If your reading this, then we're on the right track. My name is Bryan and I live down in Daegu. Summer 2010, I'll be heading to Pakistan for an attempt on two 8000m peaks, possibly K2, depending on costs and route conditions. I've been a mountaineer at heart for many years and after an 18month hiatus to get to know my daughter and move my family back to Korea. Plans are solidified and training is set to commence....One problem...
All of my mountaineering partners including teammates are back in the states. And I don't know any mountaineers in Korea, besides my Korean friends from Sokcho, but that's a long way to travel each week for training partners. So, I thought I would put something on KOTR. I updated another post a few days ago, about this issue and I recieved a bunch of PM's from guys all over Korea...which made me think, how many more are there out there.
Everyone I meet in Korea, seems to be into sport climbing, possibly multi-pitching and even the rare ice-climber, but very few high alititude lovers. But after recieving these pm's I thought...I bet there's a crapload of us out there, but we just don't talk about it when we're out in the blissful land of bolts.
If you are interested, please pm or reply and let me know your willingness to suffer over the next year or so. I'd like to plan a minimum of 1-2 weekend slogs a month. Winter camping included. I'm not aware of many alpine routes in Korea, beside Sokcho, so if you know of any or have some suggestions, I would love the advice. I've got a list of 5-6 people already, so I'd love to increase it and just add trips each week, for those interested.
No need to post experience or resumes, I'm sure we're all qualified to suffer here in Korea together, save those stories and debates for cold winter nights, when the matches get wet, headlamp batteries freeze, soju runs out and the distinct smell of feet fills the air!
Bryan - [email protected]