So when Mike said he would be in Daegu this weekend, I thought, "Great. . . no planning, no looking for new places, no massive approaches and trad gear and tents, something different and uncomplicated. . . go to Daegu and sport climb. . . go lite . . .rope and draws." Met Mike and Mat at Power Climbing and saw old (but young
friends. . . got in a Thursday burn. . . great gym--a bit packed but good energy! Crash at Mat's and head to Yeon-kyeong dong on Friday. Everything went smoothly. Nice weather, good climbing (see Mat at YY post). Quite a few climbing parties (lot of older folks learning the ropes), all very friendly! We ended up meeting some of them for drinks and pig-intestines (see photo in photoplog). I politely declined, citing vegetarianism.
Friday night Rick and Josh show up, followed by Melanie, Keith, Corey and Alex. Early-ish night, and a late-ish start Saturday with quite a brunch feast! 11!! Waeguks at Yeon-kyeong Dong! (see photoplog) Mat got to break in his new gear-- in the rain. Weather turned soggy but that didn't stop us, especially Alex. We called it an early day when the routes turned into waterfalls and went back to Mat's (see photoplog). Split between the Sauna and Downtown then cozied up in Mat's Love Motel for the night (see photoplog).
Sunday-- is Sunny (at least for brief periods in the AM) and we head out to Yuhaksan and that's where the story really begins. First it should be noted that while the directions in this site are good, all of the key signs face the other direction, so you need to have someone looking back! Or, turn around when the road abruptly ends (well, preferably before). Where the posting says the road is steep, well, the Galloper made it up; Pedro did not (but that is best told by the Ilsan/Seoul folks). . . no one was taken out (in this part of the story) . . . and Pedro waited in the lower parking lot. . . meanwhile, the Jeolla/Kyeongsan/Galloper group reached the top and was scoping the crag when we arrived at one of the more distant crags where a Korean team was practicing drytooling. A rock was dislodged and well, Mat was pretty much in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was dawdling and arrived just in time to see the bump and gash and pool of blood before the Korean team bandaged the former. Fortunately, Mat was lucid if, well, he did want to stay and climb!! but those of us not hit/sliced in the head by rock thought better and an hour and 4? stiches later, Mat was ready to join us for Yeon-kyeong. Rick did an awesome lead of the 5.10 (first climb as you walk up the trail)-- really fluid (see YY post). Mat also climbed exceedingly well, and kept warm and fashionable in a hat
Rain. . . raining rocks. . . nothing can stop this man and now he has a rope and draws. . . all in all, great attitudes made up for the cold and gray weather and AM setbacks and what could have been a disaster was a good climbing day!
Another night at the all-you-can-eat buffet and we headed back. First to drop Mike off in Daejeon (Did he make it back in time? He'll have to fill us in.), then off to. . . just outside of Daejeon, where all the lights in the Galloper went off and the thermometer neared the orange. Rick pulled over and sure enough we overheated. The fan belt had popped. . .and as we discovered earlier in the trip, we were short of phones, battery power and numbers (of people who might help). . .except through a fortunate series of events, we had Jake's number. Spot on Jake saves the day, Rick reading him the insurance info, Kyung-ah on the other phone with the insurance people in Jeonju. . . and around 12:30 (after one nice woman stopped and was a little surprised to see us), the tow truck appeared! 4 of us fit into the cab, and we dropped the car off at the service center, through our packs on the bed of the truck, and took a lift to the nearby Palace of Dreams motel. Best $40 room I've seen in Korea! Jacuzzi, 2 beds, lounge chair. . . well, a suspect bathrobe. . . in the morning (after breaking into the tequila that night) we walked back to the center, the belt was replaced, my AM class was cancelled, Josh? Rick? How went it all? Thanks to both of you guys and if I was ever trapped in an elevator, taken hostage, caught in a flood, etc. . . well, I would want it to be with you guys!! Yes, I wish to share my disasters with y'all! (As long as Jake is has his cell phone on! daedanhi gamsahamnida Jake and Kyung-ah!!) (various scenes from this in photoplog)
OK, this is skeletal report of the weekend, and it need to be completed, holes filled, etc by everyone. I'll post some photos. . .
chicks dig scars
I am a chick . . .
with too many scars. . .
I am buying a climbing helmet.