2005
For the nerds among us with GPS's
N35 28 37.8 E126 33 54.8
is at the base.

Comment added by yohja134 on April 15th, 2007
Updated Directions --
Enter main gate of Seonunsan Park.
Walk along the road about 15 minutes until passing a temple on the righthand side. Soon there is a bridge on the left leading to restrooms and small dining area, minbak. Cross the bridge and continue through the dining area, onto a trail beginning with a single chain. This trail leads to a large beautiful reservoir. Follow the road over the resevoir to the right and you will come to a metal staircase. Go up the stairs and follow the trail to the right. When you come to the Mun Bawi junction, continue heading right. After about 5-10 minutes you will see a white sign that says (in Korean) Soksal Bawi. Take a left there and follow that trail for about 5 minutes to the base of the climbing wall.

To get to the Wind Tunnel, follow either trail that leads to the left or the right of the Soksal wall. Basically, the Wind Tunnel is on the other side of the wall.

Comment added by ricardo on May 27th, 2008
note about wind tunnel: there are 3 short 5.9's and several very fine 11's. the tunnel (aka tugu bawi) is not only for the hard core. hike to the bottom of the tunnel and to the right and you'll find a handful of 10's. they're decent climbs with nice views, but watch out for loose rock.

Comment added by skinsk on June 1st, 2008
Directions to the park-- There's a Seonunsan exit on Expressway 15, or road 22 from Gochang. . . plenty of signs all the way there. . .

By bus-- the closest "major" bus stop is Gochang, with inner-city busses to most decent-sized cities, though not all that frequent. Call 063)1330 for info in English. From Gochang terminal you can catch a bus directly to the park (I posted a pic of the bus times a bit ago under navigational photos, but double check as times change), or take a taxi if you have enough people to split the cost (W25k or so). The closest train station is Jeong-eup, and there are 4-6 busses daily from Jeong-eup (bus terminal isn't too far from the station) to Seonunsan-- as well as frequent busses to Gochang. There were a few direct busses from Gwangju to the park as well.

Comment added by skinsk on June 1st, 2008
Directions to the park-- There's a Seonunsan exit on Expressway 15, or road 22 from Gochang. . . plenty of signs all the way there. . .

By bus-- the closest "major" bus stop is Gochang, with inner-city busses to most decent-sized cities, though not all that frequent. Call 063)1330 for info in English. From Gochang terminal you can catch a bus directly to the park (I posted a pic of the bus times a bit ago under navigational photos, but double check as times change), or take a taxi if you have enough people to split the cost (W25k or so). The closest train station is Jeong-eup, and there are 4-6 busses daily from Jeong-eup (bus terminal isn't too far from the station) to Seonunsan-- as well as frequent busses to Gochang. There were a few direct busses from Gwangju to the park as well.

Comment added by shanja on September 28th, 2008
The following info on Seonunsan is actually from Sonia (skinsk) not me, but I thought if posted here it would be useful. Thanks Sonia!

For those who work late and head down to Seonunsan, there are 2 jjimjilbangs now across the street from the bus terminal in Gochang. For W7,000, you can clean off and rest up and get the early bus for Seonunsan. The last bus leaves Gochang for Seonunsan at 8:15 PM. . . and while you could take a taxi, this is another good alternative.

Comment added by skinsk on September 19th, 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 Crackbuster on May 24th, 2012
Bus from Seoul-Gochang:
Look for Honam-line at Central City, just beside Gangnam Express bus terminal. 7:00-19:00; 15300 Won; takes avg.3,5h with one stop of 15 min.

Bus from Gochang-to Seonunsan: 2300WON.



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