Swallow cave high line is open for business!

Kunming has gotten its second highline! This line is much improved from the first one set up at the TNT wall. The line at the TNT wall drew some criticism as it had a cave roof above with tufas hanging down, which were a bit disorienting and some people believed it to be a bit dangerous….Anyway….

The new line at Swallow cave is great, you step off a platform into open space, with trees swaying in the breeze below you, the valley soon opens up and you get the full exposure of the line. The line is about 25m long, has bolted anchors and nice platform on one side to chill out and prepare for your walk. The opposite set of anchors requires a person to rap in, but we have bolted rap anchors above, so this is quite easy to do.

Pete on the swallow cave high line

Highlining at Swallow cave.


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A cautionary note

A note from the developers: For many of the crags that are being newly developed around Kunming, by us and by other climbers in the area, the bolts used are sourced locally. They have no official rating, though they have been independently tested and held a minimum strain of 1.5 kN. We are confident they are good enough quality, but make no guarantees towards anybody’s safety and offer no responsibility for anything that may go wrong, due to poor bolt placement or bolt failure. We have however equipped routes in such a way that we feel are safe enough for ourselves. And of course, personal safety is something we value quite highly. For information please feel free to contact us through this website.

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Swallow cave topos

Swallow cave is fast proving to be the home of hard climbing in Kunming. Routes are still being bolted and plenty of projects are scattered about. These routes will surely all prove to be classics, they are long, steep and unforgiving, the perfect combination for a hard climb! That said, there are also a number of climbs in the lower grades, so there is fun to be had by all. The lower red wall is also being developed, this provides some amazing face climbing. Below the red face, the boulders are waiting to be climbed….

This crag is very difficult to photograph properly, so the tops might not do justice to the length or steepness of the climbs.

Swallow cave – The Pit

Swallow cave The Pit topo

Swallow cave – Batty area

Swallow cave - Batty area topo

Swallow cave – Hot spot area

Swallow cave - hot spot topo


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The Wind tunnel topo

The Wind tunnel, found near the village of Damoyu, is a great area, combining crimpy sport climbing with a couple of bouldering sectors below the crag. Easy access, year round climbing and the prospect of bouldering make this a good way to spend your day.

Topo for the Wind tunnel and the related bouldering areas (Storm surge and XXX walls)

Topo for the Wind tunnel and the related bouldering areas (Storm surge and XXX walls)

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The Gash topos

The Gash is a new crag with loads of potential. The Scorched earth wall is the best developed area, with some really cool face climbing and a few open projects for those with strong crimping fingers. Recently Fool’s errand was opened at the Library wall, going at about 6c/+, I reckon this to be one of the finest routes of that grade in Kunming. Then there are a couple of 40m climbs out right,at the Infinity wall, going at about 7a and 7a.? These are well worth climbing, they just get more and more fun the higher you go.

This crag has morning shade, great camping and usually catches a cool breeze, allowing you to climb into the afternoon sun without too many problems. A mix of technical, crimpy climbing with some pumpy sections in between. No fires in the dry season, no matter how tempting! There are very strict laws prohibiting this, including some jail time…. As always, please be aware of loose rock when climbing.

The Gash - All sectors

Topo showing all sectors of The Gash

The Gash - Scorched earth wall second edition

The Gash – Scorched earth wall


Library Wall topi for the Gash

Library Wall topo for the Gash

The Gash - Infinity wall topo

The Gash – Infinity wall topo

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Calling high lining enthusiasts

We love high lining and have put a lot of effort into developing a line at the TNT wall, we are keen to find people who have high lined before and who want to contribute their experience to the founding of high lining in Kunming.

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Falling fridges at TNT wall is closed

Falling fridges at the TNT wall is closed because it is unsafe to climb. There is a gigantic flake on the route (marked with a white skull and crossbones) that is loose. The flake needs to be removed and the route rebolted before it is climbable again. We have tried removing this flake using two people with crowbars to pull it off but so far it has not budged. Rather play it safe and stay off this route!

If this flake comes off it will kill both you and your belayer should you not heed this warning!!

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TNT Wall topo

This is the topo for the TNT wall in Xiao Mo Yu area.  Please Note that Flying Fridges is currently closed due to a large flake needing removal, if this flake should come off it would be disastrous for both belayer and climber.

TNT Wall Topo

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KunmingRock photo gallery

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Slacklining in and around Kunming

For all the slackers out there, the local scene is growing fast, mostly amongst the expats of Kunming, but it is catching on with the local Chinese as well. There are many lines and locations around the city, the most popular is the campus of the Science and Technology University, on Xuefu Lu, the guys using a range of lengths and styles (1” and 2” lines). Another popular area is out at the Kunming Botanical Gardens, in the north of the city, but far away from the hustle and bustle.

Pete Slacklining KIB

For the more serious guys out there, we have a highline set up out at the TNT Wall, near Xiaomoyu Village (click here for directions). A fun line bridging a gap between two walls, with a shelf to start off of, a roof with tufas hangs above, while the world opens below. See the gallery section for more great photos from this line.We have scouted 2 new spots for highlining and will be bolting the anchors in the weeks to come, watch this space!




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