Cheong Seok Gul View Full Version of Cheong Seok Gul

Province Name: Chungcheongbuk-Do
City Name: Cheongju
Type of Area: Rock Climbs

Cheong Seok Gul is a small roadside crag. There are about 10 climbs on this sedimentary face. Most of the climbs are about 15 meters long. Almost all the climbs start on some degree of overhang. The anchors seem pretty good though a few of the bolts near the bottom of the climbs are bad. There is at least one anchor about 60 meters high, though I didn't climb the long pitch(s) to get there.

The easiest climb here is a 5.10c. After that there is a 5.10d, some 5.11a's and b's and then on to some harder 5.11's and a few 5.12's thrown in for good measure.

Cheong Seok Gul is 3 kilometers southeast of Miwon. Miwon is about 20 kilometers east of Cheongju. From the Miwon bus terminal, take highway 19 southeast 3 kilometers. You will see a sign that says Cheong Seok Gul (Cheong Seok Cave) where you take a left. Drive down the tiny road about 400 meters where the road ends at the face of the wall. If you took a bus to Miwon, you could easily take a taxi to the wall.

Safety Concerns
On a few of the routes, the first one to three bolts are really bad, rusty and sketchy. After that, the bolts seem fine.

Gear to Bring
10 draws and a 50 meter rope is good for any of the single pitches. Not sure what you need for the long multi-pitch.

Additional Comments
There are bathrooms and drinkable running water at the base of the climbs. Supermarket a short walk away. An interesting cave and river are right at the base as well.

Given the small size of the climbing area, if there are a lot of climbers, you might have to wait your turn.

More Comments
Comment added by swixjohnson on April 18th, 2011
Cheong Seok Gul is fairly easy to drive to. I think the Bus would be a tough way to get there, especially if you were starting from anywhere except Cheongju.

Driving; you can take take highway route #30 to route 19 as earlier stated. Once exiting the highway, head North and you will soon see signs for Miwan. It takes about 20 minutes from highway #30 exit to the crag.