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Aircon Wall 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Ant Hill, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Anxiety State Crisis Cave 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Archway, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Buddha Buttress 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Crazy Horse Buttress 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Evening Terraces, The 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Furnace, The 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Gatekeeper Buttress 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Hanging Gardens, The 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Heart Wall 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Hoof, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Junkyard, The 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Little Monkey Cove 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Reunion Buttress 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Rooftop, The 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tamarind Village 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Windy Cave 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Access Issue: There are currently access issues, and climbing at Crazy Horse is presently closed. Details

Getting There

The easiest way to get there is to come from the climbing shop in town, Chaing Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA). This is in the "quiet" SE corner of the Old City 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.

CMRCA will provide transportation for 395 baht per day; add another 75 baht if you want a hot lunch. You'll ride in a red truck taxi, which leaves town at 8:30am, and returns at 4.30pm. You will want to reserve your seat in advance. Your transportation fee also includes fresh drinking water at the crag.

You can also pick up a map and rent a scooter and drive. The directions are in the guidebook for the area.

Description

Crazy Horse Buttress is the jewel of northern Thailand climbing. It is a very different experience than Railay: You are swapping seaside views for arid jungle. You also lose the convenience of hopping out of your bungalow and and being able to clip your first bolt five minutes later -- instead, you have a 45 minute commute from town. The upside is that the climbing here is rarely crowded, and many of the routes are less polished. Crazy Horse also offers the opportunity to climb inside some substantial caves: Morning Glory, for example, is a 5.10 about 100' feet long in the Windy Cave. The Anxiety State cave has some short and easy routes, as well as multipitch classic testpieces. Routes are generally well bolted. And, although Crazy Horse does not have the corrosion problems of Railay, the area is gradually being rebolted with titanium glue-ins. Chiang Mai is also a vibrant city, with lots of opportunities for rest day activities.

The entry to the lower Anxiety State cave. The (upper area of) cave is a popular caving spot for the CMRCA.

There are three seasons for climbing in Chiang Mai: hot, hotter, and hot and wet. Daytime highs will often hit 100F by April (Note: temps at the crag will often be several degrees cooler than in town). Summer gets quite warm, and there is a rainy season in early fall. Overall, the rainy season for Crazy Horse is shorter than for Railay, and average humidity levels are a little lower as well. Here's a link to the Wikipedia entry for the seasonal weather norms:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chian…

It is possible to chase shade all day. Also, it can be quite cool on winter mornings, particularly if you are riding a scooter from town.

Dangers and hazards: Honey bees build large nests on the underside of roofs, and are aggressive. In contrast, wax bees have short tube-like nests, and are pretty harmless. You will find wasps on occasion as well. There are also centipedes, scorpions, and red ants which can inflict nasty bites. The dogs that live at the cliff are generally friendly, and the monkeys here are rarely seen. Some of the tamarind plants are painful to touch, ditto for nettles found along the trail.

There is often a monk living by the cave system on the right side of the Ant Hill. Please be respectful in this area.
Honey bee hive

wax bees

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Ahya!
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 35
Chimney Sweep
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Beautiful Mess
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Reindeer Request
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
It's Got To Be Funky
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Into the Sun
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 28
Song Of Stone
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Dangeours Joy
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 28
Blood, Love and Steel
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 28
The Tree Surgeon
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Anxiety State Crisis
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Jai Glah Reu Blao (Are You Courageous)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Headhunters
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
The Balance of Power
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 15
Intensify
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ahya! Crazy Horse Buttress
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Chimney Sweep Tamarind Village
 35
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Beautiful Mess Anxiety State Crisis…
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Reindeer Request Crazy Horse Buttress
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
It's Got To Be Funky Crazy Horse Buttress
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Into the Sun Crazy Horse Buttress
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Song Of Stone Junkyard
 28
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Dangeours Joy Crazy Horse Buttress
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Blood, Love and Steel Crazy Horse Buttress
 28
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Tree Surgeon Archway
 28
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Anxiety State Crisis Anxiety State Crisis…
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Jai Glah Reu Blao (Are You… Heart Wall
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Headhunters Crazy Horse Buttress
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Balance of Power Furnace
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Intensify Ant Hill
 15
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Bryan G   Yosemite
The best place to stay is Jira's Homestay, located a couple hundred feet south of the turnoff for the dirt road leading up to Crazy Horse (so about a 15-20 min walk from your room to the crag). The rooms are very cheap, about 250 baht for a 2 person room if you stay longer than 5 nights. The restaurant has great food with huge portions, and they have free drinking water to fill up your bottle, and WiFi. The easy and expensive way to get there is to take a one-way ride on the CMRCA shuttle. The more difficult to figure out and much cheaper way is to take the local bus, see some of the comments on the main Chiang Mai page for more details. Feb 12, 2017
Ryan Nevius
Chiang Mai, TH
Ryan Nevius   Chiang Mai, TH
Crazy Horse Buttress is currently closed indefinitely. Here's a statement released by Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures:

To all CMRCA community members and independent climbers,

You may have noticed in recent weeks that there has been discussion on social media and in the news about concerns with access at Crazy Horse Buttress. There are claims that CMRCA, it’s founders and some foreign staff have been operating a business that is damaging to the environment. Additionally they claim that CMRCA has been operating without proper permission and has taken advantage of the community.

These claims are completely unfounded and do not represent our commitment to community, sustainability and adventure during the past 15 years. We wish to assure the community that over the past fifteen years, we have done everything according to the law and proper procedure and in close collaboration with the Mae On community and its leaders.

As the case is currently under investigation, we unfortunately cannot provide any more detail. Additionally due to the investigation, we regret to inform you that Crazy Horse Buttress will be closed to all climbers including CMRCA beginning 01 August 2018. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

We advise that no one attempt to climb at Crazy Horse during this period. This includes all climbers Thai or foreign. Those who climb will be in violation of the law and may risk arrest. We are uncertain as to why this has become an issue now and are working tirelessly to address the issue and preserve access in the future.

We will update you as soon as we have any additional information regarding the issue.

Climb On

Josh and Kat Morris
Founders
CMRCA Aug 3, 2018 · Temporary Report

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