So I am settled in here in Taiwan now and will be for another 5 weeks or so. My good friend Adrien and I are looking after our buddy Matt's apartment and his dog Skippy. We live in a place called Hsinchu which is a few hours drive from the amazing climbing out at Long Dong but we have a nice training facility here at the IClimb climbing gym so we are psyched. We headed out to Long Dong on the weekend for my first taste of the amazing sandstone sea cliffs they have on offer and I was super impressed. Beautiful golden sandstone walls rising up out of the waves, quarts crystals coating sections of the walls and shimmering in the sunlight, blue and white waves crashing against the rock shore, friendly people everywhere and amazing food galore. I could get used to this place :) Here are a few pics...
The view from our camping spot on the cliff tops
Sunrise over the ocean, this is what we wake up to from our camping spot
Luxury camping - roll mats and a pink mosquito net under a picnic shelt
Just in case we weren't aware...
That is our picnic / camping shelter up there on the cliff
Adrien taking skippy across the rope traverse to some of the sectors at Long Dong
So, news of the day is that I am sitting in Guanzhuo Airport waiting for my conne cting flight to Taipei, Taiwan! Super excited to be heading to a new place, seeing old friends (and making new ones no doubt), eating awesome seafood and climbing the heck out of some wicked coastal sandstone!
The last few weeks in Yangshuo have been good too. I had a slight incident with a hammer being introduced to my thumb so I didn't climb much but I have been bolting like crazy and have opened up a stack of new lines at the crag 'Riverside'. Super excited to get back there after Taiwan and finish that crag up, should be 40+ routes by the time I'm done :)
Watch this space for pics and stories of my adventures in Taiwan soon!