International arrival into Lijiang airport before 5pm. From there, transfer to the hotel just outside of the Old Town.
Dinner will be a family style meal of local food from Yunnan province. Finally, we’ll take a light walk around the Old Town.
Following breakfast, we head to Baisha (15 km transfer) where we learn about traditional crafts of the region: indigo tie-dye and embroidery. From there, we continue to Liming, where we spend the night.
We will spend these three days exploring the Lisu Area, which has an abundance of beginner/moderate routes.
Your expert guide will help you with your crack climbing techniques: hand and foot jamming, finger locking, and off-width climbing.
We give ourselves a day of rest and relaxation in order to experience the abundance of sights, sounds, and smells at the market in Liming.
Three more days of awesome climbing! However, the exact route we take will depend on the interests and experience level of the group.
We have the option to head to the caves or the Dinner Wall where you can learn how to build anchors, lead climb, multi-pitch systems, and so much more!
Rest day. If you’re interested, you can check out some of the beautiful hikes in the region. We recommend Thousand Turtle Mountain.
We will tackle one of the 2 via ferratas in Liming. It will be a fun adventure that feels nice and breezy after the tough climbing we’ve been doing!
We will explore Yangshuo’s Sport Climber’s Crag or The Guardian, crags with more challenging routes. This is your chance to practice everything you’ve learned and really push yourself up a tough route!
After a quick debrief, we depart Liming and head back to the airport in Lijiang, where your international flight home awaits.
After we stay at a hotel in Lijiang the first night, we will be based in a traditional house in Liming. The home features a large courtyard and other modern amenities. Note that hot water in rural China is solar powered, so on cloudy days and at night there may be only a limited amount of hot water.
Mick has traveled the world over in search of the perfect mountain experience. After working for years under other companies’ ethos and philosophies, nothing quite fit with his personal convictions and passions. In 2006 he set out on his own to make his vision of the holistic mountain experience a reality for anyone who shared his passion for the outdoors.
Having traveled all over the U.S. as the son of a railroad employee, Mick is accustomed to movement and new views. Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe, South America, Tanzania are some of the places and cultures that have shaped and influenced Mick.
Currently, Mick resides in Seattle, WA managing Kaf Adventures and continuing to hold the vision of this ever evolving company. He works tirelessly to continue to provide world-class experiences that provide knowledge and a greater perspective of the great outdoors.
Mick’s true passion is education. He has found a unique passion for educating aspiring instructors and guides in the U.S. You will find him outside helping new leaders gain confidence in their ability to make decisions in complex environments.
When he is not in the field (where he spends over 100 days a year) you can find him creating electronic music and making people dance. Mick has a habit of making those around him smile, and you might just wonder when he sleeps!
Mick is an American Mountain Guide Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide, SPI Program Provider, AMGA Instructor Team Member, LNT Master trainer, a Wilderness First Responder, a certified Level 3 AIARE avalanche graduate, an instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and speaks Spanish and a little Swahili.
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