Watch Out for Loose Rocks in Long Dong!

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Rocks in some areas of LD are more unstable. Be careful when you climb in these areas, such as the Grand Auditorium (as shown in this photo).

In May 2019, two rock climbing accidents occurred in LD, leading to one death and two seriously injured.  The causes are still under investigation.  For now, only one thing is clear: these accidents are highly likely related to loose rocks.  The big earthquake in April had shaken down some huge blocks of rock in various areas of LD. What’s more, heavy, concentrated rainfall in late May might also have made rocks everywhere more unstable.

Please consider the following as you go climbing in LD:

1.Avoid climbing in loose-rock areas.

2.Wear a helmet.

3.Use auto-braking or auto-locking belay devices.

4.The belayer and all who are at the base of rock walls should identify the spots that can shelter them from potential rockfall, such as small overhangs nearby.

For the more info, please follow the FB page “LD Rescue Project” (mostly in Chinese)

Here is the preliminary report for the accident on May 5, 2019. (in Chinese)

Accident report: confusion of the belayed end and the loose end at top anchor

An accident occurred in Long Dong last week.  A beginner was seconding a 5.7 trad route.  She tied into the middle of the rope, unclipping draws above her and reclipping the dangling tail back into them below as she passed.  At the top anchor, she also unclipped and reclipped the loose end that nobody secured into the top.  No one noticed the mistake.  Afterwards, she asked to be lowered.  Then she fell directly to the ground and had her arm fractured.

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2019 Long Dong Spring Cleanup on Apr. 13

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Long Dong Spring Cleanup will be held on Apr. 13, 2019 (Sat.). Let’s do something for our beautiful Long Dong!

For details please check the FB event page.

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New bus stop at Schoolgate of Long Dong

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Photo from The Bivy FB post

There is a new local bus stop at Hemei Elementary School near Schoolgate of Long Dong! It is mini bus No. 886.  Check the timetable and route map for details.

Schedule for buses from Ruifang train station:
Weekdays: 5:40, 6:25, 7:30, 9:20, 10:40, 11:40, 15:05, 16:00
Weekends & Holidays: 6:25, 7:30, 9:20, 10:40, 11:40

Schedule for buses from Hemei Elementary School:
Weekdays: 6:00, 6:50, 7:55, 9:45, 11:10, 12:10, 15:30, 16:25
Weekends & Holidays: 6:50, 7:55, 9:45, 11:10, 12:10

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Long Dong New Routes series – White Handsome Devil

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Grand Auditorium, trad, 5.10b/c

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