Tianmen Mountain (Chinese: 天门山; pinyin: Tiānmén Shān) is a mountain located within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China.
A cablecar was constructed by the French company Poma from nearby Zhangjiajie railway station to the top of the mountain. Tianmen Mountain Cableway is claimed in tourist publications as the “longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world”, with 98 cars and a total length of 7,455 metres and ascent of 1,279 metres. The highest gradient is an unusual 37 degrees. Tourists can walk on kilometres of paths built onto the cliff face at the top of the mountain, including sections with glass floors. An 11km road with 99 bends also reaches the top of the mountain and takes visitors to Tianmen cave, a natural hole in the mountain of a height of 131.5 metres.
A large temple is also located on the summit with chairlift or footpath access. The original temple here was built in the Tang Dynasty. Today a more recent construction with Tang dynasty architecture occupies the site and includes a vegetarian restaurant in the 10000 square metre setting.
On September 25, 2011 Jeb Corliss glided through the 100 feet (30 m) wide archway in the mountain using a wing suit. The flight began from a helicopter at 6,000 feet (1,800 m), and ended with a safe landing on a nearby bridge.
Rock climbing involves strength, control and finesse. Using the muscles in your arms and legs to pull yourself up a sheer rock face takes strength and control. Using your brain to place your hands and feet so that your muscles can do their job — that’s finesse.
Rock climbing is a little like skydiving. Both rock climbing and skydiving have an element of danger. Both are sports where people participate mostly for their own personal satisfaction — these sports do not offer much for spectators. And both are sports where potential participants either “get it” or they don’t. In skydiving, either you are excited about leaping out of a plane into the abyss, or you aren’t. In rock climbing, either you are excited about scaling a vertical piece of stone, or you aren’t.
Beginining of Climbing Your Local Climbing Gym
If you’ve never climbed before, a trip to the local gym with a friend is your best introduction to basic climbing movements, gear, and skills. Most gyms can outfit you with rental climbing shoes, aharness, and a belay device and then give you lessons in how to safely belay and climb. Just remember that the indoor climbing experience is very different from outdoor climbing, which requires an entirely different competency and skills for a safe experience.
Climbing indoors mirrors climbing outdoors—without the risks and objective dangers found outside. Indoor climbing is all about minimizing danger and having a safe and fun experience in a controlled setting.
Indoor gym climbing is usually done in pairs, although you can boulder, which is climbing the walls up to ten or so feet off the ground, by yourself. But it’s usually more fun to climb with a friend. As climbing partners you check each other’s knots; you belay each other; you give each other technical tips; and you have fun together. As a climbing team, one of you is the climber and the other is the belayer.
ROCK CLIMBING GEAR YOU NEED BEFROE STARTING
Unless you rent gear at a rock climbing gym, you’ll need to pick up a few things before you go climbing. How much gear you need depends mainly on where you are (indoors or outdoors) and what kind of climbing you are doing (bouldering or sport/traditional climbing). (A quick definition: bouldering is climbing with no rope and traditional/sport climbing is with a rope.)
INDOOR BOULDERING GEAR
Climbing Shoes ($60 – $120) - Don’t try to climb in a rock climbing gym wearing just your tennis shoes because you’ll get funny looks, be asked to rent climbing shoes, and most importantly, won’t be able climb much of anything past V0 or V1 (the rating scale is explained later). Finding the perfect rock climbing shoe for your specific foot type and size is extremely important.
When you go shopping for them be aware of the fact that they are supposed to be a snug fit. They should fit well enough that you don’t have much space between your toes and the tip of the shoe, but enough room to move your foot in all possible directions. This is because sometimes you will literally be balancing your entire bodyweight on a single toe as you reach for the next hold.
The sizing is often in European sizes too, so be sure to order the right size. Some great shoes for beginners include the La Sportiva Nago (my first shoes) and the Evolv Defy (my wife’s first shoes).
Chalk in a Chalk Bag ($25) - The only other piece of gear you need to get started as a rock climber is some chalk for your hands. As you climb, your hands will start to perspire and you’ll easily lose your grip. To combat this, rock climbers carry chalk around their waist. This chalk is similar to the chalk used by gymnasts and it is stored in a chalk bag. This is the chalk bag and chalk that I use.
