Climbing Lao Limestone | March 2019

Written on May 19, 2019 in Journal

With my 30 day visa on arrival stamped and cleared through customs, I spent the next month exploring Lao rock climbing. My travels took me through the capital Vientiane to Thakhek, then up north to Vang Vieng. Scroll on to read the story of my trip, and useful tips for anyone going to Laos for...

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A Peak of Qingdao

Written on December 22, 2018 in Journal

Weighing my options between various underreported climbing destinations in China, I decided to spend the fall rock climbing in Qingdao. I had gone bouldering there once on a short trip back in 2016 and it was enough to stoke my curiosity. The sheer amount of granite there merited a longer stay. So with those thoughts...

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Rock Climbing in Baihe, Beijing China Update

Written on November 4, 2018 in Update

A Brief History of Rock Climbing in Baihe Since the emergence of rock climbing in China, Baihe 白河, meaning “White River”, has ranked as one of the top climbing destinations in the country. Local Beijing climbers first developed single and multi pitch routes on its world class granite in the late 1990’s. Then in the...

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ClimbScout is Back!

Written on September 8, 2018 in Update

After a glorious summer in New England, I’ve recovered from my injury last Spring. I used this time off climbing to enjoy the finer things in life, teaching a course on Gongfu tea brewing, and going on a canoe trip with my family and friends in Maine. It was a bummer to be on the...

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Climbing Developers in Xi’an: The Story of Mengyan

Written on April 15, 2018 in Stories

In the ten days I spent in Xi’an, China, the person I got to know best was Huang Banglong, aka “Mengyan”. After countless conversations about the development of the Xi’an climbing community and his personal journey with rock climbing, I recorded an informal interview with him to get the full story. Mengyan began his journey...

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First Stop: Xi’an

Written on March 30, 2018 in Journal

My journey this spring begins when I step onto the train in Beijing West Station. Between podcasts and conversations with complete strangers, the 6 hour trip to Xi’an goes by pretty quick. The people I engage with are friendly, and I need to practice Chinese anyway. Soon enough, I’m off the train and on the...

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Why Rock Climbing?

Written on March 20, 2018 in Intro

I’ll address this first post to my friends and family who, seeing this for the first time, ask themselves “Why rock climbing? Can’t he do something safer?” I know, I know, it’s not the safest activity. But climbing is safer than you think. Furthermore, I’m committed to staying safe because that’s the only way I can...

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