This week’s episode of Talk Travel Asia podcast is about Rock Climbing in Asia. Sometimes when we go on holiday we like to participate in an activity we enjoy doing at home. Sometimes that’s even the entire point of traveling to a certain place such as a liveaboard scuba trip in the Philippines or a skiing trip to Japan. We’ve done a few episodes on sports-travel in Asia over the years: kayaking along the west coast of Thailand, hiking and mountain biking in Hong Kong, trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas, and even skiing in Iran. Today we’re going to talk about rock climbing: an activity that’s quite popular here in Asia, both as something to try out when you’re on holiday as well as an activity that can be a destination in itself.
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Trevor and Scott’s rock climbing experiences:
Scott: Scott says he has never climbed: “I’ve only tried an indoor wall once and while I believed in the equipment, I didn’t feel very comfortable. My body type isn’t entirely suited either. That said during my many trips to Railay Bay in southern Thailand I always meant to learn and never did.”
Trevor: “I used to do a bit of free climbing in Joshua Tree back in college. We had no skills or gear but we climbed some pretty dangerous stuff. I suppose that’s called bouldering, because J.Tree is mostly giant boulders. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that my tennis club in Bangkok, the Soi Klang Racquet Club, built a big climbing gym and my friends Ed, Lee, and I decided to learn properly and add it to our workout regimen. I’ve always been a bit wary of heights so there were some issues there, but it was a lot of fun, challenging, and a great workout. Soon we were making regular trips to Railay Beach in Krabi, just to climb.” He then talks about a fun thing to do climbing in Krabi: Deep water soloing, when you climb up a rock face over the water and then jump into the sea.
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Guest Intro: Our Guest today is Joan Yee, aka, Jojo. Trevor first met Jojo on a climbing trip to Railay Beach over the Thai New Year about, maybe 8 or 9 years ago. That was a lot of fun, and not just climbing, as it was Songkran holiday. Then about 3 years ago he did a story for a magazine about different activities you can do on Koh Yao in southern Thailand and he featured a rock climbing photo that Jojo shot while climbing there.
Listen to Episode 91: Rock Climbing in Asia to hear Jojo answer the following questions:
- Tell us about yourself and what brought you to Asia…
- What’s your day job?
- How did you first get into rock climbing?
- Where was the first place you climbed in Asia?
- How many different countries do you think you’ve climbed in Asia?
- What are some of your favorite places to climb in Asia?
- What makes Asia such a special place to climb?
- Where are the best places for beginners to climb in Asia?
- What’s the best approach for people new to the sport if they want to learn while in Asia?
- How about some of the most challenging?
- What’s been the general condition of equipment you’ve found here and there? I assume you bring your own gear, but what about for beginners?
- Any rivalry between local and foreign climbers when out climbing?
- How’s the local climbing community?
- Anything that might not be like it is at home when climbing over here to keep in mind?
- Any equipment that is easy to get here and things you absolutely must bring with you?
- Tell us about one of your most memorable climbs in Asia that really stands-out?
The following are some of the places Jojo talked about Rock Climbing in Asia
- Laos: Green Climbers’ Home, Thakkek, Vang Vieng
- China: Yangshuo, Shigu, Liming, Getu
- Vietnam: Cat Ba, Huu Long
- Thailand: Nam Pha Pa Yai Camp, Muak Lek, Lopburi, Khao Yoi, Khao Iko
- Jojo also wanted to let people know about the Khon Kaen Bouldering Festival January 18-20
Since the recording of this episode, Trevor discovered an organization called Climbodia, which offers rock climbing experiences in Kampot, Cambodia. He will join them for a climbing excursion at the end of December. Visit their website to learn more and check out our Facebook page at the end of the month for photos from Trevor’s climbing trip with Climbodia.
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