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Bilingual Guidebook for Korea

OK, so as some know. . . I plan to do a bilingual guidebook on climbing in Korea. I have a publisher and distributer and (hopefully, possibly) a Korean co-author. It will focus on the best and the easily accessible crags, with lots of hints and tips for life/travel in Korea. Areas around cities and bases are key. (Matt Robertson's Long Dong Trad Climbs for Taiwan is an inspiration. . .)

Why am I posting about this? I need you!! I need my fellow KOTRers and your high resolution photos-- particularly those I can photoshop into topos (but certainly excellent climbing shots-- re: no butts, armpits, headless. . .) of Insubong, Halmaebawi, Sununsan, Kanhyon, Soraksan, Yongseo, Yeongkyeong, Geumgang (Daegu) . . . you can send them to me-- I need releases from any identifiable people and the photographer or owner of the photos (i.e.: you give your camera to Joe Kim and he gets a good photo-- you own it and give me permission). . . what do you get? fame and a copy if and when. . . I'll also feature (with your permission) photos and quotes about living and climbing in Korea. . . send me your best. . . or maybe I'll find your best and seek your permission?!

Ideas? Suggestions? pul-lease PM me!!!
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Wow! This is amazing! I was hoping somebody would take this challenge on soon. Glad it's you (and not me).
But I'm willing to help in anyway, although I don't have many pictures, but I'll start taking them.
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Here are all my photos.
http://www.koreaontherocks.com/climb...1&sort=vie ws

Let me know which ones you like by clicking the title of the picture next to the text (Click title for image URL). Then send me the URL's and I will dig up what I have for each photo.

It should be an awesome book!!!
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Thanks!!

It'd be especially helpful if anyone with a good camera (and/or an eye for photography) would remember to snap some good, unobstructed crag views on those good sunny days! Especially folks near "urban" crags around Busan, Ulsan. . . I hope to include brief "essays" and/or comments by people who live and climb in Korea (Korean climbers included!!). Eric, I was going to ask Sun Ho Lee to co-author!!
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[quote=skinskEric, I was going to ask Sun Ho Lee to co-author!![/QUOTE]
great idea! he is perfect.
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I plan to brainstorm here and anytime 2 or more of us gather 'til it's done!

My publisher (aka my brother, Fred, whose company Sharpend Publishing has had a Banff Book finalist-- Indian Creek Climbs, one of 9 finalist of 170+ book entries) wants it bilinguel-- and given many Koreans want an updated easy-to-use guide-- I agree. Obviously I'll need to include the classic routes on Insubong and Soraksan, as well as all of Sununsan and Kanhyon. I'll do major easy-to-get-to "urban" crags like Geumjang in Busan, Munsu in Ulsan. . . and some fun cool places that are easily accessible/on the tourist track like Yongseo, Yeongkyeong, Oedolgae. . . (I want to appeal to all levels of climbers) . . . obviously I'll point to KOTR. Need to highlight some walls: the Bull, O2, a few biggies in Seoul (Boraemae, Eungbong). . . I'd like to get essays (I'll pay to translate to English/Korean) from Seung-kwan, Mi-young, Chung-jun, Seong-won, Dong-hyun, Jin-taek, Hyun-jeong, Song-hui, Tae-jun. . . maybe Ja-in, though I don't know her. . . and Eric, Ricky, Mike, Joshi, Rick, Jenn, Greg/Punchy. . . I'll post on the Korean sites for photos from Caldwell's and Hirayama's visit (I've photos from the latter, albeit bad ones). . . might be nice to have a shot/quote or two of Sharma/Lauren Lee . . . I want some honest heartfelt thoughts about climbing in Korea/Korea/what you're leaned, etc. . . which is not to say that anyone on this sight might not have something bookworthy to contribute! DO NOT feel bashful!! If you have an insight, an inspiration, etc from Korea. . . I am NOT elitist!! I want the book to be heartfelt, informative, etc. . . I also want history! I know the Korean Alpine Fed was a big player in the colonial era (as a way to plot and plan against the Japanese in the Mts). . . obviously Yvon Chinard (aka Black Diamond) pioneered the routes that bear his name on Insubong-- I climbed with one of his old partners when I did the Man and Mountain shoot in '99-- gotta try to find that guy again!) I want this to be a truely great, worthy book-- not something rushed together!

I want your photos (esp in the sunlight, of great climbing-- no butts, or of complete crags where I might photoshop lines). . . you will be paid . . . in a free book and fame and credits I need your photos (good photographers among you) because I am not a good photographer!