You have two options for what kind of chalk to put in the bag. You can either use loose chalk or a ball of chalk. I prefer to use a ball of chalk in a second little baggy so that it doesn’t fall out of my chalk bag and spill all over. Some gyms actually don’t allow the use of loose chalk for this very reason. As you climb, this will become a personal preference.
OUTDOOR BOULDERING GEAR
Crash Pad (~$150) - This is basically just a big piece of thick foam that you lay down on the ground under where you are climbing. You may come down on it when you fall climbing and land on your back, feet, or however. It keeps you from getting seriously injured. When you are walking to where you are climbing you wear it on your back. Here is a crash pad that I have used in the past.
A Friend (Free) - When you boulder outside it is best to go with a friend for a few reasons. They can spot you, teach you, and take care of you if you end up injuring yourself. Climbing alone is not a very smart thing to do (unless you enjoy being stuck under a rock for 127 hours and cutting off your own arm).
TRADITIONAL OR SPORT CLIMBING GEAR
Harness ($50) - It is what you clip all of your gear to and run the rope through. You wear this over the outside of your pants/shorts and make sure it is a comfortable, but snug fit like your shoes. I use the Black Diamond Momentum.
Climbing Rope (~$150) - The rope is one of the most expensive pieces of gear, but is also extremely important. Climbing ropes are long, are made to stretch, and should always be kept in a bag when not in use. They are the main thing keeping you from falling and breaking your back, head, leg, arm, face, etc.
Belay Device ($20) - You hook this to the front of your harness and run the rope though it to belay for someone else actually climbing. It takes two to tango and two to trad climb.
Quick Draws ($15 each, $70 for a set) - These look like two carabiners with a small attachment in between them. When the first person lead climbs to set up the rope on the route, they will clip these along the route. The rope is then run through these to until the top rope is set.
Top Rope Set-up (uses 2 Quick Draws) - You place this at the top of the route by either having someone climb up the route directly or hiking up and around an easier route by foot. The rope is run through this and is your main support.
Cams ($250 for a set of 5) - Advanced climbers use these to climb on routes that don’t have pegs drilled into the walls to run the rope through. They carry various sizes of these and stick cams into small cracks or crevices along the route.
A Friend (Free) - Never climb alone. You’ll need someone to belay for you anyway.
ROCK CLIMBING RATING SYSTEMS
Whether you are in a rock climbing gym or climbing outdoors on actual rock formations you’ll want to know how hard the climb your attempting to do is going to be. Lucky for you there are rating systems used by rock climbers around the world for this. For this article I am going to talk about the two systems used most in the United States: the V scale & the “5 point” scale, but here is a list of all of the ones worldwide.
V SCALE FOR BOULDERING
Bouldering (which uses no rope or other gear) has a scale starting at V0 (zero being the easiest) and going up to V16 and beyond for routes that only the top professionals can complete.
The easier the route, the lower the number it is categorized with. Easier routes will be filled with easier holds for your hands, flat platforms for your feet, and shorter distances between holds. The harder routes will have holds that look like no human being could ever hang off of.
5 POINT SCALE FOR TRADITIONAL/SPORT CLIMBING
Starting around 5.5, rock climbing also uses a scale that goes up to 5.15 and beyond for pro climbers. The easiest being 5.5 and the hardest being 5.15 and up. Letters are also use in this rating system. For example, a 5.8a is easier than a 5.8b. For a full table of the scales,check out this table.
NEED TO KNOW LINGO
Hold - a place to grab with your hand to pull yourself up higher.
Free - you are wearing no gear (other than shoes) to climb up something. In a sentence, “Did you just see that guy free climb that route?” This is extremely dangerous, but also pretty bad ass.
Belay - shown above in the gear section, it is a kind of carabiner that you run the climbing rope through on your harness. “To belay” also means to be on the ground running the climbing rope for someone on the wall.
Mantling - this is when you use your knee or shin to push yourself up to the next hold. Just like a child climbing onto a couch, knee first.
