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Hwangjeok Pokpo Submitted on April 6th, 2004 by Eric Print
Type: Ice Climbs Province: Chungcheongnam-Do City: Daejeon
Park: Gyeryongsan Park Rating: 1 - 3 Views: 14264
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This is a small wall, about 10-15 meters high and 20 meters wide. The ice on the gently sloping side is thick and solid. On the left hand side there are more interesting features to play around on if the ice is present.

You can fix anchors at the top of the climbs by hiking around the falls. At best 4-5 ropes could be climbed at the same cramped time.

From Gyeryong National Park, head toward the camping area. When you start walking the small, narrow road that takes you to the campsites and the road turns steep, look for a trail on your right. The trail is about halfway between the campsites and the main road.

Follow the trail veering right so that it takes you through a small gulley. Eventually, the trail starts heading up the valley. Follow the trail for about 20 - 30 minutes and you'll walk right into the face.

If you are familiar with OB Slab, Hwangjeok Pokpo is before you get to OB on the same trail.

Total hike-in time is about 30 minutes.

Safety Concerns
Be aware of the trees that you build your TR anchors on. Some don't seem too solid. The ice is usually pretty thick at the top for building an anchor.

Gear to Bring
If you want to lead, 3 to 4 screws ought to do. Other than that, slings to set up the top rope anchor from trees. A 50 meter rope is sufficient.

Additional Comments
Some folks drink the water that flows from the falls in the summer. This place gets very little, if any, direct sunlight. It's a good place to go if you want to climb but don't want to go all out.

Comment added by shanja on April 7th, 2004
Hwangjeok Pokpo is an ideal place to indulge in the oft ignored art of night ice-climbing. As it is so close to Daejeon the winter days (especially weekends) can get a bit crowded and chopped out. So do yourself a favour and pop over with your headlight and axes after dark. This can be a greatly social and relaxing experience, and often nights are windless. Koreans oft build a small campfire there, but how "legal" this is I dunno. Try and pick up some dead timber on the way there rather than plundering the meagre resources in situ. Top rope anchors are easily set up by scrabbling up the left side of the fall and over to the trees above. Get into it!

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