Elevation: 6,138 ft
GPS: 26.864, 99.918 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bob Moseley on Apr 24, 2016
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Description

Shigu is a small town in the Yangtze River valley west of Lijiang. Recently it has become popular with day-tripping Chinese tourists because it lies at the apex of the famous First Bend of the country’s greatest river. If the Yangtze did not turn here it would continue to flow south through the current-day Red River valley and into the Pacific at Hanoi. Instead it abruptly turns north and east and flows for a couple of thousand more kilometers through the heart of China. Shigu’ namesake, stone drum, can be seen in the center of town as a memorial to the 16th century defeat of the Tibetan army by local Naxi warriors. Commemorating more current military events, there is a memorial down by the river memorializing the 1936 crossing the Yangtze by Chairman Mao and his Red Army on their Long March north to Yan’an.

The Shigu crags are about 6 km west of town in the village of Damaidi. The climbing base in Damaidi is the Stone Drum House and these folks have been very busy on the nearly limitless number of limestone crags in this beautiful valley. Their climbshigu.com website has all the information you need for directions, accommodations, and an up-to-date climbing guide. They began developing the place in June 2014 and by March 2016 have 130 climbs recorded on the website at 13 different crags. Nearly all are bolted sport routes.

Getting There

Shigu is about an hour from Lijiang and most tourist guidebooks have directions to Shigu and the Yangtze River First Bend. The crags are southwest of town up the tributary Chongjiang He (roughly translated as the small river that flows into the big river) for about 4-5 km, then turning northwest into a side valley for another kilometer to Damaidi village. Detailed access directions to Damaidi village from Lijiang are on climbshigu.com.

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