The date three exchange students and four
Yonsei Global members went climbing was November 8th, which is the
next day of Ipdong(입동, 立冬, the
start of winter), so it was quite cold. The location was Summit Sports Climbing
Center, about 10 minutes far from Yonsei University by walk. On the entrance,
we went downstairs, and we took our shoes off.
First, before we started climbing, we
should stretch, make the body flexible and ready to start climbing. Another
thing we did before climbing was renting our shoes from the center. Climbing
shoes are made for climbing, so the shoes are tighter, smaller, and curled
compared to regular shoes. All set, students, one by one, started climbing,
with the instructor pointing holds for left/right hand/foot. Your hands can get
sweaty, and this will make you slip or fall, so we used liquid chalk, you can
simply ask the instructor for one!
Climbing can look easy, but you use muscles
that you really don’t use on a daily basis. Also, holds are small, so how you
place your hands/feet is quite important, so that you don’t slip or fall.
Holding on tight and using muscles can exhaust, so it is important to take a
rest. After everyone climbed the same course once, we took a break for about 5
to 10 minutes.
Vertical walls are easier to climb than
inclined walls, so after we climbed the vertical ones, we challenged to climb
the inclined ones. Although we kept falling, it was fun to see everyone keep
After about 2 hours
of climbing, we got exhausted and hungry, so we went to GuiMaeul(구이마을) at Sinchon to eat Samgyeopsal(삼겹살, Korean
pork belly bbq). We had a great time, enjoying BBQ and getting to know each
We had such a
great time climbing and enjoying dinner with the exchange students! Hope we get
to see each other next time!
~Special tips for climbing~
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. Make
sure your nails are short because they can break during climbing. Keep yourself
hydrated. Also, when you’re not waiting to climb, you can take your climbing
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