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Korea in the Spring (mid-March to April)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonia Apr 9, 2008. 7 Replies


Started this discussion. Last reply by 9b Jan 19, 2008. 5 Replies


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CLIMBING areas, even far from my location, NOT convenient for me to meet climbers, but that I can give informations about
I am pretty knowledgeable about climbing in Korea, Thailand and the USA, some about Vietnam, Europe.
My preferred climbing areas
have climbed all over the world. . . love to explore new places and return to old favorites!
My climbing experience
With some breaks (for breaks-- I tend to break bones on a regular basis!), I have climbed, on and off, from a few days a year to obsessively-compulsively, for 23 years?

Climbed all over the USA, in particular in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, S. Dakota, but also in Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho. . .

In Europe I've climbed in the Gorges de Verdon, Meteora, Arco, and on artificial walls in Austria and Slovenia. . .

I've also climbed in Morocco, Jordan, Vietnam and (mostly Mountaineering) in India and Nepal. Oh, and of course Thailand and extensively in KOREA!
My preferred climbing site (LINK) skinsk (please not Skinsk. . . it's ...
sport singlepitches, bouldering, dws, sport multipitches, trad singlepitches, trad multipitches
Sport climbing "on sight" range and limit level
Sport climbing "after work" range and limit level
Bouldering range/limit level
Deep water soloing range/limit level
3-4m!! (I'd like to work on this!!)
WHEN I'm available to climb around my location and travel to climb far from my location (ADVANCED MEMBER SEARCH PARAMETERS)
always just advise me a right time before
English. . . OK, my mother's language(s) = Slovene(German) but mom didn't teach me
CLIMBER, climbing guidebook EDITOR, climbing guidebook AUTHOR
Interested in climbing and exchange languages with FOREIGNER climbers, also travelling FAR from my location
LANGUAGES I know a little I would like to improve OFFline climbing with foreign climbers and/or with ONline language exchanges (ADVANCED MEMBER SEARCH PARAMETERS)
Korean, French, want to learn German
VOIP (instant messages and voice) networks (Skype, Gtalk, ...) + related nick-name
soniaknapp (skype) soniaknapprocks (AIM)
Online language exchanges with voip (skype, ...): of course, speaking about climbing ;-)
Origin Country
USA (with Austrian citizenship/passport)
My location now (city and/or town and/or region)
traveling KOREA at the moment! June: US Summer: Korea; Fall: Europe
ACCOMODATION (and kind of) close to climbing areas to rent / exchange / offer )
I can give my help and advices
single and looking for my opposite sex climbing friend ;-)
Status/occupation (student, worker, ... if You want specify)
retired Prodfessor/ writing a climbing guide/ looking for work in Europe (help?!)
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Mobile/cellular phone (country code included)
My personal blog and/or site (LINK)
My personal SOCIAL NETWORK ( Facebook, Myspace, ... ) LINK
I am resigtered at other climbing sites. . . usually as Sonia or sk...

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I suck!

Posted on April 30, 2008 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

as a blogger, I SUCK!! OK, I even admit that in the past I posted under dates different than when I wrote the posts, but I am coming clean. . . I haven't blogged in weeks!

Well, on the plus side. . . I healed myself in 3 weeks. . . I swear! my docs are in denial!

So after the break, I spent 3 days with my friends (they let me boulder at their gym with my splint) and then I headed off. I drove, true, and maybe I scrambled and rappelled to check bolts, etc. . . but I didn't… Continue

going going argh pftt

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 5:00am 0 Comments

so I haven't posted in a bit (probably no one really reading this anyway!) but things were starting to come together-- climbing a bit and getting some work done! From Munsusan in Ulsan, I went to Miryang Saturday to get Ian and Marissa and climb at Bueongsae Bawi. . . can't say the weather was great-- very overcast and quite a wind! but it was good to get on such a beautiful rock, and great to have Ian rope-gunning! Unfortunately, after topping out on one of the climbs, I was lowering and I hit… Continue

Has it been a WEEK?

