Top three reasons to go rock climbing at Long Dong
The finest trad climbing in Taiwan, and possibly Asia
Long Dong houses a vast array of traditional and sport routes
Climb against the backdrop of the Pacific’s white-capped waves
Located on the northeast shore of Taiwan, the cliffs of Long Dong rise dramatically from the Pacific and offer some of the best seaside trad opportunities in the East. With 9 different sectors boasting over 600 routes running the entire spectrum of difficulty, everyone will find something just right for them. The conditions in Long Dong, also known as Dragon Caves, are perfect. Most of the sectors are easily accessible, you can climb year-round, and both newcomers to the sport and expert climbers can revel in lines of all grades. Along the coastline, you’ll find fractured rock faces, horizontal and vertical cracks, jagged formations, and all you could ever need to develop your rock climbing skills. Find out more about how you can discover the unexpected rock climbing of Taiwan at Long Dong from Kelly Khiew, Singaporean rock climber and AMGA-certified SPI.
Taipei, Taiwan, is about an hour’s drive from Long Dong
1 or 2 days
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your days
A Customized Day of Climbing at Long Dong
Master new moves and fast-track your rock climbing skills at Long Dong’s towering cliffs in Taiwan. Enjoy your day on the crags and scale a plethora of various routes with a private guide and revel in the marvelous scenery around you. Conquer some classic climbs such as Golden Shower and Moby Dick (5.9) or whichever ones are suitable for your skill level. Your expert guide will make sure to find a route perfect for your abilities.
Intro to Trad Climbing at Long Dong
Let an expert guide show you the ropes of trad climbing at Long Dong, one of Asia’s best trad climbing destinations. Focus on gear placement and anchor building in a single pitch setting during this two-day workshop and learn how to climb safely on these breathtaking cliffs. The best routes for climbers learning trad are in Golden Valley, but there are plenty of other classic trad routes ranging from 5.4-5.11a.
Women’s Clinic: Intro to Outdoor Climbing at Long Dong
Learn the intricacies of outdoor climbing with other like-minded ladies at the only all-women outdoor rock climbing clinic at Long Dong in Taiwan. This Taiwanese trad paradise is home to routes for all skill levels, allowing everyone to progress according to their abilities. Forge strong bonds with fellow female climbing enthusiasts and learn from your certified female climbing guide to improve your rock climbing skills.
Intro to Trad Climbing:
Day 1: Skill assessment and climbing
Your adventure will start off with your guide assessing your skills and establishing a baseline for individual goals. You’ll start working on gear placements and anchor building in a single-pitch setting to learn how to stay safe on the rocks. Return to your accommodations and prepare for the next day on the rocks.
Day 2: Reviewing skills from yesterday
On the second day, you’ll review the skills you learned yesterday and cement the techniques your guide showed you. Climb some of the classic routes on Long Dong’s solid rocks.
Women’s Clinic: Intro to Outdoor Climbing at Long Dong
Day 1: Establishing a baseline
Get to know other like-minded ladies while rock climbing at Long Dong and let your female guide establish a baseline for individual goals. Start climbing routes suitable for your skill level and learn new moves and techniques to scale them successfully. Get back to your cozy accommodations and get ready for the next day of learning and climbing.
Day 2: Reviewing skills from the previous day
Today you’ll get to review everything you learned yesterday and keep practicing new skills for the rest of the day. Throughout the whole process, your female guide and friends will encourage you so that you can reach your climbing goals.
Meet your guide
They are both wonderful instructors with great patience. We all had a wonderful time with QX and Kelly. Kelly made it fun for our group of beginners and I learned a few new skills with QX 1 on 1 guiding. Thanks for the encouragement and making the routes “easy”.
I completely recommend Qxadventures. Our two guides, Kelly and Ophelia, were knowledgeable, dependable, attentive and helpful. Our group had the best rock climbing experience we’ve ever had. Would definitely go with them again.
Our group had the best rock climbing experience with Kelly and Ophelia. They were really professional and patient. We felt really safe and comfortable. Highly recommend Qxadventures. Thank you ladies for making our trip so memorable!
Things to know
Covid measures at Long Dong, Taiwan
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures at Long Dong, Taiwan, please refer to the UK Government’s Entry Requirements for Taiwan website, Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full-day or 2 days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical rock climbing equipment
- Accommodations for 1 night for the 2-day adventures
What’s not included:
- Accommodations for the full-day adventure
- Meals and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Long Dong has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Long Dong has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these climbs are usually between 1–4 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- The max. guest to guide ratio for these climbs is 4:1.
Climbing days at Long Dong, Taiwan, can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
- If the client cancels the booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, the client is entitled to a full refund.
- For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, the client is entitled to a credit with that guide for another identical or substantially similar booking, or a full refund, minus a one hundred-fifty dollar ($150) reservation fee.
- For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, the client is entitled to a full refund, minus a one hundred-fifty dollar ($150) reservation fee.
- For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the client is not entitled to any refund.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Long Dong, Taiwan, most people fly into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, 1.5 hours from Long Dong. From there, you can rent a car, or get to Taipei Main Station and take a bus from there. You can also take a train from Taipei Main Station to Keelung and transfer to the local bus 791.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.