LD New Routes series – Jasmine Beauty 茉莉美女

There are some good new routes in Long Dong that is not in the guidebook!

Jasmine Beauty (茉莉美女), Grand Auditorium, trad 5.8

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It is the corner right next to Via Del Drago.  Traverse 5 meters leftward from the starting ledge of Via Del Drago, and you will reach another big ledge.  Build a trad belay station there, and climb the corner up.  (There is another good route in the face right above the ledge, “White Handsome Devil,” also not in the guidebook.)

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↑Jasmine Beauty is route No. 4 in the photo above

While stemming all the way up steadily, watch the loose rock in the cracks and thin flakes that can break.  The overall rock quality is good, though.  There is a small overhang near the end. After the overhang, start looking for a place to build a trad anchor.  An easy but wickedly exposed route.

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↑the last overhang

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