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New Climbing Gym – DAPRO – Opening in Taichung City

A new climbing gym, DAPRO, with workout facilities and a cafe-restaurant is opening up in early October.  The wall is 15-m high.  The location  is easily accessible.  Looking forward!

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Long Dong New Routes series – the Second Pitch of Freedom Crack

Freedom Crack, the second (and third) pitch

Great Auditorium, trad 5.9

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Sport Climbing in Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games

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Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games has started.  This is the first time that sport climbing is included in Asian games. Taiwan’s own Hung Ying Lee is going to participate in lead, speed, and bouldering competitions on August 26 and 27.

TV Timetable (pic source)

Most of Shoushan Climbing Crags may be shut down soon (summer 2018)

There are two major natural cragging areas in Kaohsiung : “QianGuang Temple” and “Shoushan,” the latter being several crags inside of Shoushan National Nature Park. This year, both areas are faced with serious problems from the government and the public.  This article focuses on the current situation of Shoushan. (For info on QianGuang Temple, please check another article here.)

26236075_1495357463867481_1478728787_o↑AC Wall, one of the climbing areas of Shoushan that are going to be closed after the amendment passes. Read the rest of this entry »

Part of the Climbing Walls in QianGuang Temple Crag Collapsed (summer 2018)

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There are two major natural cragging areas in Kaohsiung : “QianGuang Temple” and “Shoushan,” the latter being several crags inside of Shoushan National Nature Park. This year, both areas are faced with serious problems from the government and the public.  This article focuses on the current situation of QianGuang Temple. (It is also called “Shoushan crag” sometimes. Do not mix them up! For info on Shoushan crags in the Nature Park, please check another article.)

QianGuang Temple crag is one of the oldest climbing areas in southern Taiwan.  Bolting started in the 1980s, and top rope climbing can be traced to even earlier.  Sadly, this historic crag is now greatly damaged: part of the walls collapsed in early July and about half of the routes there disappeared forever.  The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but it is probably associated with the “mining for lost treasure project” which started in February this year.  It is already not the first mining project near the crag.  According to unverified rumors, Japanese army buried a lot of treasure across Taiwan during their colonization period.  Shoushan is believed to be one of the hot spots and has attracted many treasure hunters. The excavation project was suspended after the walls collapsed.  For the incidence at a glance, please check this page (in Chinese). Read the rest of this entry »