It’s 8:15 AM here in Yangshuo, but I’ve been up for hours. I woke at around 3, tossed and turned for an hour or two, then resigned to the jetlag. Today will be my first climbing day of the trip and I’m anxious to get out on the rock, after about a week off climbing and traveling for more or less the past 4 days straight.
On my way here from the airport in Guilin, I tried to soak in as much of my surroundings as possible. My face was glued to the window of the taxi, even though I was dog-tired. There were limestone towers and rock mountains sticking straight up out of the ground everywhere! It’s pretty surreal looking. It takes a minute to get used to the lack of enforced traffic laws, but after the driver passed the tenth or twentieth car without looking for oncoming traffic I realized there was a certain flow to the chaos in the street, and even though doom seemed ever present, there weren’t too many close calls. I eventually relaxed.
I think our plan today is to go to the cliff Lei Pi Shan. It looks awesome! We may take bicycles… I need some fitness days to feel like I’m really back in shape after a week or so of inactivity. I have just under a month here with friends Keller and Josh, and everyone is super psyched to be here, enjoy the local culture and climb until our fingers bleed. We’re staying at Abond’s Rock Inn, which is pretty close to the heart of Yangshuo. Luckily the street is quiet at night, but there are crowds and a party environment down on West Street where the bars are. At night until 11pm, there are huge spotlights that light up the cliff faces that tower above the town. It’s so cool! I’ll try to get some pics of that as well as the cliffs we’re climbing on in the next few days.
Stay tuned for more updates!