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Crazy Horse General Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,000'
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Getting There 

The easiest way to get there is to come from the climbing shop in town, Chaing Mai Rock Climbing Adventures. This is in the "quiet" SE corner of town at the corner of Rajchapainai and Soy 3. Do not expect that your tuk-tuk or airport cab will know where this is. Maps are also foreign to most of them, so, like, ehhh... well, good luck.
They will, however know where the Julie Guesthouse, the T.K. Guesthouse the J.J Guesthouse or the Same Same Guesthouse. If you can make it there and walk down the street just past Pooh EcoTours, you will find the small and barely marked shop next door.
For 250 Baht per day (11/09 = $7.50) you can get a "bus" ride from there at 8:30a and back at 5PM. You can also pick up a map and rent a scooter and drive... The directions are in the guidebook for the area.


For the purpose of this page, Crazy Horse refers to the entire area and those others accessed from the same road and parking lot. Within Crazy Horse there are several walls/buttresses which shall be listed separately under their respective names.
The area is a set of karst Limestone walls, formed around and over some caves in the forests East of the Town of Chaing Mai. The weather is seasonal, but mostly warm. Climbing is year round, IF you can take the heat. Most of the year you will be trying to avoid the sunshine, but perhaps early in the morning on cold 'winter' days one might seek out the sun. As Crazy horse covers some number of cliffs, there are a variety of aspects that get sun or do not, at various times of day or year. Remember, Thailand is tropical, so unlike in the US, the sun comes alternately from the south or north and thus the various cliff lines are drastically different at different times of year.

The rocks are pretty good and will be immediately familiar to the folks who have climbed around Batu Caves, Malaysia. These bear some resemblance to the cliffs at Railee and TonSai, but are inland instead of seaside, which means warmer tempatures in the summer and no beaches, obviously. The scale of the rock is slightly smaller, with a 'large' cliff being a little under 60 meters and the Tufas more like body-length than car-sized.
The relative 'crowd' at Chaing Mai is not a crowd at all. There may be other people at the wall with you, but this is not an internationally famous destination like Railee. Actually, it's rather obscure. Other than at CrazyHorse wall, the namesake of the area, you are likely to be alone.
Enjoy it, but do take caution to watch for jungle creepy-crawly things, such as biting ants on parade in long lines or scorpions. We found one of the latter dead at the base while climbing our first day.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.3 miles from here

124 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crazy Horse General Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crazy Horse General Area:
Samurai   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   Tamarind Village
Ding Dong   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Crazy Horse Buttress
Ahya!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Crazy Horse Buttress
Chimney Sweep   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Tamarind Village
Into the Sun   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   Crazy Horse Buttress
It's Got To Be Funky   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Crazy Horse Buttress
Song Of Stone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Junkyard
Dangeours Joy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Crazy Horse Buttress
The Tree Surgeon   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   The Archway
Ants In My Pants   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   The Ant Hill
Blood, Love and Steel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Crazy Horse Buttress
Anxiety State Crisis   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport   Anxiety State Crisis Cave
The Balance of Power   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   The Furnace
Intensify   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   The Ant Hill
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