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Monk's Life Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Andrew Riley on Apr 3, 2015

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This is the massive wall to the right of Fire Wall. Currently all three of the routes on this wall are 2-pitch climbs put up by Tyler Hoffart. One of these routes is still a project. Tyler also placed the Buddha statue that you can see high up on the wall. If you would like to read the harrowing account of how he got it up there, check out the blog he kept to record his bolting venture in Myanmar:

NOTE: Almost all of the routes at Waterfall Hill are missing the hangers off of the first couple of bolts. Make sure to bring a couple of hangers if you are planning to climb here.

UPDATE: (01/16) I have now replaced most of the missing hangers with plated steel hangers. These will not last as long as the other stainless steel hangers, and should be replaced when they start to wear. There are still some routes without the first couple of hangers.

Getting There 

Walk up the road from the main Waterfall Hill monastery, pass the tea house (on your left) and you will see the massive, red Fire Wall on the right side of the road. Cross a bridge on the right side of the road walk up the path until you get to a fork near the top. Turn left at the fork and follow the path up some more stairs until you reach the base of the wall. Follow the wall to the left for about 50 yards and you will reach the Monk's Life climbs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Follow the road up as if you were going to Fire Wa...
Follow the road up as if you were going to Fire Wall.

Rock Climbing Photo: Turn right on the bridge and follow the path until...
Turn right on the bridge and follow the path until it forks, after about a hundred yards, at the top of the hill.

Rock Climbing Photo: Turn left when the path forks.
Turn left when the path forks.

Rock Climbing Photo: Take this final set of stairs and follow the wall ...
Take this final set of stairs and follow the wall left until you see bolts.

Climbing Season

For the Myanmar area.

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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This is the extension to Slingshot Monkey. Tyler Hoffart bolted the line and first hypothesized that it was in the 5.13- range in terms of difficulty. The breakdown of the route is like this, 70 feet of consistent 5.12-, fighting through an overhang and technical terrain to a good rest (top of Slingshot Monkey), a 10 foot slopey v5 right into a 15 foot crimpy, reachy v5/6 with a not-great rest between. then you have 3 bolts of about 11+ reachy climbing on jugs and little knobs, then three bolts ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Steve Davis
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 24, 2015
If you climb to the base of these routes by the stairs, be sure to remove your shoes as you pass through the pagodas along the base of the crag.

Wear a helmet at the base of these routes. Loose rock comes down on every other climb, and there's no place to run to. It's not just about your head--it's about ongoing access to the site.

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