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Batman Wall 


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Submitted By: Glen Charnoski on Nov 2, 2011
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Description 

Batman Wall is the first developed wall at Fairy Caves, of which 13 original bolted lines exist. There are new climbs now and the rest are variations. There is a roof section, but most climbers start at the lip of the roof, where the climbs are vertical to slightly overhanging. The limestone is smooth but well pocketed, with curious knobs to pull on. All climbs are, therefore, stick-clip starts (ie."Batman" starts), except "Two Egg Bacon Burger" that starts on a column reaching the ground. So, don't forget your stick clip and a Grigri for hoisting!

There are no crowds to worry about, just your new local climber friends who all climb on Sunday. Locals love to watch, and they are your biggest annoyance, as sometimes they ask too many questions and the young locals party and play loud music on some weekends. Watch out for glass at the bottom of climbs. Parking is right at the climbs.

There is afternoon sun September thru April, otherwise its in the shade.


Getting There 

From Kuching, hire a taxi or drive south from Kuching past the airport toward Bau (30 minutes). Eat there and buy water and snacks as there is no food/drink at the caves, but sometimes at the cave entrance, there is a vendor on weekends. Follow signs for Fairy Caves at the turnoff for Bau (go straight) and turn right after 15 minutes to a sign-posted road to Fairy Caves. Batman Wall is 200m down on the right. Park there.


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Kapur Chimney is on the left side of this photo. The climber is resting on Simtoi (5.12a).

Kapur Chimney 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Asia : Malaysia : ... : Batman Wall
The crux is the start. Pull hard from the undercling traversing right to reach small holds where you can heelhook over the lip to gain a stance above the lip. Otherwise, an easier start goes straight up to a hidden pocket deep in the hollow, then traverse right, then up the vertical smooth wall. Do an armlock in the chimney to ascend. A second crux comes in the smooth chimney with no feet (or step on the bolt like my wife) to gain an easier ground to big holds finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Batman Wall, looking toward Stage Wall (Baby wall) hidden at right. Notice the climber warming up on the bouldering wall traverse.
Batman Wall, looking toward Stage Wall (Baby wall)...
Batman Wall. The climbs end just below the huge stalagtites, as its wet and sharp above there.
Batman Wall. The climbs end just below the huge st...
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