The Bukhansan National Park Forest Service is in the works of creating a new climbing policy. It has got the Korean climbing community very worked up and disappointed right now. The Forest Service wants to enforce a climbing policy which would require all climbers to register permission to climb three days prior to the climbing dates. This would mean a lot of extra red-tape and huge fines for violators. For those of you who have climbed in Bukhan National Park, your comments would be interesting to read. Please post 'em.
The owner of our gym seemed to be saying that this policy doesn't apply to day trips, it's just about the campground. Maybe they are having a problem with overuse and high-impact?
Because I haven't climbed there much, I can't really say, but I have heard that there is usually a high (sometimes frighteningly so) number of climbers and campers up there. This policy sounds similar to others that are in effect worldwide at popular climbing/outdoor recreation areas. Hopefully, it will be beneficial for the environment there, and help to create a positive experience for the climbers that do go there. If this is indeed about environmental impact and safety, good on Korea for being pro-active. It might suck in terms of red-tape and all, but hopefully it will be worth it.
Our owner has said that he'll look into it more, so hopefully we can get some actual facts and details soon.
My apologies for not being more specific.
The Bukhansan National Forest Service would enact this policy to reduce the number of accidents and the negative environmental impact climbers "seem" to have in those climbing areas. The majority of accidents are scramblers who are ill-equipped and lack little, if no, real climbing experience.
Enacting such a policy will not reduce the number of climbing, not "scrambling"-I reiterate, accidents in the Bukhansan National Park.
The only realistic way to reduce climbing related accidents is to mandate all Koreans to go to climbing school of some sort or another--and what country does that?
Aside from a few cigarette butts, here and there, the majority of Korean climbers do a good job of "leaving no trace", cleaning up the messes of others, and for the most part, camp in the designated campground areas.
As for feces far from the out-houses, there are consensual discreet areas that most of them know of and use. As unappealing as it may be, if you're unlucky enough, the impact of these "defecation" spots is barely noticeable for the most part.
Does the foreign climbing community really want this? It'd be another form that would have to be filled out and sent in to the National Park Service three days prior--which would also entail approval by the Park Service.
I am sure that the National Park Service would love to hear your opinions. Believe it or not, the "wae-gugin" community might have some influence. Get a Korean friend to help you on this---
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