Verified Purchase. Way out of date for Railay rock climbing. It will give you an good idea where the climbing areas are before you get there which is what we did. This book has many more climbs that have been added.
June 13, - Published on Amazon. Sam's book is good in giving you background and route descriptions but it is hard sometimes to find climbs with his photos.
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Also some data is out of date. For example the Diamond Cave area, only climbs go the full height of the wall to the roof but looking at Sam's book it looks like they all go to the roof. Wee's book is upto date on this. Also Wee has a new edition, availible in Railay and Tonsai with the newest info; such as Stalagasaurus losing it's defining stalactite. Otherwise it's an ok book. February 22, - Published on Amazon. Very incomplete guide, only few selected climbs in each area.
If general info is what you seek, the guidebook is OK. The mountain itself is sacred to local Dayak communities, and their mythology tells of a monster or demon that used to visit the mountain and consume human flesh. To this day, rituals are still observed to protect those climbing the mountain and it is seldom climbed by anyone other than the locals. Too small to attract the mountaineering crowd, and too remote to attract most wildlife enthusiasts, Gunung Bondang has had little contact with the outside world.
Logging is also taboo upon the mountain, which has inadvertently led to its conservation. Surrounded by slash and burn agriculture and palm oil plantations, Gunung Bondang is truly an isolated ark of biodiversity.
I had the exciting opportunity to serve as the photographer on a month-long scientific expedition organized by the Heart of Borneo Rainforest Foundation. Our research team, made up of young British and Indonesian scientists, was studying the biodiversity of the mountain. We had set up camp in the rainforest and were living under a large tarp about four hours from the summit. From that base, we explored the forest by day and night. Gaining permission to climb the mountain was not a simple task, since we needed approval from the local community leaders. Luckily, they were excited to have us there and permission was gained after we worked out payment for the guides and cooks we would hire from among the villagers.
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