Bouldering - climbing at lower heights, using no rope, and usually with a crash pad underneath.
Lead Climb - to climb up a route first and set all of the guides of the climbing rope and then set the top rope at the end of the route.
First Ascent - being the first one EVER to make it up a specific route.
Venga! - the equivalent of “come on!” in Spanish, picked up from Chris Sharma’s time climbing in Spain.
Paul Dovydaitis, Dave Aubrey. June 2009.
Type of Climb:
Adequate protection (cams, nuts) throughout. Save two small-mid size cams for the first belay. The topout is onto grass, so the last 3-4 meters are runout as the grass/soil begin.
Located in a small canyon on the peak that’s on the same side of the river as the dhabas. From the dhabas it’s pretty much straight on (the same canyon contains several other great routes as well). The locals will get unhappy if you walk through their fields, so walk around them to the left and proceed up the grassy slope to the right of the stream coming from the canyon. Once you get up past the steep bit, there is an obvious flat area of black rock with good places to set packs next to the river. The climb is the obvious corner crack just to the right. The route itself is two short pitches of strenuous climbing on good holds. We made the first belay about half way up the route, just below the white/black patch (crux). The right wall has a horizontal crack at roughly head height that can accommodate two med/small cams. Second pitch follows the route the rest of the way up – beware the last 5 meters are a little chaucy as the grass starts, there is a good belay at the top. Also note – rockfall is a serious risk all over this area. This route itself was relatively clean at the time we climbed it, but the walk-in is steep and its wise to spread out and be vigilant to avoid knocking anything down on your partners.
You can walk around to the back of the canyon and down, although this is not quick and requires some sure-footedness. Abseil descent also possible though you may have to leave a nut.
|The Peak South of Chattru itself. The peak is made obvious by the huge diamond shaped slb leading to mid-height.|
The Persuasion of the Fairer Sex – 5.10a V3
Geoff Evatt and Brian Rossa
Type of Climb:
Rock (Trad) Bouldering
Usually very good. Excellent belay stances.
A fun, safe and worthwhile climb giving an excellent introduction to Chattru and the surrounding peaks. The protection is usually very good and the belays are always excellent. The climb takes in a mixture of climbing styles, adding to a distinct feel of adventure. The climb described here is to the first of the three pyramid structures (around 4100m), on the right hand ridge of the main peak (third pyramid), 4600m. From the valley floor, the entire day should take around 10h, including a 1.5 hour walk in. From the top of this pyramid, a route to the summit of the main peak is revealed… The peak lies on the southern side of the river to the Chattru settlement, and is obvious from its huge diamond shaped slab leading up to half-way. The walk in follows the grassy bank directly to the right of the peak, and takes you straight up to the slabby looking third pyramid on the far right of the peak, at mid-height. As one gets nearer the slab, one is forced to look for a more plausible route the other side of the pyramid. Around the back some grassy ramps lead upwards. The main ramp is reasonably clear, rising behind a peculiar ladder-esque rock formation of metre-wide cracks in a lower slab. The climb begins just behind this ladder on the grassy ramp, where one has a good view of the zigzagging nature of the climb till the start of P6. P1: 25m. Climb the broken vertical rocks from the grassy ramp, which begins directly behind the obvious ‘ladder’, VI-. Climb up to a visible wide gassy ledge. The pitch is reasonably strenuous with good protection the whole way. P2: 50m. Scramble diagonally rightwards along a grassy slope to a hanging belay. P3: 30m. Traverse left and slightly upwards along thin ledges to a very solid belay in a small cave. This cave lies about 25m directly above the end of the first pitch. Protection is poor and the climbing is exposed although not too difficult, VI-. P4: 15m. Exit the cave up the obvious diagonal right-leading ramp, IV-, in which your whole body fits! If you get to the end of the crack then you have gone about 5m too far. Belay from a good narrow crack where one has a view of the beginning of the next ‘boulder’ pitch. P5: 20m. The boulder pitch. From the belay swing out left in a technical and pumpy fashion over the overhanging lip of the