The weekend started earlier… earlier than any weekend should. At the unholy hour of 5:00 a.m. (give or take a few crusty-eyed minutes) my friends and I left Pohang and embarked on a cross country trip to climb the challenging rocks of Yongseo Pokpo. It was myself, Courtney, Mary, and Stefan all packed like sleepy sardines into a small 5 seat compact car with naught but packs, our climbing gear, a handful of over-played CD’s, and a pitifully poor assortment of maps and directions. An adventure much like any other.
Enjoying the sun in some random town.
The ‘waterfall’. A wee bit dry.
Mary leading. The furthest I got on this run is that
cleft in the very top of the picture
Showing the rock who’s boss
I put my life in these peoples’ hands and this happens ^
In the area, I found things that made the little boy in me giddy with excitement. CRITTERS! If you’ve known me since grade school, you might remember I wanted to be a herpetologist – someone who studies reptiles and amphibians. Even though I went away from that, I’ve always loved scaly and slimy things and love picking them up to say hello. At the waterfall, I found fire-bellied toads and little frogs! I did make one very important discovery. You know how frogs are supposed to turn into something sexy when you kiss them? It’s a load of hooey. No sexy princess for me :'(
Didn’t kiss this little guy. Don’t do that to toads!
After the two runs I did I was pretty tuckered out, so I called it quits climbing. I still belayed a few times though… using my trusted belay device. I have no desire to use that gri-gri ever again… I feel much more comfortable using the traditional ones. I didn’t have any near-drops this time… much to everyone’s delight.
Belayin’ like a BOSS
Aww, look at that drool. Momma, aren’t you proud?
Green tea plantation
Us with the green tea fields in the background.
My friends 🙂