Basically, over in China, they have what we would call a situation. A massive amount of rock with few to climb on it. Wangzehn (also known as Rocker) the father of bouldering in China invited me over this spring to have a look, and that is exactly where I am going tomorrow! Five weeks to barely scratch the surface of what is looking like a sea of stone. Qingdao, China is my final destination. I have an apartment lined up five minutes from the boulders and lot of time to enjoy it. Maybe not enough time based on the amount of rock.
Wangzehn has sent me many, many pictures over the winter to temp me over and a few are shown here.
All Above photos by Wangzehn, Qingdao, China. You can find more of Rocker's photos by going to his blog (http://qdrocker.blog.sohu.com/) or by going to 8a.nu to track him down through the gallery section. He also posted a portfolio at climbing magazine where you can find his work online.
Yeah, those are huge granite boulders sitting on the Yellow Sea, and the the others are at various locations on the mountains above the sea. The mountains of granite rise several thousand feet out of the ocean and go for miles upon miles of broken granite. My wife did an in depth search this weekend of pictures of the area and found some encouraging images. She will meet me over there in a few weeks to enjoy the sea side stone.
My apartment is in the closer buildings somewhere. Near the sea but close to the climbing. The city of 2.5 million, Qingdao is seen down the coast.
The Switzerland of China as they call Qingdao and the surrounding area.
Fine Grain Granite Forever!
Yep, a situation!
Some very lucky little village sitting under a massive amount of good bouldering!
So, I'm off to the east. It is unclear if I can access this web site in China. It sounds like Blogger may be blocked. If I can update I will. Otherwise I will post here in five weeks or so. Enjoy spring.