Hi ho folks, Uncle Jake here to say, get out and climb you wussies! Not that I did, but I'm an old man and attended a climbers comp/ party at least (thanks to the local Daejeon climbers and gym!).
As the chill grey clasp of dread winter tightens about the crags and walls, I know a few of you will drop off the face of the Earth (or Korea anyways) and hibernate in TV land, movie theatres, POC Bangs, bars and self-pity. Must it be thus?
Hell no! The local lads and lasses f(Korean) rom Wonju area told me, frankly they are surprised that recently they've not seen any ex-pats out and climbing. The weather is quite mild there at Ganhyeon still, and when it gets cold there are usually fires in 44 gallon drums at the cliff face - which catches the sun even in winter! And what a location. Up the road 15-20 mins will soon be opening again the PanDae Ice Park (판대빙장) which looks awesome. I'll be checking it out as soon as possible! (You need to book to climb here though, so if you feel like ice climbing check first with the boss dude via 033-761-4177 (only Korean)). No ice gear, still too cold for rock ratting? OK well Wonju has some nice small ski fields right there near Ganhyeon too! Hyundai-Sungwoo resort, Oak Valley Resort etc...OK not Aspen, not even Muju, but a good quick morning on the ski field then back to Ganhyeon in the warmer afternoon! Still want more? Ok well winter hiking is awesome! Get some walking crampons (eisen for 10-25,000won), a thermos of hot chocolate/ coffe and get into it! Chiaksan National Park at Wonju is a great place with lovely trails.
Wonju not for you? Well hell, get out wherever you are. The winter here need not be stale good folks. No, no no. I even spent a warm day inside
cleaning gunk outta my cams, sharpening my axes and crampons, unsticking my biner gates and getting my rope tarp re-stitched! Then I ground some fresh New Guinea coffee and buzzed up, before searching online for ice boots for KA and organizing a mini get together with climber friends.
Matt has built himself what looks like a torture device, but he's proud of his woodie so...
Point is, don't let the winter get you down, but use it as a chance to have awesomeness enrich your life. Climb, hike, camp, ski, board, skate, sculpt!