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Unread 05-03-2015, 12:50 AM
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Canyoning?

Does anybody know if there is any canyoning (or decent gorge walking) in Korea - or any sites that might have some potential for exploring?

The terrain here looks like it ought to offer something - although I've heard the Summers can be quite dry.

So far, all I have managed to find are a few blog entries about river trekking and one youtube video of Sancheong that almost, but not quite (despite the name), showed some canyoning over here.

I've heard there are restrictions on swimming in certain places - although I'm more interested in checking these places out discreetly.

The waterfalls around Seoraksan look nice - good smooth rock that ought to lend itself well to slides - and some decent swimming pools - but I guess this place will be busy and any national park rules will be more tightly enforced.
The last thing I want to do is upset anybody.

I also saw some trails around Jirisan that followed the streams - taking in a few waterfalls - that offered something fairly similar to what you might find in the UK.

Kuryong (Guryong) looked just right - but I doubt that is going to happen.

I am really hoping there are places in Gangwon-do, or reasonably close to Seoul.

What is above Yeongso falls?
Or any of the ice climbing venues on decent waterfalls.

I've tried asking a few climbers here - but interest seemed very limited - perhaps because there isn't anything - or I didn't explain myself very well.

I just feel convinced that there ought to be something. I'm not expecting canyons of the variety you find on the European continent, but the sport is developing quite quickly in Scotland - with new canyon descents popping up here and there - in places that people had never thought to check out before. Even I was surprised at the quality of some of the descents there. Routes that appeared near waterfalls that had very little notoriety - usually because of their accessibility.

If anybody knows anything - has any ideas - or is interested in helping me look - any help would be hugely appreciated.

Cheers
Jak
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