ramp, VI+, and onto an exposed slab, V+. As soon as you have moved onto the slab the top of the pitch should be clear as it is a couple of meters below the top of the skyline. P6: 50m. Move together upwards over easy terrain to the beginning of the large obvious slab. Enjoy the view of the valley! P7: 60m. A large, moderately angled slab leading to an obvious overhang, IV-. Only a couple of pieces of protection low down, but the climbing is relatively straight forward. P8: 30m Move left out of the overhang and climb up the obvious chimney, 8m VI. The chimney is strenuous and overhanging at the top, yet it is excellent fun with good protection the whole way up. Once at the top move for a few metres over the grass until an obvious crack leading vertically upwards to the summit is revealed. Climb this for 10m, IV+, to the grassy summit area. P9: 40m. Move together over grass and broken rock to the peak which has plenty of room for a magnificent and well-earned picnic
Descent: Rappel back down the way you came, bring plenty of tat. If you only have a 60m rope, then at the top of the main 60m slab one has to rappel straight down the face via narrow gullies, certainly possible. It may also be possible to descend via a st
About Parvatti Valley:
|From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. The often-precipitous valley road climbs past a side valley leading to the village of Malana and through the backpackers’ haven of Kasol where Western travellers congregate to sample the local “charas” or hashish which is ubiquitous throughout the valley. From here, the road passes through the Sikh and Hindu pilgrimage town of Manikaran and terminates at Pulga, where the construction of the Parvati Hydel Project, a hydroelectric dam, dominates the landscape. From Pulga, the footpath climbs to a temple and small dhaba at a waterfall called Rudra-Nag, apparently after its resemblance of a water snake. Beyond Rudra-Nag, the trail ascends further through thick pine forests to the spiritual site of Khirganga (Kheerganga), a meadow at 2960m where Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. The hot springs at Khirganga are extremely important for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as many others who believe the waters have sacred healing properties. From Khirganga to the beautiful site of Tunda Bhuj (3285m) the Parvati Valley cuts a steep-sided gorge through the mountains and as the altitude increases, the thick, coniferous forest gradually makes way for patches of meadowland scattered with boulders. Several tributaries join the main Parvati River and numerous waterfalls cascade down the steep valley sides. Beyond Tunda Bhuj, the conifers continue only as far as the Basuki Nal tributary but groves of silver birch continue to line the valley, quickly becoming sparse as the altitude increases. At Thakur Kuan (3560m), the Parvati Valley meets the valley of Dibibokri Nal, which climbs towards the Northeast to the Dibibokri Glacier and Dibibokri Pyramid (6400m). The area is characterised by abundant alpine flowers and rocky outcrops glittering with mica. Beyond Thakur Kuan, the Parvati Valley ascends gradually to Pandupul (Pandu Pul) where two natural, rock bridges cross the Parvati River and a southern tributary. According to legend, these bridges were created by the massive strength of the mythological Pandava brothers. From Pandupul, the wide valley of the upper Parvati climbs gradually through the wide, high-altitude meadowland of Odi Thatch to the sacred site of Mantalai Lake (4100m), the source of the Parvati River. Continuing east from Mantalai lake, it is possible to cross the Pin-Parvati Pass (5319m) into the Pin Valley National Park and on to the village of Mudh in the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.|
|Nearest town or city:||Kullu|
|Directions:||Fly to New Delhi. Bus up to the Kullu valley, Manali is probly the best spot to get supplies, guides, etc….|
|Access Issues:||Get a local guide!!! Lots of farmers in ther area are harvesting Hashhish, be careful and respectful!|
|When to Climb:||Autumn Summer|
|Quantity of Climbs:||Lifetime|
Manikaran Spires Group
About Manikaran Spires Group:
|Large cluster of big rocky peaks (5400m) right above the town of Manikaran.|
|Approach:||Tough, follow a series of small trails east of the Brhamganga drainage – get a local guide, find a man named Roshan in Manikaran.|
|Approach Time:||2-4 days|
|Access Issues:||Local guide!|
|Type of Climbing:||Alpine|
9 días 8 noches de hotel
Punjab: Chandigarh 2N, Punjab Himachal Pradesh: Shimla 2N, Naldehra, Kufri, Kullu, Manali 4N, Punto Rohtang Snow.
