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Gugok Pokpo Submitted on February 6th, 2006 by CHOI BAWI Print
Type: Ice Climbs Province: Gangwon-Do City: Chuncheon
Park: n/a Rating: 3 - 4 Views: 16009
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The length of the fall is roughly just over 60M. The ice is typically very good because the fall is hidden from the sun all day round. There are fixed static abseil lines at the top and to the left, a few bolted anchors and a few trees at the top. Roughly five route lines can be climbed without things getting too hectic.

WI 3~4 depending on the ice and traffic throughout the season.

Gugok Ice Fall is located in Gangchon just off Highway 46 in Gangwon Province. From Cheongryang-ri Station in Seoul, it's an hour and half ride to Gangchon. The first train leaves at 6:05 AM and the last train leaves at 10:20PM.

Buses can be caught from the Dong Seoul and Sangbong Terminals. The first bus departs at AM and last bus departs at 10AM. Buses also depart from Incheon, Suwon and .... Get off at the Gangchon Stop and walk across the bridge and into Gangchon.

From the Gangchon train station, Bus 50 or 50-1 can be caught to the entrance of the park entrance. Local buses run as late as 8PM and about every hour. By car, take the main strip down about a quarter of a mile and wing right where the obvious sign is.

Local taxis into the park may also be called in from any of the restuarants or shops in town.

From the parking lot, head up the main path for about ten minutes and you won't miss it.

Safety Concerns
The ice fall is terribly popular and can become extremely crowded during the weekends. Falling ice is the first major concern and potential careless climbers come second.

The length from the anchor belay anchor below to the two main anchors above is just barely less than 60M; A 50M ROPE WILL NOT SUFFICE, UNLESS APPROACHED IN ALPINE STYLE. Top-roping is possible with two 60M ropes joined together is fine; however, most teams lead their ropes to the top, fix them and ascend via their shunt or gri-gri. Jumars are out of the question due to the potential build up of ice on the ascending line.

Trees abound as anchor points at the top-left of the ice fall.

Although fixing a line can be done via hiking to the top, this is really a lead-climber's ice fall because there is no real easy access to the top.

Late in the season, the fixed lines to the left are removed by the park service.

Gear to Bring
Bring a Figure 8 abseil device or your creative mind for the 14mm abseil line, shunt or gri-gri, two 60M rope, 4~8 ice screws depending on your abilty, long slings for your fixed line, and you know the rest.

Additional Comments
Parking is free and there is a camping ground just a short way up from the entrance on the right. Park entrance fee is normally 1,600won, but for climbers there is 50% discount of 800won, just inform them. There are shops to buy food and the sort at the parking lot, but not in the wee hours of night. As an ice climber, you must sign in at the ticket office with your pertinent info in case an accident does occur.

Comment added by jason in Sokcho on February 8th, 2010
For driving, coming from either Seoul or Sokcho, the quickest way is now highway 60 (Chuncheon-Seoul Highway), turning off at Gangchon Toll Gate which is about 75 Km out of Seoul and 130 odd from Sokcho. Higway 60 is accessed from 46 from Sokcho, or all the way from Seoul. In addition; Fixing a top rope will take an hour in total, with a good 40 minute hike around the right of the hill (which is in fact very enjoyable but a good work out), up to the top, and then back down to the river, and then to the falls. Once you find the falls, you will need to fix a rope around a tree to the right, and repel the first small fall at the top to access the main fall and the set up your rigging or use the bolts and rings available at the top.

Comment added by jhalpin on January 13th, 2013
Here's the Google Placemark:
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Comment added by jhalpin on May 21st, 2014
New Google Map Coordinates: 37.795254, 127.609030

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