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I'm heading there end of March for a few days. No time in my schedule really to climb but I did a little research to see what I was missing out on. Info here http://www.rockclimbingincambodia.com/
- although there do seem to be quite a few areas that are not recommended due to mines in the area
there is some climbing in cambodia. its mainly trad, but some sport north of phnom penh. the best website to goto is www.rockclimbingincambodia.com. You can get a book from them which i suggest if you are planning on going. The best areas are probably kampot down south. The problem with cambodia is that not all areas have been cleared of mines (especially up north), and so you shouldn't try to access any areas that have not been confirmed as climbing sites by the book I mentioned above. A lot of Cambodians are still stepping on mines left from the Khmer Rouge days and Vietnam War days with tragic consequences. But, otherwise, its okay climbing. Bouldering is pretty limited, but there are some small and easy boulders in sihanoukville (south of cambo) and there is another location I think just north of PP. There is also a bouldering wall at the olympic stadium in PP. It isn't all that good, but the kids over there love to watch you. Hope this helps, if you need any more info, let me know.
The Slo Pony guys in Vietnam tell a great story about hunting for new bouldering areas on the Vietnamese mainland somewhere and ending up in a minefield with a screaming local yelling at them to get out! They didn't know what she was saying at the time but the urgency i her voice made them leave - it was only afterwards that someone explained it to them!
On 14/01/2011 NZclimber wrote:
>I'm off to Nam and Cambo next week and wondering if it's worth taking
>a pair of climbing shoes.
>I have had some time in the past climbing around Ha Long etc, but have
>never heard of anything down South or in Cambodia.
>Also, has anyone brought any cheap Nth Face gear from Nam? I hear mixed
>reports of it being either imitation or factory seconds.
I have fake Nth Face ski pants which cost me $20, and they are the bomb... doesn't mean everything is. Make sure you check the stitching quality, fabric quality etc. and you can ask them to pour water over it to prove it's waterproof. Don't buy anything unless you're prepared to throw it out after a few uses, that way you can't get ripped off too badly.