Friday, February 25, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Vietnam's bloody history is eerily evident as we negotiate though the field bordering the cliffs, which are riddled with bomb craters, courtesy of the American government. Cat Ba was an important strategic military location in the war as it served as the first defense against air attacks on the military outpost in Hai Phong. Even though the war is still present in the minds of the older generation, I have not received any hostility due to my nationality.
Gord and I are the only long timers on the island besides the employees of slo pony the one and only guided climbing organization, which means we usually only share the areas with a few people. As of now there are not to many routes but the potential for more is huge. Access is a sensitive issue with the communist government, but with some luck hopefully that will change and route development will become easier. Fortunately Gord and I managed to bolt and clean a new climb which hopefully I will get pictures of. Well that is all for now I will be leaving in a few days for the warm weather in southern Thailand.
-side note: Unfortunately along with censoring facebook the Vietnam government feels like me posting pictures is a threat to national security, so i will have to post them in Thailand.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Here are a few pictures from the last half of my trip. After spending 3 weeks in font. I found a ride down to Ceuse. Considering the weather was becoming a bit to hot to climb in font I decided it was time to move on. Unfortunately the climbing gods did not agree. About 2 hours from ceuse the car I was riding in, nicknamed Tulip, decided it had had enough and died. Anne, the unfortunate owner of tulip, and I took it to a garage. The mechanic, not knowing any English, give Tulip the death X with his arms conveying to us that tulip was no more. So two days and two cars, after leaving font, later we arrived in ceuse. We arrive to perfect weather which complemented the perfect rock. After one day of climbing in ceuse I can easily say that it is the best sport climbing I have every done. We were graced with 2 climbing days and than it started to rain... and snow. The forecast was not promising calling for over a week of heavy rain. Font on the other hand was cool and sunny so we drove back to font. This must have been what the climbing gods wanted because the first climbing day back I managed to climb Hale-Bopp a really cool V10 dyno I had been working on for a few days. Well this is going to be the last blog post for a while, I start up work in a few days and will be stuck climbing in Deirkes Twin falls for most of the summer. There are plans in the works for a
Sending Hale-Bopp V10 Photo-Raul
Sunday, April 18, 2010