Towangsong Falls View Full Version of Towangsong Falls

Province Name: Gangwon-Do
City Name: Sokcho
Type of Area: Ice Climbs

Description
Towangsong is an awesome 320m ice line consisting of a 100m (75-95 deg) lower falls and 150m (90-95 deg) upper falls.

Directions
Buses 7 and 7-1 (900 won) head to Seoraksan from Sokcho. Ride to the end of the line. Enter the park (3,400 won). Cross the river on a bridge near the lower cable car terminal. Follow the trail to Biryongpokpo. This 12m 80deg falls can be bypassed on climbers left via a climbers trail that starts 100m downstream of Biryong falls between two metal bridges. From the top of the falls follow the main drainage up to Towangsong falls. Total approach time from park entrance 1:30.

Safety Concerns
Descent: Rap the route or locate the fixed lines to climbers left of the lower falls.

Gear to Bring
You know.

Additional Comments
FA: Y.B Park and B. M. Song, Jan. 1977 - 12 days of siege tactics required for FA.

More Comments
Comment added by CHOI BAWI on February 19th, 2006
PRECAUTIONS: PLEASE NOTE GRADES FOR EACH SECTION OF TOWUANGSEONG ICE FALL BELOW. MUST MAKE OWN ANCHOR POINTS ATOP EACH SECTION. VERY DANGEROUS POTENTIAL FALLING ICE. MUST BRING HELMET. POTENTIAL ICE BUILD UP ON ROPE ON LOWER SECTION ABSEIL. CELLULAR PHONE RECEPTION IS FINE AT ICE FALL.

LOWER SECTION(90M+): ABSEIL STATION IS TO THE RIGHT SIDE. TWO STATIONS TOTAL ROUGHLY FIFTY METERS EACH. GRADE: WI4~5

MIDDLE SECTION(100M): NO ABSEIL STATION. PRACTICE CAUTION. GRADE: WI1~2

UPPER SECTION(130M+): CONTINUE UPWARD TO THE FLAT FOR TREE ANCHOR BELAY STATION AT LEFT. FROM HERE, FOLLOW THE NARROW PATH AND STATIC ROPE TO THE LEFT FO THE FALL TO THE ABSEIL STATION. THERE ARE FOUR STATIONS TOTAL, ROUGHLY LESS THAN 50M IN LENGTH. ANCHORS BOLTS ARE NEW, BUT AMERICAN DEATH TRIANGLE ANCHORS PREVAIL. UPPER SECTION SNAGS WHEN CLEANING ROPE ON RAP. GRADE: WI5~6

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KOREAN ALPINE FEDERATION RESCUE AT: http://www.seorak.or.kr PH: 033)636-8442
COREAN ALPINE CLUB RESCUE AT: http://www.guidesorak.or.kr PH: 033)636-8115)

Comment added by jhalpin on January 16th, 2014
Towangsong or TowuangSeong translates to "Earthly King Fortress". It is apparently the frozen waterfall in all of East Asia.

Comment added by jhalpin on January 16th, 2014
That is the tallest frozen waterfall.