A Few Climbs in Cambodia

Posted by: GunksWest

A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/05/09 04:22 AM

Just returned from three weeks in Cambodia. Armed with a copy of Rock Climbing in Cambodia (yes, there is a climbing guide to Cambodia), we braved the heat and humidity to go cragging at a place about an hour from Phnom Penh. It was sunny, at least 95F and as close to 100% humidity as you can get with the sun out. It made a summer day in the Gunks seem downright dry.



Above: the crag as seen from Highway 6.




Above: A bit closer to the rock.

We ran into a bunch of the local kids, who hung at the base with us, cleared brush and got to do a couple climbs:



Above: One of the local kids TRing a 5.7 route.




Above: The local kids clearing away brush from the base of the route (watch the rope!).



One of the locals showing his picture in the guidebook!

The cliff comes into the sun about 1030am at this time of year, so if you go, go early to beat the heat.

There are glue in bolts on top of the routes and some lines have bolts for leading. We thought the handful of routes we did were a little soft on the ratings, but it was very fun nonetheless and now we can say we've climbed in Cambodia!

Oh, and yes, we went to a bunch of cool temples and saw lots of incredible stuff besides the climbing!
Posted by: tokyo bill

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/05/09 07:15 AM

Extremely cool! Thanks for posting that. (I'd actually love to see some more Cambodia pics, even if non-climbing.)
Posted by: chip

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/05/09 02:34 PM

Thanks for posting.
Posted by: GunksWest

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/06/09 08:24 PM

Here are some additional photos of Cambodia from our trip:



Above: A fruit vendor in Siem Reap's Old Market.



Above: Detail of the intricate stone carving found on the temple at Banteay Srei, about an hour north of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.




Above: The underwater stone carvings at Kbal Spean, about 10km north of Banteay Srei. It is accessed by a mile hike thru the jungle.



Above: The highest of the four temples at Preah Vihear, on the Thai border about four hours north of Siem Reap. This became a UNESCO World Heritage Site about a year ago.



Above: Fruit being delivered to market by boat in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/06/09 08:28 PM

This seems to be a nation whose past is far more glorious than its present.
Posted by: jstan

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/15/09 06:38 PM

Before retiring I worked with a fellow from the Hmong tribe. Very diligent, intelligent and helpful. I had him take over our most dangerous task which I had been doing. They are very tough cookies! He never had a problem with it.

My compliments for getting the youngsters on a rope. Very good things will flow from your generousity for the next seventy years, and more.
Posted by: tokyo bill

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/17/09 03:02 AM

Nice!
Posted by: cfrac

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 08/22/09 01:28 AM

Great trip report! Thanks! Contemplating weather warmer than here right now hasn't inspired me to buy plane tickets though!
Posted by: GunksWest

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/13/09 12:38 PM

A couple more pictures from Phnom Penh.

Posted by: chip

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/13/09 02:13 PM

'Scuse me, 'scuse me. Elephant comin' through.
How would you like to take your elephant for a walk before work? Imagine the poop bag you would have to carry!
Posted by: tokyo bill

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/15/09 03:44 AM

All those pics are so cool! I especially like the market stall and the fruit boat in the earlier set. Hmmmm...which of the three different kinds of bananas and the four or five kinds of other unfamiliar fruit should I try today...?
Posted by: Jim Lawyer

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/16/09 09:14 PM

That fruit boat looks filled with rambutan...or is it something else?
Posted by: oenophore

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/16/09 09:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim Lawyer
That fruit boat looks filled with rambutan...or is it something else?
Yes and it looks like ripe rambutan -- something you seldom see on this side even in New York's Chinatown.
Posted by: tokyo bill

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/19/09 04:09 AM

My ignorance is showing. I'd never previously eaten, seen or even heard of rambutan, and just had to wiki it for information. Doesn't seem to show up in the markets here in Tokyo, which mostly have pretty familiar offerings.

Guess I'll have to travel to try it.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: A Few Climbs in Cambodia - 10/19/09 09:49 AM

I first saw and ate ripe rambutan in Malaysia. The stuff selling in New York's Chinatown doesn't seem as appetizing. Bill, you aren't missing much anyway.