Northeast - Around Khon Kaen Bouldering
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DescriptionKhon Kaen is a fast developing area with a lot of potential. There are 2 large bouldering area: Hin Chang Si in Nam Pong National Park and Zoolander in Khao Suan Kwang Zoo. Development of Hin Chang Si for bouldering started in 2010 by Gavriel Jecan. Zoolander is a new area that is just recently developed in 2017. Two area combined makes Khon Kaen the largest boulder field in Thailand, and probably in South East Asia. There are at least 300 boulders and more than 1000 problems ranging from V0-V12 and also a lot of harder lines for projects. The place saw the visit of 3 pro women climbers from the US (Alex Johnson, Sascha DiGulian, and Kati Hetrick) who opened a bunch of new problems.
We have established a small but strong climber community, Khon Kaen Climbing Club (KKCC), which has both American and Thai climbers who live in Khon Kaen. Recently, we have an access issue at Hin Chang Si as climbing activities are not approved by National Park authorities. We are working our best to secure recognition from the National Park Service. Climbers are welcome at Zoolander area and we do not have any access issue.
Beside bouldering, we are also developing and bolting a sport route on a great tall lime stone wall at Dong Lan Forest, Amphur Si Chompu, Khon Kaen. We started bolting in late 2016 and currently there are 6 established lines and more to come.
For more info contact facebook.com/khonkaenclimbi…
The best time to climb here is Dec-Feb. It's OK for other season if you can take the heat.
Getting ThereDepend on the area.
1. Hin Chang Si boulders
The main boulder field (lower meadow) is locates approximately at 116°38'42.0"N 102°36'09.7"E. Looking for Hin Chang Si view point on google maps. The boulder field is along the main road to the view point.
- Now we have access issue with Nam Phong National Park.
2. Dong Lan Forest sport climb
It is in Amper Si Chompu. About 2 hour drive from down town Khon Kaen. coordinate 16°49'43.3"N 102°02'25.5"E
Khao Sun Kwang Khon Kaen Zoo. 50 min drive north from Khon Kaen city.
Where to stay?
There is no public transportation to climbing area. You can stay anywhere in Khon Kaen city and drive/taxi/van to climb. We highly recommend Khon Kaen Centrum Hotel facebook.com/kkcityhotel/, where we hosted the festival in 2017. Veena, the owner, is climber friendly. She can arrange a van for big group of climbers as well.
If you don't have your own vehicle and want to carpool with us, please contact Facebook page @khonkaenclimbingclub in advance.
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