Extreme Rider Big Wall Festival

Yesterday I went to the Mountain Hardwear Extreme Rider Big Wall Festival, which took place at the park in Ttukseom Resort. My friend was one of the climbers organizing the event and it was quite fun to watch. My friend’s climbing school name is Extreme Rider and, yes, some of the climbing they do is quite extreme.

2009 Mountain Hardwear Big Wall Festival

2009 마운틴하드웨어 빅 월 페스티발

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and skies don’t get much better than this in Seoul.

Climbing Wall they used for the competition

Climbing Wall they used for the competition

The festival started at 9am and I didn’t show up until 4:30pm. So unfortunately, I only got to see one of the contests. It was a team relay race. Each teammate had to do five chin-ups on the climbing wall, go up the rope, touch the tennis ball at the top, come down and then let another teammate do the same.

Racing up the rope

Racing up the rope

Going up...

Going up...

Racing

Racing

Graceful

Graceful

Up & Down

Up & Down

At the top

At the top

Competitors

Competitors

The event drew quite a few curious bystanders, including this man and his pet bird.

Birdman, spiderman

Birdman, spiderman

Apparently he took some time to train the bird.

뽀뽀

뽀뽀

Saturday’s competition ended at 6pm, with the finals taking place on Sunday. A lot of the climbers set up their tents in the park, and kept going through the night.

Night climbing

Night climbing

And I had never seen this before in Seoul: hundreds of ajummas sync dancing in public.  I would have taken more pictures, but was told I wasn’t allowed to.

아줌마 댄스

아줌마들

Live, it looked something like this:

아줌마 댄스

아줌마 댄스

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~ by nathanhendrix on September 20, 2009.

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