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Guksabawi Submitted on July 27th, 2010 by OOBMAN Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Gyeongsangnam-Do City: Geoje
Park: n/a Rating: 5.10 - 5.13 Style: Traditional
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The rock at this crag is a conglomerate of granite and volcanic flakes, it can easily be top roped, for access to its 6 routes. Five have shiny new cable and ring configurations. The 5.10 route has a two bolt set up to make your own anchor that route also has the only bolt. The rest are very difficult as hand holds become difficult to find on the second level. It would be a great place for aide climbing practice. The routes are no higher that 40ft and the view is spectacular.
One route has a crack that progresses up into a cave chimney.

Once on Geoje island, you want to get to the Admiral Hotel in Okpo. You can cab it (10,000 won) Or bus it for (1,000). The buses leave from the same terminal (10, 22,) there are many others, as they leave every 15 minutes.

Cars and buses take the same route get to Okpo, traveling down the main Route 14 which brings you onto Geoje, it continues straight on to Okpo. Brown signs post the Admiral Hotel along the way.

The bus will come to the top of a huge hill overlooking Okpo and the DSME shipyard. Get off at the second stop, it is small stop right on the highway. You walk down the hill and turn up the road indicating the Admiral Hotel. Once at the Admiral you'll walk around the back to the left and notice a small golf course. If you continue walking along side the golf course you see a big trailhead sign for Guksabong.

The hike is pretty straight forward 1.9km to the summit. Once on the summit you'll see a sign for "Little Guksabong" it goes into the woods behind the sign. almost immediately there is a left turn away from the trail and a rope fence descending down to the base of the crag. Note the small trail over to the top to set a rope.

Safety Concerns
This place is quite curious, it looks as if it was set up within the last year or two but no definitive routes have been set or marked. I'm only guessing at the routes difficulty. As I said, it can all be top roped easily allowing you to play on the extremely challenging areas. It would be a great place to practice aide climbing.

a helmet for the belay person wouldn't be a bad idea.

Gear to Bring
We did find that placing a few pieces of trad gear assisted us in staying closer to the rock rock face. No real need for draws.

60m rope is more than enough.

Additional Comments
Camping here is possible, though there is no evidence of it. It is quite pleasant even on hot days there is shade and cool breezes. Pack in everything you'll need.

Comment added by OOBMAN on October 5th, 2011
Unfortunately all the bolts have been removed from this crag, but the anchors are still there and shiny new. Top roping to set the routes is very easy to do. Most of the five routes are in the 12c-d range.

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