‘Itinerario es válida del 01/04/2012 al 31/03/2013.
Día 01: Delhi – Chandigarh
Llegada al H. Nizamuddian Station, Nueva Delhi. Informe a entrenar y proceder a Chandigarh.
Día 02: Chandigarh – Shimla
Proceda a Shimla. En ruta visita Pinjore Garden. A su llegada a Shimla, visite el famoso centro comercial carretera, Scandal Point y Church Shimla.
Día 03: Shimla – Naldehra – Kufri – Shimla
Visita Naldehra. Pase por supuesto Naldehra Golf, Kufri – Winter Sports Capital, Bungalow Indira y Zoo Himalaya.
Día 04: Shimla – Manali
Proceda a Manali. En ruta paso por la presa de Pandoh, Beas río, Sutlaj río Beas Proyecto Link Sutlaj, Kullu Valley. Visita de fábrica mantón en Kullu. Llegada a Manali por la noche.
Día 05: Manali
Por la mañana explorar los antiguos templos como Jagatsukh Gayatri Mandir, Kund Vashista y Hidimba Mandir.
Día 06: Manali – Rohtang Snow Point – Manali
Disfrute de recorrido espectacular a punto de nieve Rohtang. Tiempo libre para jugar y divertirse en la nieve. Tarde disfrutar de la danza Himachali Folk.
Nota: Pase Rohtang es de 51 kms. lejos de Manali. Este pase no es accesible por casi 8 meses en un año, ya que está cubierta por la nieve. Por lo general, visite el punto de nieve en la carretera de Rohtang, que ha sido autorizada por la Fuerza de Seguridad Fronteriza.
Día 07: Manali
Disfrute de aguas bravas en el río Beas (sujeto a operación). Día libre para actividades comerciales o de ocio. Disfrute de reunirse con sus compañeros de viaje en la noche.
Día 08: Manali – Chandigarh
Proceda a Chandigarh. En ruta visita Vaishnomata Mandir en Kullu. Llegada a Chandigarh en la noche.
Día 09: Chandigarh – Salida desde Delhi
Proceda a Delhi. Bordo del tren para su ciudad natal. Concluye Gira.
En personas de movilidad turísticos deberán llevar 2 fotocopia (Xerox) de cualquier prueba de ID (excepto tarjeta Pan) Pasaporte ie / Permiso de Conducir / Identificación del Votante junto con ellos. También, envíe una copia de la misma en el momento de la reserva.
Meals on Tour:
Día 1: Almuerzo y Cena
Día 2 – 8: Desayuno, Almuerzo y Cena
Día 9: Desayuno y Almuerzo
Para preparar té / café en Karnal
Frooti en Pinjore Garden
Softy en Mall Road
Fruit Chat, té / café / refresco en Naldehra
Lays, té / café / refresco en ruta de Shimla a Manali
Café en el punto de nieve, Rohtang
Para preparar té / café después de canotaje
1 LITRO DE AGUA POTABLE POR PERSONA Y DÍA.
Cuidar Tour Manager en todo el recorrido
Informes y soltar:
Día 1: H. Nizamuddin estación a las 11:00 am.
Día 9: H. Nizamuddin estación a las 03:00 pm.
Viajes por carretera:
Todos los traslados y visitas turísticas por un entrenador / c.
Manali turismo local, incluyendo Rohtang por no A / C Qualis / Sumo. (7 pax en cada vehículo
Una visita al desierto del Thar es definitivamente una experiencia que todos deben tener por lo menos una vez en su vida. Rajasthan es la manera perfecta para explorar el verdadero encanto de los pueblos de dormir y el sendero rústico árido del desierto de Thar. El viaje le lleva a través de los secretos bien guardados del desierto – de sombras nocturnas del sol con los colores siempre cambiantes del inmenso mar de arena brillante. Dándole un vistazo al área rural de Rajasthan, la caminata desierto te lleva de vuelta a la época pasada y las insignias de Rajasthan. Es un viaje bien vale la pena el esfuerzo y usted tendrá buenos recuerdos que le durarán para siempre.
