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Crazier Horse Buttress

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 4

The Arrival of Friends

The sun was out in all its glory that morning, prompting us to quickly grab our climbing gear and to head out to the Crazy Horse Buttress as soon as we could! We decided to head straight to the Furnace this time around, mainly because of the number of times that we had passed by the wall. The two routes that we decided to warm up on were located on the far left of the wall and had their anchors veering off to the right so we made it a point to watch our rope management with the tree as we lowered off. Read more
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Crazy Horse Buttress

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 1

Songthaews

We made our way, bright and early, out of Chiang Mai's Tha Phae Gate (East Gate) and eastwards to Warorot Market (ตลาดวโรรส), the point where the yellow songthaews that made their way to Mae On District for the buttress of Crazy Horse supposedly waited. We hadn't had much time at all to see the city since we had arrived in Chiang Mai late the day before, but that hadn't left me discouraged in the slightest as we had travelled all this way predominantly for the excellent rock climbing that Chiang Mai was reputed to have on offer. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

White Mountain


White mountain is a massive crag that is about 200 metres long. The crag has a myriad of climbing routes to choose from, although they tend to be fairly sustained climbs and lean towards the more difficult grades. More than half of the routes that you can find there are graded at 7b and higher, but there are a couple of routes for beginner climbers that are around 6a. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Xingping


The plan that day was to hike for 16 km from the town of Xingping (Mandarin : 兴平市) to Shuiyantou, which was just across the river from the town of Yangdi. The hike was to be along roads that flanked the scenic Li River for almost the entire way, and involved two river crossings--the first crossing over from the east bank of the river to Lengshui, and the second from Quanjiazhou and back over to the east bank of the river once again. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Moon Hill Approach


Moon Hill (Mandarin: 月亮山) is a hill that has a nicely formed semicircular arch that cuts right through the middle of it. The arch is all that is left of what was once a limestone karst cave that has long since eroded. Moon Cave lies a few kilometres south of the town of Yangshuo and only requires a very short and easy hike to get to. The accessibility of the hill and its iconic status makes it a very popular attraction with tourists. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Chicken Cave


It was raining once again that morning, which meant that it had rained for three days in a row. We had already made plans to head to 'Chicken Cave' the next time it rained, as the guidebook had stated that that crag was one of the best places to climb in wet weather. The others were not so keen on cycling the same way all over again though, so Lily said that she will call a taxi (CNY40/5) for us whilst we went out to get some glutinous rice and sausage (Mandarin: 香肠, CNY7) for lunch later on. Read more
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