Shoushan Nature Park Rock Climbing
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With a little imagination, this place could be considered "Little Crazy Horse" for its resemblance to the widely-renowned limestone climbing in Thailand. Before you get too excited, know that these walls are typically short and narrow, with a few exceptions. Lots of sun and rain mean that, without regular traffic, most of these walls will return to the viney tangle of obscurity from which they were uncovered. Most areas are 15-20 meters tall (AC Wall is 30+) and contain 5-10 routes each, with potential for at least that many more. New areas are popping up all the time as harder lines are sought out, leaving easier potential at nearly every wall.
One should keep in mind that a specific weather window is necessary for ideal climbing conditions. Since most of the areas are essentially collapsed cave features, the lower portions of the walls often retain moisture, making them slick to the touch in hotter weather. The winter typically brings weeks of sunshine and lower temperatures - this is the ideal time to make the journey up the mountain.
The following directions apply to areas 1a-1f...
From the trail entrance next to Long Quan temple, walk for about 10 minutes on the boardwalk to the first split at a pavilion. Stay right here and continue for another 4 minutes to another fork. Go left (uphill) and continue for another 12 minutes to another fork. There will be a sign about snakes, a sign-post, a map, and an obvious bare trail going off to the right. Follow this, staying left on the most obvious trail, until you cut left along a narrow path that quickly arrives at the entrance of Skyline. Continue past this and turn left, following a faint path through the jungle to the Abyss, Hobo Wall, and White Wall. Turn right slightly further along to reach AC Wall and eventually Dirty Wall.
Snakes! Less of a concern, but there are bamboo vipers out there.
Bugs! There are all manner of venomous creepy-crawlies waiting under every leaf, but in all my time of sleeping in the jungle I've never gotten anything worse than a mosquito bite.
Rock! The climbing in the nature park is very recently re-established. Holds are still breaking, rock is still cleaning up. In fact, you would be doing a huge favor if you brought a brush and helped scrub the ever-accumulating gunk off the holds. Most of the rock is great, the rest just requires a little tenacity.
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