Location: Lopburi, Thailand
The Climb ? Waltz of a lovely Wife (206m, 5c+)
PART 1:? All for the love of climbing…
Not long ago, I was in Thailand looking at this beautiful limestone peak that just shoots out of the ground from the middle of a sunflower field, and I thought to myself, ?That?s got to be an amazing view from the top? So I convinced my Meiqi that it is time we did a proper summit (like alpine climbing)
I was lucky enough to spend three days exploring Lopburi, Khao Jin Lae in a recent trip of my adventure travels.? I had a chance to do an excellent multi-pitch climb skills while being surrounded my beautiful sunflowers..
Most routes on Khao Jin Lae are sport (or bolted) routes.? There are a few trad routes but a few dedicated people put up some routes about 10 years ago making this a secluded climbing mecca.? Routes grades are more difficult here than routes in southern Thailand it seems, and it?s not easy to find the approach.
I discussed with Meiqi a few points of the basics of a full day multi-pitch climbing and thought it would be good to share.
?How many pitches will the climb take?
When researching the climb, try to figure out how many pitches it will be and think about your own experience of how long it takes for you to complete a pitch.? For example, if it takes :
- 20 minutes to do a 30 meter pitch,
- 10 minutes to set up the anchor and get in position to do a belay from above for the second climber
- 20 minutes for the second to come up
- 10 minutes to transition to start the next pitch
?That is one hour for one pitch.? If you have six pitches, that?s 6 hours just getting to the top. That?s not taking into consideration any breaks.? Plan the climb so that you have enough sunlight to summit and descend safely.
Breaks, what to take with you?
With six hours just for climbing to the summit. We needed to factor in breaks. (so a small backpack was needed) For our case we planned on a break on the 3rd pitch, 5th pitch, and at the summit. But also wanted to have water at every pitch.?
With 6 pitches and 2 people; if we drank 500ml of water every pitch (shared) that?s 3 liters of water or 3kg of water for just summiting.?
This doesn?t even factor having water for the descent. Plan accordingly.? Take snacks, chocolate, nuts, dried fruit.? We celebrated the summit with a coconut juice each, to revitalize…
On my next write up, Ill discuss the climb itself and all the fun things to consider for a multipitch climb!
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