|Comment added by antepater on April 15th, 2004|
|This place is excellent. you need a car, difficult to get to otherwise. Very crowded on weekends, especially in the warmer part of the year. Also you have to learn to deal with Korean ethics which can run the entire gambit from solid to absolutly shocking. I for one do not have a lot of trust in there saftey measures.|
|Comment added by antepater on May 14th, 2004|
Here is some info on the lcal Youth Hostel for cheap accomodation on the temple grounds in Sununsa Park
The number of the youth hostel on the temple grounds. I beleive there is 24hr reception. 0677-561-3333, cell is 011-683-3561 website //members.tripod.co.kr/sonunsan
|Comment added by skinsk on June 1st, 2005|
Sorry, either my computer or I are unable to produce Korean text, so I can't give the names (at this time), but the grades for the routes at Halmaebawi are, left to right: 5.9/10.a/11.b/11a (shares anchor with)11d/ 10c/11a/12a (shares anchor with)12b/ Redland 11a/11b/12c (shares anchor with) 11c/11a (shares anchor with)11a/11b (saw) 11a/11a/11d(has two equally rated finishes, one sharing the anchor with the a to the left)/10c/11a/(same start)10c-11b
I've listed routes with English names and indicated routes that share anchors in the event you get lost/confused trying to count). All route info is from a Korean guidebook; I'll try to contact the author for permission to scan and post topos.
|Comment added by Eric on June 1st, 2005|
|Here are the routes: http://www.koreaontherocks.com/user_images/91407e2347704ff.jpg|
|Comment added by kirbyf16 on August 21st, 2005|
For the nerds among us with GPS's...
N35 29 33.3 E126 37 13.9
is at the base of the wall.
|Comment added by CHOI BAWI on September 12th, 2005|
|For those eager of you have who have always wanted to take leads at Halmabawi, but could just heave your way up the one or two 5.9's there, I have great news for you! Halmae Bawi has opened up five new moderate 5.7 - 5.9 routes in the shade and bit to the left of the main wall. Check it out and have fun~|
|Comment added by ricardo on September 25th, 2005|
Be careful of the new routes; a bolt popped off (with rock) when someone was getting lowered.
I heard earlier in the day a baseball sized rock fell in the established area to the right and narrowly missed a spectators head.
Helmets advised for belayers, spectators stay back.
|Comment added by skinsk on June 8th, 2006|
|The busses to Sununsan will stop at Asan Garden restaurant in front of Halmae Bawi if you hit the button (W1250 from Gochang). I will post the Go-chang Sununsan bus schedule under "navigational photos" for Soksal Bawi. There is a bus back to Gochang at about 7:15 from the bus stop about 15m east (towards Gochang) of Halmae Bawi.|
|Comment added by benruddy on June 25th, 2011|
|Just a note about the restaurant - it's gone. The whole road junction has been changed, and the restaurant must have been bulldozed. Bring plenty of water on hot days since there is no source nearby.|
|Comment added by drkhv7 on March 20th, 2013|
This place can smell REALLY bad in late spring (2012) and gets overrun with insects (flies?).
Most climbs have labels (I've posted pics of them) to ID climb name and grade.
Very easy access from the road.
|Comment added by djwhite_2002 on March 25th, 2013|
New directions from Kunsan AB.
Take 21 to 15 S towards Mokpo. Exit at 22 After toll booth turn left. Stay on NEW 22 till after the tunnel. Turn right at first light after tunnel. Follow road around to left. Take left at intersection. This is 743. Follow 743 until T intersection. Turn right. Stay straight till you see climbing area on right. Maybe about 1 mile.
|Comment added by thepriesthood on September 3rd, 2014|
Google Map address: 290 Gyesan-ri, Asan-myeon
Kochang, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
|Comment added by chersland on May 30th, 2016|
There is an old metal sign on the wall that shows the grades of the older routes. Many of the older and newer routes also have a small sign on the bottom of the climb with name and grade.
Some of the grades are not the same on the small signs and the metal sign. To me, the few routes I tried seemed harder than the grade stated on the small signs, and the grade on the old metal sign seemed more appropriate.
Summary: don't blindly trust the small signs on each route, as they may underestimate the difficulty of the climb.