Wolchulsan Hyeongjaebong Ridge Route
Here's the beta for the Hyeongjaebong Ridge Route, as some people may want to supplement their plastic with some natural stuff this weekend.
general orientation: looking toward the Cheonwhangsan area from the parking lot as a circle of peaks with barampokpo in the middle, Hyeongjaebong Ridge is on the right hand side, starting at about the 5 o'clock position, and going counterclockwise to its last pitch at about the 2 o'clock position, then cutting into the center of this circle down past barampokpo in the center, back to the parking lot (6 o'clock position).
est. time for a team of two: 2 hrs. 30 min.
equipment: 1 rope, 3 mid-range cams, 6 draws, 3 slings
highest difficulty level: 5.6
approach: Go up 15 min. from the Cheonhwangsa parking lot to a crossing in the road. Take the right side which goes toward barampokpo (wind falls), cross the steel bridge, and look for a "chulip geumji (do not enter)" sign on the right side of the trail. Behind this sign is the old trail to barampokpo. Follow this faint trail about 10 minutes to the start of the ridge route.
protection: good due to bolts and available trees
other comments: comfortable shoes, since much walking
p1 (15m, 5.5): climb up some good holds and a dihedral crack, and secure to the tree at the top. walk 200 m. to the next pitch
p2 (40 m, 5.5): a nice face climb with five bolts and two bolts at the top to secure.
p3 (40 m, 5.6, first peak): starts with a chimney on the left and face/slab on the right (choose one). walk 100 m. to the top of this peak.
p4 (25 m, 5.4, second peak): easy face. walk 30 m. to the next pitch.
p5 (10 m, 5.3, third peak): get on the small boulder in front, then jump to the bigger boulder behind it, to the top, where there is a pair of rappel bolts on top
rappel: using the double rappel bolts at the top of the third peak, rappel down 15 m., then look for the tree with slings on it, use a sling on the tree to rappel down another 20 m. to the descent trail
descent trail: continue in the same direction until you pass a clearing (gwangamtuh); the trail eventually joins the hiking trail which goes down to barampokpo, and continues parallel to the stream to the starting point
camping: there is camping area just above the ticket office
(excerpted and translated from Ridge Climbing Guide)