Sanirang Alpine Networks‚ will begin its 15th Climbing School Program of the season Sunday, May 05 ~ Junel 02‚ 2013. The climbing school meets every Sunday at 7:30AM at Bukhansan National Park for the five consecutive weeks.
Each week introduction and review of skills will be taught and practiced in preparation for the final fifth week’s summit graduation climb to the top of Insu Peak. All are welcome to join. This program is for those completely new to climbing or those who already have done some climbing and would either like to review or learn more. To get a better idea of what to expect, you can view pictures via: <a href="http://sanirang.net/climbing-school-galleries/">www.sanirang.net/climbing-school-galleries</a>.
The sessions include learning basic rock climbing skills on slab‚ crack and face. Technical skills learned are the basic principles behind climbing safety‚ knots‚ top-rope belaying‚ abseiling and very basic technical multi-pitch skills. The course is designed to learn and practice the fundamentals of climbing in a friendly, safe and laid-back environment. The course also gears clients up for the final multi-pitch climb to the top of Insu Peak via different routes in the final outing. In total‚ the five week climbing school program covers all skills up to the SAN Beginner Course and touches on the very basic aspects and skills of the Multi Pitch Course.
From the weekly rendezvous point, Ui Sports, cabs will be hailed up to the Doseon Temple rotary where the main trailhead begins. Cab rides up to the temple are 2,000KRW per person up and 1,000KRW per person back down to Uidong from temple rotary.
Hiking approach times vary from between 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes depending on crag destination for that session and overall group speed. Approach trails to crags are typically steep and very direct in style, This is a fantastic way to experience and see some of Korea's more unique outdoor locations along with getting into great shape by the end of the fifth week.
Camping is highly recommended, but not required for the summit climb for all participants due to sunrise start times in order to avoid climbing traffic. Camping costs a small addtional 2,000KRW fee and will also be offered starting by the second week for those interested. We will typically meet at the Ui Sports climbing shop at 6:30 p.m. After every climbing session, all are welcome to join together for Dutch-pay food and beer with your instructors and peers. The final graduation summit climb will be followed by graduation Dutch-pay dinner/beer ceremony where each participant will get a free SAN t-shirt and climbing school certificate of completion.
Please note that our on-line event postings are poor indicators of who or how many participants are actually registered and paid for the program. To learn more, please directly contact us at [email protected]
and visit our homepage.
15th SAN Beginner Climbing School Tentative Itinerary
May 05 ~ Junel 02‚ 2013
WEEK 1 – Bukhansan National Park: Intro to Gear‚ Crag Safety‚ Ropework‚ Basic TR Belay, Slab Climbing Techniques.
WEEK 2 – Bukhansan National Park: Review Skills, TR Belay & Abseil; Intro to Multi-pitch skills .
WEEK 3 – Bukhansan National Park: Review Skills, Slab & Crack Climbing & Multi-Pitch Practice
WEEK 4 – Bukhansan National Park: Review & Practice MP Climb w/Overhang Abseil.
WEEK 5 – Bukhansan Graduation Summit Camp, Climb & Abseil
Rendezvous Points & Dates
May 05 ~ Junel 02‚ 2013 – Bukhansan National Park. Meet at Ui Sports Climbing Shop at 7:30a.m. Take Subway Line #4 to Suyu Station(414), go out Exit #3, and catch Bus #120 toward Ui-dong to the end of the line. De-bus, walk up the main about a block and take right into a small alleyway across from the REDFACE outfitters store. Walk down less than a block and you can’t miss the Ui Sports climbing shop on the right with mini outdoor climbing wall and deck.
Registration & Payment Confirmation
The climbing school program costs only 450‚000KRW plus the 10% Korean VAT or 45,000KRW and/or 495,000KRW total per each individual. Participants may pay via Paypal or the SAN Hana Bank account.
For those paying via Paypal, the difference in current exchange rates is not calculated(eg. 450,000KRW =450.00USD). Paypal payments must also include the addtional Paypal 4.2% or 20.79USD transaction fee or 515.79USD total. We strongly encourage clients to make all deposits via the Korean banking systems to save on the exchange rate and Paypal transaction fees.
The deadline for payment and registration is on Thursday, May 02, 2013 and a maximum of only 12 students may join. The school requires a minimum of four clients to commence and if this is not reached, a complete refund will be made.
For more questions about payment options, please read our FAQ’s link here: http://sanirang.net/faqs/
or contact us directly at [email protected]
. For more information on the climbing school, please visit this link: http://sanirang.net/programs/rock-climbing-school/
or contact SAN directly at [email protected]
Direct payments can be made to the following account:
Bank Name: Hana Bank
Account Number: 476-910014-63204
Account Holder: ㈜산이랑알파인넷웍스(Sanirang Alpine Networks LCC)
Once SAN has confirmed your payment‚ a tentative itinerary will be sent to you along with a request to fill out our registration form here:
This form is also for your benefit in the very unlikely event of a mishap or injury‚ SAN asks clients for the following specific information in order to process a temporary insurance policy. SAN is not only one of the few climbing outfitters in the world that insures clients‚ but also includes coverage as part of the original payment. SAN reserves the right to refuse service to any client who does not provide us the information:
SAN Climbing Gear
Sanirang Alpine Networks understands how difficult buying gear in Korea can be. We also understand how expensive the necessary basic gear can be in order to learn how to climb, so because of this, SAN rents all of the necessary gear required to join the Climbing School from head to toe at the cheap and reasonable rates. Necessary gear includes helmet, climbing slippers, harness, and belaying set. Rent complete gear set for 20,000KRW. Individual gear rental rates are as follows: helmet, harness and belaying sets rent for 5,000KRW each and climbing slippers rents for 10,000KRW each. Sleeping bags may also be rented for 15,000KRW, mattress for 5,000KRW and bivvy sac for 5,000KRW per night for the camping graduation climb. All clients are encouraged to bring or buy their own gear!
Rain or Shine Policy
Location and routes are tentative and subject to change depending on weather conditions‚ climbing traffic and other factors. Sessions are never cancelled; however‚ in the event of deteriorating or very poor weather conditions and SAN deems the conditions to be unsafe‚ a pleasant day hike along one of the many hiking tracks in the BukHanSan National Park or a technical skills workshop indoors will be held at an indoor climbing or bouldering gym where additional bouldering and sport climbing techniques and skills will be taught.
An initial non-refundable 50% deposit or 247,500KRW is required to reserve a spot. Cancellations must be made one week prior to the start date of the intended and scheduled climbing school program in order to receive a complete transfer refund; otherwise, the deposit is completely forfeited to SAN. In the event that a full-payment of deposit has been made and the participant cancels within the week of the first scheduled climbing school session, 50% of their full payment deposit will be forfeited and the remaining 50% will be refunded via transfer. Pro-rated rates and refunds are not rewarded for the climbing school program in the event that the participant knowingly or unknowingly misses any one of the scheduled outings
*Insurance coverage is inclusive and applies to all courses, guided climbs and climbing school programs.
**Late-comers are welcome to join as late as the second week of instruction; however‚ there is no pro-rated discount from the original course cost and deposits are due no later than Wednesday before the intended Sunday of joining up as late as the second Sunday session. The cost remains 450‚000KRW plus 10% VAT or 495,000KRW total and the additional 4.2% Paypal service charge for those paying via PP(We strongly disourage this). Despite joining late‚ the remaining sessions allow plenty of time to make up for the skills missed in the first session. For more information on this‚ please contact SAN directly at [email protected]