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murphy89


Sep 5, 2011, 3:35 AM
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Hey,

I am planning on traveling around South East Asia and Australia from next September (as long as the saving goes to plan) and have been told that rock climbing is a really good way of experiencing this part of the world. I have always been interested in rock climbing, but never really got around to taking it up and seeing if the interest grows into a passion. However, following the advice of my friend I'm looking at finally getting into it.

I have found a place in my native home of Liverpool which offers a number of courses and will also act as a place to hone my skills before leaving on my travels.

However, do you guys think a year is long enough to gain the knowledge and skills for the routes in South East Asia and is there any particular areas I should concentrate on for climbing in these areas?

Cheers


sungam


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As far as I know a lot of the great climbing in SE Asia is sport climbing. A year is plenty of time to become a competent sport climber.


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Thank you for the reply.

The climbing centre offer a 4 week training course for 90, which consists of 4 1 and half hour lessons and cover the basics. Does this seem like a good price?

Here is a link to the course http://www.awesomewalls.co.uk/4Week.html


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If it's 90 quid for 6 hours then it is a good price.


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Yup. A year is definitely enough to become a competent sport climber, Actually learning how to lead safely wont take the longest, What will take longer is developing your skills and getting used to being on lead.


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murphy89 wrote:
Hey,

I am planning on traveling around South East Asia and Australia from next September (as long as the saving goes to plan) and have been told that rock climbing is a really good way of experiencing this part of the world. I have always been interested in rock climbing, but never really got around to taking it up and seeing if the interest grows into a passion. However, following the advice of my friend I'm looking at finally getting into it.

I have found a place in my native home of Liverpool which offers a number of courses and will also act as a place to hone my skills before leaving on my travels.

However, do you guys think a year is long enough to gain the knowledge and skills for the routes in South East Asia and is there any particular areas I should concentrate on for climbing in these areas?

Cheers

Like others already said, one year is enough to learn the basics. Be aware that especially in South-east Asia (Thailand etc) that most climbing is on high limestone formations, where the only way to reach the anchors is by leading. So make sure you have experience lead climbing, and know what to do at the anchors.

I would only do sport climbing, as there is little trad climbing in Asia, and you probably wouldn't want to carry all trad gear with you anyway.


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Cheers for all your advice. One more question though, sorry, since doing more research into climbing in Thailand I have came across a number of deep water soloing videos. Is that for more experienced climbers and something I should maybe avoid after only one years experience?


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Low DWS is fine as long as you are with people who know the landings and as long as you are a good swimmer. Getting into the higher stuff requires a little bit of skill at landing correctly.


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sungam wrote:
As far as I know a lot of the great climbing in SE Asia is sport climbing. A year is plenty of time to become a competent sport climber.

Fixed. Cool

Josh


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