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Lisu Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,637'
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The Lisu Area is, by far, most concentrated and popular crag in Li Ming, including the comfortable Pillars area, multipitch crag Primitive Buttress and the smaller but stacked Pinecrest Buttress. The Painted Wall is also grouped in the Lisu Area, but is accessed by going right from the stairs.

The Lisu Area is a great first-day climbing in Li Ming, with high quality routes from 5.8 to 5.13 of all crack sizes imaginable from the thin and technical to the wide and burly. The Lisu Area offers good options for chasing sun or shade depending on weather, making conditions comfortable throughout the whole Li Ming climbing season. There is enough here to keep most climbers busy for a month, without ever visiting the other crags.

Getting There  

Casual 30 minute walk from Liming village. Head southwest, away from park entrance, for a little over a kilometer. Turn east, at the "Anqini Scenic Lookout 安七尼" sign, down towards the river, across a stone bridge and up the giant fake-wood staircase that leads to a cave and via-ferrata. At the obvious split boulder, there is a new sign pointing left towards Pillars, Primitive and Pinecrest areas. For the shadier Painted Wall, turn right at split boulder and take the faint trail up a large, obvious switchback over the conglomerate layer.

Climbing Season

For the Lijiang Area area.

Weather station 55.5 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lisu Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lisu Area:
Through the Looking Glass   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 45'   Primitive Buttress
Screaming at the Moon (half)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 60'   Pillars area
Truffula Tree   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Primitive Buttress
Clam Digger   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 90'   Pillars area
Screaming at the Faraway Corner   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Pillars area
The Raven   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Primitive Buttress
Clam Digger "Direct"   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Pillars area
The Lost World   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Primitive Buttress
Back to the Primitive   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A0     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 600'   Primitive Buttress
The Funky Dan   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Pillars area
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Featured Route For Lisu Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on P5.

Back to the Primitive 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A0  Asia : China : ... : Primitive Buttress
Mega classic. This one alone is worth the trip to Li Ming.Eight highly varied, quality and challenging pitches get you to the top of primitive area buttress. Rock is of phenomenal quality; the lichen, soil and vegetation give the climb an adventurous character. All belays, besides the first and the last (which are trees) are equipped with bolts and the descent is a beautiful walk-off.P1: 15 m. Access pitch. Three options: an easy 5th class romp up P1 of Trainwreck, Lollipop - a fun 5.8...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: From the Dinner wall
From the Dinner wall
Rock Climbing Photo: The largest feature in the foreground is the Lisu ...
The largest feature in the foreground is the Lisu ...

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