Yongseo, Yeosu and Ando Aug 2 - 5. Great times.
So, KA and I bummed about climbing in Yongseo last Thurs/Fri/ Sat. Really cool place and quiet. A few dodgy bolts and a trillion mozzies that liked to drink KA's blood each night. Take bug repellant and coils. We stayed at the min-bak (private mini-rooms for rent) there, mentioned in the climb area notes (Yongseo Pokpo Coffee Shop). They are converted shipping containers, and actually quite OK. Business was busy with lots of non-climbers. It's worth staying there (25,000won a night we paid for room with bathroom) in some ways, as showering is almost a necessity after climbing there (we rained sweat!), and you get free use of the noraebang/ karyoke room if you stay!! The owners are super nice and so we translated the menu for them into English as well. Mostly fresh poultry, bbq stuff and traditional teas. Seems a bit pricey, but the tastes were worth it! Remember that we are de facto ambassadors here, so stop in and say hi if you climb there. The climb trail is through their min-bak creek side table grounds and I've taken a pic of the "concrete steps" you cross - look in the climb area navigational pics.
Well Brandon, Terri and Maggie came up from Yeosu/ Mokpo and Rick and Adrienne popped down from Gunsan also on Sat afternoon so we got in a mini-M&G and had a great time. The 5.10d on left ("wild-pig") is a super classic climb, a little easy for the grade maybe but fun as. Nextdoors "Bawi-saram" is a gymnastic monkey puzzle 5.11a and also a good climb.
After all this cragging we were lucky enough to have Terri and Brandon take us on the tour of Yeosu! Deaf cats, fishing shops, scenic bridges and a 45 minute 11pm fishing trawler hire-ride out to "An-do" island. We camped on this remote island and swam in the cool-ish clear waters. The whole area is just stunning and a boat ride like this is so awesome too. We even all stopped at a famous "Kkut Kim Chi" place and sampled the wares. Funny place, smelled like boiling potatoes....
Anyways, do yourselves a favour and get down to Yeosu and beyond. We had a super weekend there, and hats off to Brandon and Terri for being so cool.
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