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Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 1, 2013 - 09:53am PT
Keketuohai: China’s Little Yosemite Park

http://www.haohaoreport.com/l/40121

I wish this was a trip report from me.

Has anybody been there? Wish I could afford it. Maybe someday but I am not holding my breath.

Looks coolaboola.

Map
Map
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Bixiang Peak
Bixiang Peak
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Canyon
Canyon
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Dome
Dome
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Walls/Domes
Walls/Domes
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Mountain of God
Mountain of God
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


River and Rock
River and Rock
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


Wall and river
Wall and river
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


From those photos it doesn't look like there are a lot of cracks, probably a lot of slab and face climbing. Still looks like a beautiful place.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 1, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Unless things have changed don't go to a remote part of China- your every move will be regulated.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 1, 2013 - 10:46am PT
I believe you Jim.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 1, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Haven't been to remote China yet, but I suspect things have changed since Jim's been here.

China is changing at a fantastically rapid pace.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Feb 1, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Wow that place looks rad. A far Eastern Yosemite indeed.

I'm reading Robbins Fail Falling right now and there's a picture of Tahquitz in there that Frost took. Kinda resembles China's "Bixiang Peak"

And Mountain of God looks like something out of King's Canyon.

Wonder if this is where Camalots are tested?



damienn

Trad climber
brattleboro
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:05am PT
I don't know how much it's really changing over there....

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/technology/chinese-hackers-infiltrate-new-york-times-computers.html?pagewanted=all
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:09am PT
That's gonna take a LOT of bolts!
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:20am PT
Ok Jim:


So we're biking through a remote part of China, rumored to be the home of the nuke program. Huge desert. We're in the middle of a 12-day sprint through this thing, and there's a town on the map- sweet! Showers, restaurant, we're psyched. Homie pulls up next to a guy on a motorcycle at a red light and asks him directions to the market so we can chow down. Sure thing, he says, follow me! We pull a U-turn and he leads us...straight to the cop shop. Oh, the uniform. Right.

So a big conference ensues among the various PSB, local cops, etc. the upshot of which is 'you can't be here, you can't go where you want to go, and you need to take this 1000k detour. Immediately.' Protests ensue, centering on the fact that we cannot undertake this 1000k detour without first stocking up on food. The convenience store across the street is pointed out. Sweet- we'll head out into the desert with cigarettes, chips and People's Redbull. Not happening.

After more conferring a handler is assigned us for the market run, after which we promise to begin this epic waterless detour. KK and Homie hop in the police van with the handler and are driven to the market, disobeying orders to scoop up some much-needed beers at an unauthorized shop. We are reunited. It's late afternoon, time to go. We solemnly promise to begin the reverse-course detour and cycle off the way we came.

No one follows. We are leaving their jurisdiction. At the edge of town, we sneak a peek back: no one. Instead of a meek and dutiful left we pull a right and continue on our path. There is no believing our good fortune but apparently it is no one's particular duty to ensure that we actually carry out the terms of our agreement.

After camping in a ditch far off the road we continue, still a bit unsure of whether we can actually pull this off. Far out in the desert an olive-drab jeep pulls up behind us, passes, and parks some ways ahead. Two guys in uniforms disembark, one carrying a black briefcase. Ignoring us, they tromp across the sand to a manhole cover some ways off the road and clamber down out of sight. We do not photograph this.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:34am PT
How long ago was this, Rhodo?
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:35am PT
Summer 2011.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 3, 2013 - 09:23am PT
10 posts.

This is not a bump. Well, I suppose it is in a way, but more a comment on my threads never having legs. I must be boring (not easy for an actor and writer to say). But I thought this one would be of interest.

Now Pat the Pouter will go cry. ;-)


EDIT

Reilly, yeah, a lot of bolts. I wonder how trustworthy Chinese-made bolts are? And I'd imagine that if they allowing climbing and bolting that it would be by hand drill and not a power drill.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 3, 2013 - 10:29am PT
And I'd imagine that if they allowing climbing and bolting that it would be by hand drill and not a power drill.

Haha. Patrick, in China there are no absolute rules. If there is even any such law, if you want to power drill, there is a way to do so.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
sure does look pretty beautiful there
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
If anyone is going to be in Reno on Feb 6, a friend of mine will be doing a slideshow on his climbing there and some backcountry skiing in the mountains that are also around Xinjiang...I have seen a few of his photos on FB and they look remarkable.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 3, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Interesting story RR. I believe Randisi when he says things are changing. In remote areas you probably run into the right hand doesn't know what the left one is doing.

Looks like Yosemite granite but the Meadows (not my fav place) rather than the Valley. Quality stone like that needs to be steeper with the odd crack or two.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2013 - 09:50am PT
WML, what's FB? I'd like to see his photos, however as far as Reno goes, I don't even know where this month's rent is going to come from more less a trip to the States and Reno.

But that could all change if I win the EuroMillions tomorrow evening (don't I always write that). Dream on Patrick.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:06am PT
FB = Facebook.


Most of his shots he put up so far are from the snowboarding aspect, but had seen a few of climbing in the area previously posted by him. If I go tomorrow night I will ask him if he can put the slideshow up on the internet so others can enjoy as well.
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