You have read my first post about climbing in Thailand. Here is our most recent story Laos style! We have been in Laos for a week, and what a beautifully undeveloped country! We spent 3 days in Vang Vieng Laos. It is a small town surrounded by huge limestone karsts (mountains) with a refreshing river running through it. Up until this past September, this town was famous for tubing. Backpackers could come and spend the day drinking along the river at all the famous riverside bars, and then test their luck at zip lining and rope swinging into the river. However, as we all know boozing and water don’t make a great match. I guess there were so many deaths on the river the Lao government was forced to close all the bars down, and make drinking on the river illegal. Therefore this town is now becoming a sleepy ghost town as opposed to a once thriving party town. In my opinion I much prefer the Vang Vieng that i witnessed as opposed to the later.
Our first day we signed up for an all day climbing tour again! This time it was only $50 for the 2 of us, but we were with 12 other people, all who were beginners. It was a little frustrating at first, because all we wanted to do was climb, and we spent a good portion of the morning learning how to put our harness on. However, after a little bit of “bitching” on my end, Mike was able to do his first Lead climb! Lead Climbing is when you climb the route first, and set in the quick draws (caribeaners) to the bolted rocks. Its the next step in becoming a solid cliber. Meaning no guides! He climbed a 5.8 like a PRO! It was quite exciting to see. I was definitely the PROUD girlfriend! Now that we have finally learned the basics, we can start climbing in Boulder together, which is a climbing Mecca.
Our 2nd day, we decided to spend the hot afternoon lazily tubing down the quite river in town. Even though there was no wild parties going on, it was very tranquil and fun! It is a scary thought of once having rope swings and zip lines into this river, because the deepest it got was 3ft!
Next stop Vientiane, the capitol of Laos.