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Sotuwong Falls Submitted on May 26th, 2004 by kogooma Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Gangwon-Do City: Sokcho
Park: Seoraksan Park Rating: 5.8 - 5.12 Style: Sport
Views: 7925 Photos: 9 Photo(s) - Add Photos Maps: 1 Image(s) - Add Images

Description
this place has some fine granite face climbing with about 10-15 multi pitch routes.


Directions
directions for this place are a little tricky. since it's not on the main path, you'd likely need to have someone point out the trail head to you, as it's not obvious. basically you get to the main entrance in seoraksan, and take the trail that leads toward biryong and towangseong waterfalls (towangseong apparently has the choicest, longest ice climbs in korea). you'll hike over a stone bridge and follow a wide path through the pine forest for a few minutes. keep looking to your right for a path that branches off and up through the woods. if you come to a little eating area/rest stop, you've gone too far. you'll notice some barbed wire and possibly a flag warning of mountain fires. there seem to be a few differnt trails snaking through the bamboo around here, but once you cross the river, start heading up and you should find yourself in the midst of an impressive valley with rock on either side of you. the routes are on the left wall. a pair of binocs are useful for scoping the lines. there used to be a route guide hanging on one of the trees, but on my last visit, it was nowhere to be seen.


Safety Concerns
the bolts i've come across have all been super solid, however the stiff, sun bleached tape on most of the anchors are a little suspect. some routes may require a double rope for rapping off. i've gotten by on most of the routes with one 60m. i found this place with the help of a local climbing/hiking club in sokcho. the few times i've been there, there's been no one else climbing at all. because it's off the beaten path (technically in an off-limit area, at least when the mountain fire restrictions are in place), the area sees hardly any traffic from thru hikers. nice place to climb... next to a clean flowing river with some nice waterfalls nearby; no crowds. the approach is a little long (just shy of an hour), but well worth it.


Gear to Bring
bring lots of draws (12 or more) and some slings and webbing (or cordage) to replace old webbing anchors.


Additional Comments
kind of an out of the way crag, but if you're looking for multi-pitch sport without the crowds, this is the place to be. feel free to drop me a line if you're interested in checking this place out.



Comment added by crackaddict on November 23rd, 2004
stealth is your ally at this spot...the rangers wouldn't like to find us here...they make it easy to find, though. There is a large "no trail" sign that marks the trail...right after the little bridge...up the first drainage after crossing the river...good climbs, we had a lot of fun, and there is a super campsite up there, beautiful setting...thanks

Comment added by skinsk on September 20th, 2005
Most of the anchors now have wire loops through the bolts (though most retain the old webbing and loops, too, making it difficult to clip draws through the bolts. One of my partners cut out it off one anchor, but you might consider bringing a rope if you'll be doing any toproping!

Nice area! As it often the case in Korea(!?), routes seem start easier on the left and get more difficult going right!



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