Taiwan Outdoor Bouldering Guidebooks

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With many years’ efforts, a few great natural bouldering areas are cleaned and well documented mostly by Roger Wu along with other fellow boulderers.  Detailed guidebooks are accessible here, including:

- Da Bao 大豹溪(New Taipei City)

- Ping Lai 坪瀨溪(Nantou County)

- Xiao Wu Lai 小烏來 (Taoyuan County), also in Climbio

For supplement, there are two other locations published years earlier:

Shui Chang Liu 水長流(Nantou County), also in Climbio. Credit / iClimb

Feng shan 豐山(Chiayi County). Credit / Roger Wu

You can also ask for or share information in the Facebook Page of Taiwan Outdoor Bouldering.

Pick up your shoes, crash pads, brushes, and go discover the charms of natural bouldering of Taiwan!

 

Photo from Taiwan Outdoor Bouldering FB

龍洞攀岩場

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地點:東北角

攀登形態:運攀,傳攀,少許抱石與deep water soloing

如何去:

開車 — 入口有兩個:龍洞校門口停車場(和美國小)後門/黃金谷停車場(西靈巖寺)。開啟上述兩個位置的地圖連結,以規畫行車路線。另外在「大禮堂頂」也有一個停車場,可接龍洞灣岬步道,通往校門口或後門。從大禮堂頂另有一條小徑直接通往大禮堂底,但較陡峭危險,建議由熟悉路況的人帶路

從台北搭公車國光號1811或1812班次(台北火車站~南方澳/羅東)。有多處站牌可以上車。欲到校門口,請搭到「龍洞港」站,下車後過馬路,即見一個樓梯往下通至校門口停車場。欲到後門/黃金谷,請搭到「龍洞南口」站,然後往回走一小段,取馬路對面往西靈巖寺的柏油路進去,也可以禮貌地問司機能否讓你在過龍洞隧道後就下車,往西靈巖寺的路就在隧道口旁。

回程公車大約會在12點、下午3點及6點前後經過,視塞車狀況而異。攔便車到台北或瑞芳火車站也是可行的選項

簡介:龍洞是全台灣最棒的天然岩場,由堅硬的四稜砂岩構成,摩擦力絕佳,攀登型態多樣,運攀、傳攀都很適合,還有碧海藍天為背景,風景之美令人屏息。

到龍洞的交通很方便,離台北僅一小時車程。從停車場走到攀岩區的距離,從10~30分鐘不等,需走過大片海濱亂石,也有些區域需攀過小段較有暴露感的橫渡。

攀登季節:春、秋最佳。冬天為雨季,但仍有乾燥的好天氣,最好先查天氣預報。夏天大多乾燥,但要小心中暑,可考慮帶泳裝,並找陰影處攀爬

Guidebook:推薦2012年出版的「台灣龍洞攀岩」一書,內容豐富詳細,在台北的登山友、新竹風城、以及網路都可買到。較舊的版本,則有「龍洞傳統攀登」(2006),路線較少,但路線描述與故事較多。

然而,由於資訊持續有所變更,只看紙本guidebook有所不構。新路線與bolt安全資訊,可查詢專屬網路文件Guidebook+。另一個網站Climbio也有最新bolt與路線安全資訊。

Bolt狀況:濱海環境對金屬的腐蝕較嚴重,部分路線的bolt不安全。2012年出版的guidebook中對此有詳細說明,不過,在2012之後bolt狀況有很多改變,大量路線已rebolt。因此,建議除了guidebook以外,也查詢線上即時bolt資訊更新 – guidebook+climbio,以策安全

住宿:理論上不能露營,可考慮民宿,例如龍洞街3號「阿嬤的家」就在校門口停車場旁,或是位於鼻頭、由一對攀岩嚮導夫妻「QX adventures」經營的「小屋岩」也是不錯的選擇

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Big Cannon Cliff Now Very Illegal to Climb at

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photo – Two Teeth

Always a bit legally sketchy, Taiwanese climber “Two Teeth” reports that climbing at Big Cannon Cliff(Da Pau Yen) has now become very very illegal, based on the number of new signs and warning tape that has been erected at the entrance to the trail. The new signs promise a hefty fine of $15,000TWD if caught in the area.