Imagínate a ti mismo en la parte superior de un camello, caminando por el desierto. Es una experiencia muy pacífica, se ha pocas veces visto. Este océano de arena de oro puro proporciona el telón de fondo para una auténtica aventura natural que implica un viaje en camello por las dunas a un oasis aislado. Vamos a tener la oportunidad de explorar este magnífico paisaje desértico.
Sea testigo del primer vuelo de una de las aves más grandes, la avutarda india y maniobrar a través de los fósiles de épocas pasadas en el Jeep Safari. Sienta la tranquilidad del desierto en la Carpa de estancia en Suiza con el rendimiento portahechizos de artistas locales.
Destacados de viaje: -
Aprender a montar en camello y montar su propio camello durante caminata
La mirada en la diversidad cultural de Rajasthan rural
Foto deja de captar el juego de la luz sobre Camel y Desierto
Disfrute de Jeep Safari a Parque Nacional y Parque Fossil
Desempeño Cultural y estancia Swiss Tent
Qué incluye: -
Alojamiento (hotel, camping, Tienda de campaña suiza)
Las comidas durante el safari (Veg.)
Firstaid kits médicos.
Día 1 Llegada a Jaisalmer
Llegada a Ciudad Dorada – Jaisalmer y comprobar en un buen hotel. El día es libre para explorar la ciudad dorada de Jaisalmer con nosotros. Te vamos a llevar a Havelis impresionantes, Gadsisar Lago del Desierto y el Centro Cultural. Se reúnen para una recepción y lanzamiento de nuestro CEO (Consejeros experiencia) y sus instructores a las 6 PM.
Days 2 Desert Safari
Esta mañana nos dirigiremos de Jaisalmer a nuestro campamento base, es decir Kanoi Village, donde el CEO se llevará a una sesión sobre cómo montar un camello. Montar en camello es fantásticamente divertido, especialmente cuando se levanta y corre sobre la arena de oro, y está destinada a ser una de sus mejores recuerdos de este viaje. Durante el recorrido tendremos una visita guiada pueblo en donde usted mirada en sus vidas, interactuar con ellos, tomar fotos, etc después de esto vamos a romper para el almuerzo.
Antes de la puesta del sol vamos a tener un taller de fotografía “STOP SHOOTNG AUTO”. Llegaremos a nuestro campamento antes del anochecer. Tenemos suficiente tiempo para que se fotografía, jugar y disfrutar de la arena dorada en las dunas de arena. La cena se sirve alrededor de la hoguera con actuaciones individuales. Noches de estancia será en tiendas de campaña suizo.
Día 3 Jeep Safari
Habremos mañana sesión de ejercicios de estiramiento a las 6:00 am seguido de un desayuno suntuoso. Comenzaremos nuestro Jeep Safari a las 7:15 AM en horas de la mañana, para detectar magnífica la avutarda india (Godawan o GIB) en Parque Nacional del Desierto (DNP). GIB es el pájaro del estado de Rajasthan. DNP es un paraíso para los observadores de aves con hordas de aves migratorias. Uno puede capturar águilas, aguiluchos, halcones, buitres, cernícalos y buitres. Águilas culebreras, águilas Tawny, Spotted Eagles, Falcons Laager y cernícalos son los más comunes entre ellos.
A continuación se trasladará al Parque de madera fósil para presenciar los fósiles de la era Jurrassic. Era una vez un bosque de 200 millones de años atrás y se sumergió en el mar. Lo que queda son los troncos se encuentran dispersos en el parque. En ruta visitaremos varios pueblos y detener a almorzar en una duna de arena.
Vamos a acampar en el desierto con hoguera y baile tradicional Kalbelia y espectáculo cultural de artistas locales. Noches de estancia será en tiendas de campaña suizo.
Día 4 Llegada a Jaisalmer
Después del desayuno nos dirigiremos de nuevo a Jaisalmer con dulces recuerdos. El Safari termina aquí.