Climbing In Yangshou and Getu China
Norma and I have just returned from a climbing trip in Asia. We traveled to China in search of cooler temperatures after a sweaty two weeks on the beaches of Thailand. We did in fact find cooler temperatures, and basically ideal climbing conditions. We were nervous to commit to China as many travelers told us we were making a mistake going to China. Fighting other people's advice seemed to be a theme on our trip as we got deeper into the heart of China, better climbing conditions, and little to no other climbers around. That was climbing Getu He in mid March.
Getu was my original motivation for climbing in China. The place looked inspiring in the pictures I had seen. Also it is in a very poor rurarl area without much tourism. This means the people are incredibly warm and welcoming which can be nice after being in Thailand where thousands of climbers migrate through and there is a general sense of tourist burnout among the Thai people working in the tourist industry. It is for this reason I hope future climbers act responsibly and treat the local people in Getu with respect. Getu being the second rural climbing area I have visited post Petzl Roctrip, I have noticed the locals are stoked about climbers! I thank Petzl for creating these relationships.
After our 24 hour journey to Getu we arrived at our hotel with free wifi, and ventured out to do some climbing near the river about 10 minutes from our hotel. The climbing was great as we climbed right next to the river which disappears into the depths of the cave we are climbing in. Much of the climbing in the Great Arch was a little moist with water seeping through that time of year. The climbing in all the other areas was dry and amazing. We tried to tour around Getu in our few days we had there to sample most of the crags. As we had been warned so much about the bad conditions of Getu in early March we had low expectations and not much time left. Our expectations were surrpassed as we arrived and met to German climbers who said they also came from Yangshou and found the weather a little warmer and had been climbing all week.
During our last Getu crag sampler day we ventured up to the CMDI wall to do some multi-pitch and climbed the really fun 5.10 Blue Spirit route. The views of the flowering fields below, and the winding canyons was amazing from the route. From here we continued down the climb some great steep single pitch routes. We ended up visiting five crags that day just to get a feel of the area and stoke the fire to come back.