With the comps there finished (by then) and the season well under way, we have decided to put out the call to all ice climber types that wanna be in it, to be about for the weekend Fri 29-Sun 31st January. This event should be huge, and even though the park gets super busy on weekends, we have the sneaky plan of hanging about and making full use of the "open til 9pm on Saturday nights" loophole.
So, grab your fruit boots, ice tools and crampons, slip into a downie and don the skid-lid (helmet), hook up your harness and be part of it!
Basically, this is how it might run.
Friday (for those with such luxury a day at the ice-park til 5pm then return to Base Camp Daejeon.
Saturday head out to Yeong-dong Ice Park as early as feasible and climb through till dinner. Avail ourselves of the great food options there and then, keep on swinging till 9pm. Return to BC Daejeon for a wee sup/ chat/ sleep!
Sunday, those who are still in the land of the living, roll out again for a final blast at the park, or elsewise, perhaps awaken late, visit the Daejeon Wall (Brrrr!) and for the caffeine-fixated types perhaps a visit to the W-Cafe Roasting House for awesome coffee (next to the climbing shop in downtown). Or just chill and head off home with all your memories, bruises and still defrosting digits!
Accomm in Daejeon can prob'ly be provided by Uncle Jake and Aunty KA, also (speaking for them here
) Josh Fuller and other local KOTRers nearby.
If you're in, sweet as a sweet thing! Bravo your life! Just bring your ice-gear, a rope (dry 60m or longer preferably), HELMET!, harness and sleeping/bag....we'll have room for about 12 or so I guess, but not enough blankets. Feel like a sup of an evening? Bring a treat by all means, I'll hopefully have a few bottles to share too. Fri night dinner will be in Daejeon, Saturday lunch and dinner will be at the ice-park. Breakfasts = fend for yourrself, or join us for a quick cuppa and some fruit etc (need to get away early, esp Sat morn so no long breakfasts sorry
Don't have your own ice gear (axes/ tools, crampons, boots, gloves etc)? Well, we might be able to see you OK....let us know what you lack, and if it's boots too, what size you wear. Try and beg borrow or steal some gear before you come though (local club/ gym, Korean buddies etc) because we really won't have much to share about...and standing around waiting for gear in turns can be a cold experience.
If you are getting in late (ie after we have left from Daejeon circa 8.30am) on either Fri/ Sat or Sunday you can get a bus from the Express Bus Terminal (Daejeon) to Yeong-dong Village (영동군). Takes 1 hour and costs 4800won. 7 per day from 7am til 7.40pm...from the village it should be only a short taxi/ city bus trip out to the ice park...about 15mins I guess....maybe 20,000won at the most (taxi fee). But honestly I dunno.
There are also trains to Yeong-dong Village (영동역), FROM SEOUL they leave at 6.15am, 7.20am, 8am, 8.35am, 9.05am, 9.10am etc etc TAKES 2.5 HOURS
FROM DAEJEON trains also run from 6.20am, 7.46am, 8.17am, 9.21am, 9.51am etc etc and TAKES 30 MINUTES...use the Korea Travel link for a better breakdown from wherever you are.
The ice park has rules for safety and smooth running:
No lead climbing.
People setting Top-Ropes must attach a jumar/ ascendeur to the fixed lines when walking up to the anchors.
Everyone on the climbing side of the river must wear a helmet at all times.
No bringing alcohol, nor climbing when intoxicated (you can have a glass or two by all means at the local restaurants - but moderation is key!)
Don't walk over the river, even if apparently frozen. Use the bridge.
Don't hog a line too much. It will be crowded, so be prepared to share your line and maybe even rope with the occaisional "other" person (especially Koreans)...it usually works like that with teams swapping mutually.
Be super aware of where you are walking. Crampons on a rope at the anchor or belay areas can cut it
Everyone must sign in at the bridge-shipping container hut, and pay the 10,000won fee. You get 10,000won worth of coupons you can use at the local restaurants and gas station (at teh actual ice park only).
OK sign up with requested details and ETAs etc!