Last weekend at Daedunsan
I just wanted to share how much I enjoyed last weekend at Daedunsan.
I'm glad I made the Friday lunch-hour run to Dongdaemun to buy a harness and pair of shoes, because this place was just like one of those classical landscape paintings: green rustling mountains guarded by ancient and inviting ridges. In fact, I saw a large calendar print of the place just today.
Before this, my climbing experience had consisted of some sport climbing at Joshua Tree and setting up top ropes at a rock called Point Dume in Malibu.
At Daedunsan, we did the New Millenium (Secheonyeon) and Woojung (Friendship) routes--great multi-pitch bolted routes which our able point man Jo Sungkab "tradified," both for the fun of it, and to pass some larger groups.
I came home with lots of bruises and cuts, but I was able to take part in stuff I had only read about in some of John Long's books and practiced in my mind. The 360 degree views, the hang-on-for-dear-life-with-useless-pumped-arms moments, the cold night inside the tent, the stumbling down in the dark: What a great adventure it was! Thanks Sungkab, Sonya, and Jake. From all the people who came up to you guys and said Hi, I realized that you guys are truly respected seasoned experts. From all of your patient and encouraging guidance of this newby, I realized why.
Last edited by jsp1001 : 10-24-2007 at 10:17 AM.