Rock Climbing in Yangshuo
Yangshuo even as the whole Guilin is a typical karst topography where high mountains without rolling, mostly separate peaks where they stand. There are many cliffs, where rock climbing can be found everywhere; it is no exaggeration to say that climbing places can be seen standing anywhere looked in any direction in Yangshuo. Where the cliffs some with joint development, some with heavily weathered, but because of rainfall, the weathered material on the cliffs depleted, leaving cracks and potholes sturdy and clean, especially for climbing, as if it is the paradise God opened specifically for rock climbers.
Yangshuo Climbing Guide
The following will be more comprehensive introduction to rock climbing existing venues in Yangshuo, which are located in Yangshuo along the road to Lipu. Traffic is very convenient, starting from the Yangshuo County to Gaotian Town on CMB (Yangshuo-Lipu) (about 10 yuan / person) or a small truck (Yangshuo- Gaotian) (about 10 yuan / person). In addition, you can also spend 5RMB in renting a bicycle on Foreigner Street and then free go sightseeing one day. In Yangshuo, you can find 4 top places to enjoy rock climbing:
1. Moon Hill
Moon Hill is an important sight in Yangshuo, it is about 7 km away from the county, and you can take a small truck over ten minutes to the foothills. First, it has to buy a ticket at the entrance area. Rock climbing venue in the Peak, there is a stone path through the Peak, which need to take twenty to thirty minutes to reach the destination.
Moon Hill is the earliest and most attractive and distinctive natural rock climbing venue in Yangshuo, where the rock climbing routes are on the northwest. There are 14 routes laying the expansion cone, 8 in the straight wall and 2 in the left and right of Moon Hill arch, another four in the vaulted position of the transition to the straight wall, with varying degrees of elevation.
There are sequential number for each route from the left of the straight rock wall, and mark with tape at the beginning of the route. The 4th and 6th routes have two pitches. Although located in the same rock, the angle, the size of the fulcrum and layout of each route are in different styles, which allows you to enjoy the various feeling of climbing. If there is enough strength, you can also attempt the several route at arch hardest, where can demonstrate your strength, endurance and guts. When get to the top of the arch, you can also enjoy the infinitely better scenery of Yangshuo.
Basic equipment needed: Safety belts, decreased devices, locks, quickly hung (at least 15), a 60m main rope and several nooses.
The Big Banyan Tree is another famous attraction of Yangshuo, and it is closer than the Moon Hill, about 6 km away from the county seat. The rock route is located in the west of the Large Banyan Tree, where passing through a village. There are three routes laying the expansion cone, two located in the south of the straight walls.
The route on the left dividing into two pitch, pitch1 with a height of 27 meters, and an average slope of 85 degrees, which difficulty degree is 5.11d; Pitch2 with a height of 15 meters, and an average gradient of 110 degrees, which difficulty degree is 5.11b. The route on the right side with a height of 28 m, and an average slope of 100 degrees, which difficulty degree is 5.12a. The other one is located in the east wall of a cave, the specific situation is unknown, and it is said the degree of difficulty is in 5.12.
Basic equipment needed: Safety belts, decreased devices, locks, quickly hung (at least 20), a 60m main rope and several nooses.
3. Golden Cat Cave
Golden Cat Cave is close to the highway, about 4 km away from the Yangshuo County seat, where there are two routes laying the expansion cone. The route on the left side is 18 meters high, with an average slope of 85 degrees, starting as a big eaves, but the fulcrum is big, the climber who with slightly power can go up easily. After turn on the eaves, there are many deep vertical and horizontal cracks with little difficulty, which is ideal route for climbing beginners.
The route on the right side is 18 meters high, with an average slope of 85 degrees, the degree of difficulty is 5.10a, starting as two consecutive large eaves, although fulcrum larger, the span is also large, which high strength is required . The route over the eaves is the same as the left, less difficult, and it is a route with elevation when close to the finish line, so, both sides are available to climb.
Basic equipment needed: Safety belts, decreased devices, locks, quickly hung (at least 10), a 60m main rope and several nooses.
4. Thumb Peak
This peak is located in the side of the road between Golden Cat Cave and the Big Banyan Tree, about 5 km away from the Yangshuo County seat.
The peak with a height of about 150m and the climbing route is about 130m, which need be divided into five pitches to climb. The route is along several large cracks to climb, the protection point can use the branches on the cliffs while other place uses rock crevices and through cooperation by friends.
Basic equipment needed: Safety belts, decreased device, lifting device, locks, quickly hung (at least 30), friends (3 sets or more), 60m main ropes (2-3), helmet and rope. If estimate cannot be completed with a day and want to stay in the rock, hanging tents, headlamps and enough food and water are needed.
The route mostly developed by foreign climbers, and also by their favorite. In fact, as long as you have enough time, equipment and technology, where there are numerous interesting places waiting for you!