A healthy group of wonderful, non swine flu infected foreignors will be descending upon the astoundingly beautiful Yeongso Pokpo this weekend for some climbing, slacklining, camraderie and campfire shenanigans. There is ample free camping, as well as minbaks for ~ 10,000 W for the comfort seekers. This crag has everything from 5.8 to 5.12, so beginners and badasses alike can find their fix!
Yongseo Pokpo is located in 구례, (Gurye) which is:
-1 and a half hours from Gwangju by bus.
-3 hours from Busan by bus
-3 and a half hours from Seoul Nambu Terminal by bus
-For everywhere else, you can use the "Korea Travel" link under Korea Links on the left hand navigational bar of KOTR- extremely helpful!
Here is the link to the crag on KOTR- by far the most beautiful place I've been/climbed in Korea!!
***Once in Gurye you need to take a taxi to Yongseo Pokpo ~8-10,000 W, but if you meet someone there at the station it will be less (obviously). Once the cab driver takes you to Yongseo Pokpo, make sure he takes you to the restaraunt at the top of the hill and drops you off. Once you have reached the restaraunt, hug the left side of the restaraunt along a small little creek past the wooden statue with a gigantic penis, and cross the creek where the stepping stones are. Once across, follow the trail to the right and up to the crag- a 100 meters or so- not a far distance at all. As long as you stay near the creek bed you will find the place no problem!
I will be heading out Friday night to camp and most likely arriving ~ 10 ish, look forward to seeing you all there