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)

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