Climbing or what to do in the city of Vang Vieng

Long dreamed of trying to rock climbingnatural relief. Before that, it was possible to climb only indoors and outdoors using a pipe specially equipped with hooks, but this is all completely wrong. It was interesting to climb it on the rocks. And in the glorious city Vang Vieng in Laos I finally had this opportunity. It cost 130.000 kip pleasure (500 rubles) per person for the so-called half-day sports pleasure. In fact, we climbed, of course, less.

There was an opportunity to go to this entertainment in the morning, but we slept lazily and ordered a “lesson” for the afternoon.

Slowly came to the hour at the appointed place,faded out climbing shoes (good, I knew the principle of how they should sit, according to the explanations of the girls working there, we would not understand), we collected the rest of the equipment and we set off on a tuk-tuk.
A few cheerful minutes of the road on the rattling local transport, an ambulance walking tour through a small original village - and we are there.

Instructor we got a laconic and slightlyindifferent. In two semi-English words, he explained how to insure a man, attached a safety device to me, handed me a rope - and it was useful to fasten carbines on a rock. And with horror I stood below, trying to intuitively understand when to release the rope, when to stretch. But she coped with the task and even received praise as a good insurer! The most terrible thing, it turns out, is not to insure while the person is climbing, but to lower it down! Especially if this descent is almost twice as heavy as you. I already flew up sometimes, when I released the rope too sharply.

Rock Climbing in Laos

Rock Climbing in Laos

Part of the necessary climber

Part of the necessary climber

We were given all the necessary gear, even climbing shoes.

We were given all the necessary gear, even climbing shoes.

The instructor shows how to attach the rifle to the harness

The instructor shows how to attach the rifle to the harness

The learning process is well underway

The learning process is well underway

My first partner insurance experience

My first partner insurance experience

To insure a person is worse than crawling

To insure a person is worse than crawling

To insure a person is worse than crawling

To insure a person is worse than crawling

The tracks we climbed were kind ofnot the easiest, as the instructor told us, that's why I am even more filled with pride for myself. Natural relief is very different from the standard walls with hooks in the hall. First, in contrast to the artificial, the natural surface is all the same color, and it is not always clear what to grab here. And as long as you don’t feel it with your hand, you won’t understand if you can hold onto it. Secondly, you can slightly cheat, grasping the randomly growing vine on the route. And although our instructor was laughing and telling us that it was rock climbing and not climbing trees, but I could not resist this temptation.

Sometimes on the route there are auxiliary elements in the form of a first

Sometimes on the route there are auxiliary elements in the form of a first

For the first time on a living relief!

For the first time on a living relief!

For the first time on a living relief!

For the first time on a living relief!

The top point is reached!

The top point is reached!

It is very important that an experienced person insure. More than once, it seemed to me personally that I resisted and did not fall just because, by pulling up the rope, the instructor helped me a lot. And the most fun in climbing is the descent (again, with an experienced insurer), when, having reached the desired height, you rightly fly with a breeze rapidly down the rope, periodically pushing your feet off the rocks.

First climbing steps

First climbing steps

Higher and higher

Higher and higher

Higher and higher

Higher and higher

And the most interesting thing is to get down!

And the most interesting thing is to get down!

We were glad that for the beginning we took only half a day of classes because Climbing implies a pretty strong load on all muscles, and personally I got used out of habit quite quickly, my hands shook.

Rock climbing perfectly develops almost all the muscles!

Rock climbing perfectly develops almost all the muscles!

Rock Climbing in Laos

Rock Climbing in Laos

Instructor from below gives tips in Lao English

Instructor from below gives tips in Lao English

Tired but pleased with their new venture

Tired but pleased with their new venture

Fortified free banana and the same free water,we went to the nearby river in order to swim and jump from the five-meter tower on the bungee. For the first time, she flew so long above the water on a cable and this is truly a strong impression! The main thing, when jumping, is to watch where you are flying, so as not to accidentally cater to the boat sailing below. Because of this, Oleg had to swing a little on the bungee back and forth, before jumping into the water. Good fun, fun! If the water were still clean, it would be fine in general, otherwise jumping into the floating garbage is somehow not quite healthy. Having a dip and a little jumping, we had a little rest and were again ready to go to the rocks, but our time came to an end and just went back to the city.

So we flew a bungee over the river

So we flew a bungee over the river

Landing almost in the boat is not quite fun.

Landing almost in the boat is not quite fun.

That tower, where we jumped

That tower, where we jumped

Another landing almost in the boat

Another landing almost in the boat

After bathing, wet and contented

After bathing, wet and contented

In general, climbing is a wonderful and very useful entertainment, which is much more interesting to do on the natural terrain. Eh, still the equipment would not weigh so much, it would be absolutely good!

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