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Waterfall Hill (Yaedagon Taung)  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 400'
Location: 22.00067, 96.24954 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Andrew Riley on Apr 2, 2015
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Waterfall Hill is currently the only established climbing area in Myanmar. The climbing walls are set into the hills east of Mandalay and are beautifully intertwined with pagodas and monasteries. Monkeys roam and jump from tree to tree, while buddhist monks chant through the loud speakers; limestone cliffs all around. There are 4 climbing walls. Training wall is what it sounds like, and you should probably only go there if you are learning to climb. Monk's life wall has a few 2-pitch climbs. Fire Wall has the highest volume of climbing, varying in style and pitch length. Steve Wall has good quality tall routes. All routes are good for climbing until late afternoon, when the sun comes to the climbing side of the hill. If you would like to check out Tyler Hoffart's excellent blog, which documents his bolting efforts on Waterfall Hill, you can find it here: Enjoy.

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: I've replaced most of these, but there are still a couple of routes without hangers on the first couple of bolts. 2/23/16

Getting There 

The directions to the monastery are not difficult to execute but difficult to describe. Head out of town East on 35th street. You will pass through some villages and will eventually take a right turn at a Y. You will eventually come to a sign for a golf course stay straight here driving towards the hill. The road will dead end here, and you will turn right and end up at a series of switchbacks that take you up the mountain to the monastery. Here are the GPS coordinates for the monastery: If you get lost, ask locals for the Yaedagon Taung Monastery.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Waterfall Hill (Yaedagon Taung)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Waterfall Hill (Yaedagon Taung) :
Saya Steve   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Saya Steve Wall
Devil's Right Leg   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Fire Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Katie sending Win for the Win

Win For The Win 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Asia : Southeast Asia : ... : Fire Wall
Winko's first foray into bolting. In my opinion, one of the best lines on the wall. Solid stone, fun moves, and well-bolted. Win for the Win....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Waterfall Hill (Yaedagon Taung) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Lunch at the lower teashop.
Lunch at the lower teashop.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler GSD on Saya Steve Wall.
Tyler GSD on Saya Steve Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall Hill Monastery
Waterfall Hill Monastery

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By Tyler
Mar 26, 2016
Wow just saw all of this beautiful MP work by Andrew for the first time. EXCELLENT JOB! Quick note: if you want to check out that blog that he mentions, try this updated link:
Because of how silly blogs are, you need to scroll all the way back to the beginning of the story, but it's worth it, I promise. Unfortunately, I believe they make you sign up for a Tumblr account in order to view the full blog. Those jerk faces. Anyway, I recommend taking the time to check it out. I filled that blog with photos and writings of the experience, which absolutely changed my life, especially my inner life.
I will always remember Waterfall Hill with huge love in my heart and a type of reverence that I have never experienced before, nor since. I sure hope to get back one day.
Once again, thank you to Andrew for getting all of this information organized and online, no small feat.

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