Monday, July 2, 2012

KAILAS: Rock Searching 2012

So as I mentioned previously we have started on KAILAS: Rock Searching 2012 - our epic trip around China to develop new climbing areas and make a film about it. The trip will be taking us to Yangshuo, Le Ye, Hua Shan and Guangzhou to develop new routes and have a blast doing so.
The team is made up of a group of us that are all sponsored athletes on the Kailas team as well as some support crew and our photographer / videographer.
To start we opened a whole new crag in Yangshuo called 'Golden Riverside' where we put up a whole swag of new sport routes: 13 single pitch routes from 5.9 to 5.14 and 2 multipitches.
Morgan and I worked together to establish an awesome new moderate multipitch called 'Bless You In The Face' with 4 pitches going at 5.8, 5.9, 5.10 and 5.11 which tops out the huge wall of Golden Riverside with amazing views across the Yu Long River valley - superb!
After Yangshuo we headed to western Guanxi Province to a place called Le Ye where we are in the middle of developing some epic big caves that are stacked with endless options of routes through tufa and stalactite studded roofs. Such an amazing crag!
Here are some pics from the Yangshuo leg of the trip all taken at Golden Riverside, enjoy!

Some of the team. From left to right: Superman, Abond, Toni Arbones, Me!, Xiao Ting, Spiderman Paul, Simone, Zhang Yong, CJ Neff, Morgan Gerlitz

Me cleaning some holds on my route 'Fat Monkey', maybe about 5.13

Me working out the moves on my route 'White Men Can't Jump', 5.12+

Me leading pitch 2 of 'Bless You In The Face'  - Check out the amazing view down the Yu Long River valley!

Hands free on pitch 2 of 'Bless You In The Face'

Morgan and I scoping out pitch 3 of 'Bless You In The Face'

Morgan leading pitch 3 of 'Bless You In The Face'

And again

And again...

And one more  :)

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