Tuesday, December 27, 2011

South Korea Micro-Adventures :: S24O (Sub 24-hour Overnight Adventure) :: Yongpyeong 용평 MTB Touring, Bicycle Camping

Let's start with an introduction to Sub 24-hour Overnight Adventures (S24O) or Micro Adventures.
S24O (Sub-24 hour, Overnight Adventure...) 
Try link - Thanks to the Adventure Cycling Association, USA

S24O is a style of bicycle camping promoted by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works as an easy way to spend more time outside on a bike. Unlike conventional touring, the s24o encourages going on short (sub twenty-four hour) camping trips. The logic being that if it is short and uncomplicated, it is easier to arrange and easier to make happen. Typically this happens on bicycles and only necessary gear is brought.

용평리조트 3일간 상세예보  Yongpyong temperatures for my Korea Micro-adventure S24O

최저최고-20.0℃ / 

-9.0℃ / -1.0℃-10.0℃ / -2.0℃
요약날씨구름조금구름많음구름많고 눈 또는 비

 First stop, Gangneung Bike Mart (AN DAE GI) my local Sponsor's excellent bicycle store of choice 
in Gangwon-do, Korea (:   

Next: a very Cold, cold, cold...S24O mountain mission, Gangwon-do, South Korea.

 My Blackcat MTB Tour lined up with An Dae Gi's line of excellent machines 
(I wish I owned a few more of them myself...)

 It's sad to see logging trucks coming out of Gangneung, Korea has the potential to well forested, but only the new growth will remain.

 Hwy 215 from Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea ---about 26km up the mountain you'll find this amazing coffee house.

 Roads were amazingly clear, the record low temperatures made for Adventure Cycling at the heart of Korea (-17.0℃)

 Cold weather, mountain hammer, 1200 meters, about 60 kilometers return to home in 24 hours, camped on a snowed over farm, highlight at reported -17 Celsius, 
living on the edge...while still so close to home! 

 "Headgear", the record lows were definitely a surprise last night, good weather for survival missions to improve the edge of Adventure Cycling http://korean-world.blogspot.com  Last night was a whopping -20.0℃ ...steam from the sleeping bag crystallized in the air just opening to dry out my Merino base layer (: Damn!

용평리조트 3일간 상세예보
날짜 12월27일(화) 12월28일(수) 12월29일(목)
시간 09 12 15 18 21 00 03 06 09
최저최고 -20.0℃ / -2.0℃ -9.0℃ / -1.0℃ -10.0℃ / -2.0℃

 Mountain rivers never stop moving in Gangwon Province, South Korea. Yongpyeong 

 Winter wonderland, ice, snow and icy mountain rivers that continue to flow, 
my dream adventure in 24 hours

 It turned into a night mission to get to level fields, was completely soaked in sweat when I finally got there to setup camp / cook pasta / lockup / prepare for a long, long, cold, cold night - I also sent updates to Facebook directly through mobile (2G) text message.

 Cold, cold, cold...mountain mission, Gangwon-do, South Korea 
S24O (Sub-24 hour Overnight Adventure...)

 Steam from my wet merino base layers turns into instant crystals, it was -20 Celsius outside the tent

 S24O - Sub-24 Hour Overnight Micro-Adventure. Survived it! 

 The camp, choose your farming field with 2 foot snow pack. I dug a hole in front of the tent to cook pasta + reheat sauce (:

 2008 Blackcat, a Made in China MTB, now customized with a mix of 2008 components (FOX RL, Avid BB7, Mavic wheels, Make-it-yourself front rack, Topeak Supertourer Disc DX rear carrier rack, Shimano LX dual control brakes/rapid fire shifters, Bontrager Race handlebars, Shimano SLX 175mm crankset, Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed chain, Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires, Happy rides (:

 Shoes were frozen stiff, worked them in with more riding this morning, warmed up with more cappuccino & hot chocolate (:

Love Old Hwy 415, a Mystery Road in Gangwon-do Province, South Korea - 22.2km to Kangnung, love the spelling and this location

 Visiting Gangneung, give me a call. (:

 Bike-Camping in Gangwon-do. It's simple. Take an Express Bus to Gangneung and ride Hwy 35 and 415

 Fighter pilot: Blackcat MTB Touring Fighter

 My camp on top of Yongpyong/Pyeongchang-gun 22.2km from Gangneung city limits, follow Hwy 415

Preparing for future expeditions, one day at a time, it's all you can do. 
Never impossible, just trying it out.

In partnership with ETE (Education Through Expeditions, UK)
visit the websites to find out more.
Enjoy the ride. (:

1 comment:

James Moss said...

Brian, this looks amazing, I would really like to do do some cold weather cycling, did you use special tyres?

Where are all those forests? I'd like to take a look in google maps. Your site is bookmarked!

Please share the free inspiration and adventure cookbook with all your friends and families (:

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About the Korean-World Author

Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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