My name is Dave McAllister, and I lived and climbed in Korea for just over two years (’05-’08). I’m headed back on a writing project for Rock and Ice (if the images and words pan out, per editor), and I am trying to rally the folks for a big old session at the rocks for a weekend, some dinners, a cold Hite or six, and chat.
I’d love to get a huge crew to the Riverbeds for a session on the weekend of the 6th/7th, the first Saturday and Sunday I’ll be there (and the following weekend!). Of course, we’ll be bouldering and shooting through the 15th, or so, so any other time people are available to get out to Seoul bouldering areas (Insubong, the RBs, Moraksan, the areas I’m not privy to, etc.) would be killer.
The article’s focus is gonna zero-in on ya’ll. The development while I was in country was fantastic, but it has since jumped the shark to astounding. I am inspired by ya’ll! This is what I wrote to my editor at Rock and Ice for an article query:
“The expat climber vibe in Seoul is like nothing I have ever seen. Just off the subway and bus lines (which is how we all get to the boulders), and within the Seoul city limits, a world of rock awaits. As the chimes ding midnight you could be sitting next to an international businessman sipping a cold soju amid sprawling high rises; after a quick kip you’re lacing up at the nation’s best bouldering by the ****’s crow. The core group orbits a passion for development like I have never seen, due I believe, at least partially, to the fundamental awareness of their ultimate departure from their own little Shangri-la of freedom, FA’s, and each other. I want to capture this vibe while it is still vibrating…while the chalk still speckles their faces.”
The article and photos, of course, are all about YOU. I would love to get you all involved in the process. I also wanna get in some good interviews with Kim Lee, Unio, Heidi, and anyone else you think is relevant to the burgeoning development and the Seoul scene (Jake???). Of course, I know Busan and Seoraksan and bla bla bla also present limitless opportunities, but for this piece I want to tackle the relation between one of Asia’s premier hubs and the unbelievable bouldering found just a couple thousand won away.
Anyway, I’m stoked to see all my old bros and meet some new strongmos pulling virgin lines out of the miasma! I don’t give a crap how strong anyone is…rather I just wanna meet ya’ll and have some epic sessions! Hope to see ya’ll out there!
If anyone wants to get ahold of me (please do if ya wanna join or have any other pertinent info), drop me a line at [email protected]
or rock an IM my way on KOTR.
Cheers from Denver!