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Annual KOTRi Climbing Film Festival set for November 8

Mark your calendar for November 8th, and be sure to attend the annual KOTRi fundraiser film tour. Enjoy some good film while also supporting a great cause. Bogue Hermsmeyer tells us more.

Before I moved to Korea for the first time in 2009 I was deeply concerned about how I would spend my time here. Having lived in Colorado for my adult life, I was seeking out some sort of outdoor sport to throw myself into. Then I found a website, Korea on the Rocks. (KOTR)

Not necessarily a website for drink enthusiasts (although there turned out to be plenty of that) KOTR was a place to gather and share information regarding rock climbing around Korea. The mountainous Korean countryside offers up climbing in every nook and cranny of the country. It was also great for meeting new people, and it made my transition to life as an expat better than I possibly could have imagined.

After departing Korea and traveling for a few years, I found myself back in the ROK in 2012, this time in Busan. It was actually some of my climbing friends I met years before who recommended living here. Upon my return, I discovered a new organization had formed, KOTRi (Korea On The Rocks Initiatives).

KOTRi raises funds and gives back to the climbing community in several ways. KOTRi puts on amazing film festivals, organizes re-bolting and cleanup efforts, donates to injured climbers, establishes new climbing areas, and maintains good relationships with landowners just to name a few.

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I have had a blast volunteering for KOTRi over the last couple of years. One of the best events, and a highlight of the year is the Film Tour. In 2013 Film Tour events were held in Daegu and Seoul. I volunteered at each event and had an amazing time doing so… This year we have secured a KOTRi Film Tour location right here in our beloved Busan. Since this is the first event of its kind to be held here, the Busan climbing community has been planning and preparing for a fantastically fun event set for November 8th in Dongnae.

KOTRi puts on amazing film festivals, organizes re-bolting and cleanup efforts, donates to injured climbers, establishes new climbing areas, and maintains good relationships with landowners just to name a few.

This years event will kick off in the early afternoon.  We have rented out the outdoor climbing wall and will have climbing and activities going on all afternoon. The climbing wall opens at 11:00 and refreshments go on sale at 2:00pm. There will be loads of gear to give away in a raffle, as well as a silent auction to purchase some great outdoor gear. There will be two films at this years event. “Valley Uprising” is about climbing counterculture in Yosemite during the 1960’s and 70’s and has had fantastic reviews. A local film about climbing in Korea “SLOW” will also be shown, and showcases amazing scenery from right here in the ROK. Show time is at 6 pm. The fun won’t stop after the show, as we will have a post film party at Billy Jean in Haeundae.

You don’t have to be a climber to have fun at this event. So whether you are a seasoned veteran, new to the sport, or never climbed a day in your life, you should mark your calendar for November 8th! Come on out, have a blast, meet some new people, and contribute to a good cause. You can purchase tickets prior to the show and get directions to the event by visiting the KOTRi website:


Schedule and Ticket Info:

  • 11:00am- Dongnae Climbing Wall opens. Free for the day to all guests of the film tour. The gym is right next to the event theater. Don’t bring quickdraws! They will already be on the wall.
  • 2:00pm-Raffle tickets, drinks, and food go on sale in the courtyard in front of the theater. Contests, activities, and the silent auction begin.
  • 5:00pm- Doors open
  • 6:00pm- The films begin
  • 10:15pm- Charter bus leaves headed to the after party at Billy Jeans in Haeundae.

To Purchase Tickets:

  • 10,000 won advance (8,000members)
  • 15,000 at the door (12,000 members)

Getting there: At Myeongnyun Station exit 2, turn right. Take a left at the first street (look for the KOTRi banner). Follow this street straight for 10 minutes, through a stoplight, and towards the mountain. You will see the Central Park Heights Apt Towers. The theater and climbing wall are behind the towers.

Or tell a taxi driver “동래문화회관”


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