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 9:03am 0 Comments

Wow. . . so back to Munsusan during the week-- Dave sent his 11d project 4th try! I belayed his last two tries. . .a bit dramatic on the send-- pulling up rope, dropping it, yelling for me to "take" but just the slack (he was above the bolt!!) but an awesome send, and he deserved the rest-day Thursday. I spent a few work-days at the crags, and visited the gyms in town. Oh Haeng-sun, whom we met last weekend, met me one evening for a chat/workout. I'll have to talk to her when I return to Ulsan.… Continue

climb write belay

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments

well, busy busy busy. . . Sat a bunch of folks met up for some climbing at Daeryokbong on Geumjeongsan. Dave from Gunsan tured 21 on Sunday, and along with Mike from Osan, was starting a week-long trip thru Korea. Rick, Dalton and Colby (with a friend, Tom) came out, as did locals Dave and Natalie (whom I met at the Meet and Greet) and Heather from Ulsan. The local Busan Climbers and PNU Alpine Club were out as well, and were able to help me match all the climbs up. Sunday it rained-- so I did… Continue

Productivity!! warning: post contains reflections and tangents

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 9:55am 0 Comments

Well, things finally got ultra productive!! I managed to find the areas north of Tongyeong pretty easily. The young woman at the information center (where I added to my hefty map collection) in Tongyeong had given me a general area yesterday. She helped me find the myeon-- a rural administrative district in Korea-- on the map. Now I was on the main road, and as soon as I entered Gwnagdo-myeon, I saw the Myeon office. I have had pretty good luck stopping at administrative offices for informtion… Continue

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At 11:08pm on May 13, 2008, Luis Suasnávar Gómez said…
Hi Sonia, the place where you saw the man living in a cave is called "Jalcomulco" and it is located in "Veracruz" Mèxico.
This man is named "Sodda" and he has a hoztal where the climbers can stay.
At 3:36pm on February 18, 2008, Anders Fougner said…
i don't find you at
At 6:58pm on January 10, 2008, 9b said…
Here the link ( for the forum dedicated to Madagascar: please, SHARE YOUR INFOS !
At 6:54pm on January 10, 2008, 9b said…
Ei Cocun ! You have been in Madagascar too ! So now You have to give "names and contacts" not only to Sonia, I hope, but to all the (not so big) 9b comunity !!
What do you think about it ?
I run to open a discussion forum dedicated to Madagascar ... please, write in that forum Your informations!
At 6:47pm on January 10, 2008, Cocun said…
Sonja, if you like vergin places, go to Madagascar!!! I have been in Tonsai in 2001 and in 2005 in Mada... it is fantastic! If needed, I can give you some names and good contacts to spend very little and stay well
At 11:07pm on December 29, 2007, Michele said…
hi sonia...
At 7:30am on December 14, 2007, Ricky said…
Hi! I joined.
At 2:04am on December 14, 2007, Sonia said…
Amazing yes. . . I am curious about the constuction and changes. . . last Feb it was impossible to get away from the noise, sanitation was aweful and many people got sick! it has changed so much over the years (I've gone about 6 times? from 1998-2007 and I get a little sad these days:( ) Of course, the climbs are still amazing, over the water. . . but the debris washed up on the beach with the tide. . . I have to say it detracted from my enjoyment, as did the barges on the beach . . . blah:(

Vietnam! I am psyched to explore virgin territory, and get back to a laid back community like Tonsai last millenium. . . should you find your way back to Asia. . .
At 9:51am on December 13, 2007, 9b said…
Ciao Sonia !!
Welcome here at 9 b c d e f g .... ;-)
I see You are the real traveler climber: my compliments !

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27cragsclimbervoice8a and many others are amazing sites, but sometimes, expecially if you worked a lot to envision, bolt, clean routes or boulders, you want to monetize a little your efforts.

9b can help you in this aim.


As you can see here, in 9b there are many " topo groups ".


You can add a discussion in every "topo group".

In your discussion you can edit and publish your own climbing topoguide, as a "paywall", a "destination page", requiring climbers their payment by credit card or paypal to access and read, even on SMARTPHONES (iphones, android phones, ...)


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