Rather than a specific warning towards climbers, the current signs restrict access in general to the path.  While we are not sure if enforcement will be increased compared to the past, it does seem like park officials are taking this more seriously than before. We advise climbers looking for climbing in the Beitou area to consider Rehai instead, which remains unrestricted as it doesn’t fall under Yangmingshan park jursidiction.

Long Dong(Dragon’s Cave) 龍洞

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Region: NorthEast

Type of Climbing: Sport, Trad,  possible Bouldering,  a little bit of DWS

Season:  Spring and Fall are consistently good, but Winter can be great, just check the forecast before heading out. Summer is hot but mostly dry– bring a swimsuit and seek the shade.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Description: Long Dong(Dragon’s Lair or Dragon’s Cave)  is  Taiwan’s premier outdoor climbing area - superb sandstone sport and trad climbing on the NorthEast coast of Taiwan.

Accessible easily from Taipei, Hsinchu and northern parts of Taiwan, approaches range from quick and easy to 30 minute hikes over rough terrain and sketchy traverses, but you’re rewarded for your hard work with varied climbing on firm sandstone that provides great friction and gear placements.

The sapphire blue waters, the sea breeze and beautiful rock formations make for a breathtaking backdrop that complements the excellent climbing.

Guidebook 

We highly recommend the Rock Climbing Taiwan 台灣龍洞攀岩  guidebook, extensively covering both Sport and Trad climbing at Long Dong, available at Tingsaniou in Taipei, iClimb in Hsinchu, or online worldwide.

However because the guidebook was printed in 2012, we recommend supplementing the guidebook with Guidebook+, our online route status tracker.

Directions

By Car: LongDong Schoolgate EntranceLongDong Backdoor Entrance

Click on the Entrance you want to approach above and use Google Maps for directions

By Bus from Taipei: Right outside of Main Station Exit M1, buy a ticket from to Long Dong Harbour(龍洞港)The  Bus # will be 1811 . Buses leave daily at 8:20, 9:20 and 10:20 in the morning. Don’t be late. The bus ride takes about 1:10-1:30.

For School Gate entrance, get off at “龍洞港“(Long Dong Harbour) bus stop, walk down the bamboo stairs into the village main road, and walk right into the crag.

For Backdoor entrance, get off at the next stop(Officially “龍洞南口”, but if you ask politely, the bus driver may drop you off right after the tunnel.) and walk back towards the temple. Follow the small temple road through to the parking lot, and then descend the stone steps on your right leading down to the gazebo to go to Backdoor .

Buses run back to Taipei at very roughly 12pm, 3pm and 6pm depending on traffic. To catch the Taipei bus from Backdoor wait at the Long Dong Ocean Park stop.

If you miss the Taipei bus, the 791 bus comes every hour and goes to Keelung Train station where it’s a quick 30 minute bus ride to Taipei.

Weather:

  • Taiwan Central Weather Bureau (Scroll down for LongDong) – This is specific to Long Dong, but it has only one forecast for the whole day.
  • Township weather report- This is for the district that Long Dong is in, but is more detailed and shows weather forecasts throughout the day.

Rebolt status: Because of seaside corrosion, some routes are not safe to climb. The Guidebook does a decent job of explaining which routes are safe or not but since there has been significant rebolting since its publication in 2012, we also recommend supplementing it with Guidebook+, our local route tracker.

Accomodations: As camping is technically not allowed, the most convenient options are staying at the guesthouse in the village(#3 Long Dong street) or at The Bivy Climber’s Hostel.

Guide Service:  QxAdventures and Detour Formosa provides guide service for this area.

More Info 

MountainProject.com - Pretty good resource about Long Dong, with transportation, info about what gear to bring, and basic info about crags.  Lacks depth and coverage of the guidebook but enough for a day trip.

Climbstone.com - Well organized, basic  info on Long Dong, including how to get there, what to bring. The site is run by Matt Robertson,  author of the Rock Climbing Taiwan guidebook.