Obviously this book is a labor of love for me. I love this country, and I love the local and expat climbing communities. I don't think I can leave Korea without writing it and I may have to stay during vacation or come back to devote the time necessary! I expect, like my (veggie)website, it will cost me more than I earn. . . so if you can contribute photos, stories, etc. . . you may live on on coffee tables. . . you'll get good karma. . . but not much else
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BRAINS and TALENT

I need the brainstorming power and the photographic talent of all y'all (well, those with high resolution cameras). . .

I want to write a book that makes the finalists at the Banff Mountaineering Book Awards!! I want a book that is inclusive of the Korean and Foreign climbing communities. My publisher, as I mentioned, insisted the book be bilinguel. I want it to be part Long Dong Trad Climbs, by Matt Robertson (who some of you met in Thailand or knew beforehand!) and part Sam Lightener-style-guide (well, opinionated but not so embellished, compromised or frightening! . . . and as I've said. . . all voices will be contacted, listened to, represented. . .) and part David Bloom's Indian Creek Guide. . . with essays from anyone with a history or impact in the area, gorgeous photos. . . etc. . .

The book, as I envision, will be co-authored by myself and an old friend prominent and connected in the Korean community. I want to cover the background, politics and history of Korean climbing, classics, and personalities foreign and native, old and young. . . old and new . . . kow something? let me know!! I'll follow up!!

Don't think that if you're new to climbing or Korea that your opinion doesn't count-- usually you bring honest opinions and fresh perspective where long-timers see something tired-- again, this book aims to be inclusive for a wide audience.

If you're Korean, connected, etc, and can help with ads and sponsors, great! I also accept ideas, (constructive) criticism, topos, photos, gift certificates, gear, advice, margarita fixings, "green climbing rope". . .

If you have a good camera and you're out on a sunny day. . . please step back and take a shot of the crag that could be used to show route topos. . . jot down notes of impressions, etc. . . station yourself at the top of a route and take good (lead) shots of people's faces!

Share your stories, impressions, etc on this thread or PM. . . how has the climbing shared your Korean experience? what's the wildest story? how have the Korean/foreign climbers informed you/changed you/inspired you/shaped you as a climber? a person?

You'll be acknowledged! You'll get a free copy even if it comes out of my pocket!! THANKS!!
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let me know what i can do!
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PMed you a list. . . thanks

and thanks to those who are helping already, of course!! your efforts will be duly acknowledged, though I can't promise much more than that. . .

(Any other takers?)
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what to include

so here's my (very) rough list of what to include in the guidebook. . . I'm still open to suggestions, etc, and I would love it if anyone going to these areas can help me with photos, route beta, matching routes to cliff photos etc. . . (PM me and I can e-mail you photos/list of routes, etc for many of the areas. . . you can print out and take notes. . . or draw routes in photos and send back to me). . . you'll be famous! (and very very appreciated)

Seoul/Gyeonggi
Bukhansan
insubong: sky route chinaurd A & B easiest
seoninbong
one more bukhansan rock? maybe something on the other side?
side article on Insu boulders (Dave)
urban craggin'
Uiwang, Byeongpoong?
Namhansanseong?

Kangwondo
Seoraksan
janggunbong
yuseondae
sotowang
ageolbawi?
jeokbyeok?
mireukjangeunbong?
ulsanbawi
Kanhyon
Yonghwasan?
Maewol Amjang ?

Chungcheong-buk
Ulbawi
Chungsukkol?
(consult Kris)

Chungcheong-nam
Hagampo Beach
Gyeryongsan?
anyone know anything good in this province?!

Jeollabuk
Sununsan
(sidebar: Halmae: no pay to play!)
Maisan
Daedunsan
Daeyari?

Jeollanam
Yudalsan
Yongseo
Mudeungsan-Saeinbong
Horangsan?
sidebar-- Yeongam Rock Climbing Stadium

Gyeongsangnam
Busan urban crags
Geumjeongsan Buchae Bawi, Daeryokbong
Amnan Park ?
(Song-do)KMU
Ae Bawi ?
Jeokdeokri?
Mucheksan
Ae bawi?
Munsusan
Buoengsae Bawi
Juk Jang
Sinbal/Byeongpung
Wonhyosan? Byeong pung
sidebar: bull

Gyeongsangbuk
Daegu urban crags: Yeongyeong-dong
Yong Mun San (yong bawi)
Uksukol
Palgongsan?
Yuhaksan?
Dream bawi?
Ulleungdo?

Jeju
Musucheon
Eongtto
Oedolgae
Mara-do?

PS: if I've commented on climbing shots you've posted on Facebook, it means I'm interested in that photo. . .
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