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Butterfly Valley across the pasture.


Remember you are in Socialist Republic of Vietnam and everything is technically owned by the government. It costs 50 dong per day or you maybe able to get a discount buying the day passes at SloPony.

Butterfly Valley is an isolated area on Cat Ba Island with a one lane paved road to the "The Hive" the residence of the locals who work the land. Stop at The Hive and pay the local 50 dong per person or give them your day pass.

The wall tuffa covered steep limestone and some parts will stay dry in rain.

Getting There 

Pretty much the only way to get out here is to rent a motor bike in Cat Ba Town. This is pretty easy for around 70 dong per day and must come with 1 or 2 helmets. HELMET LAWS ARE STRICT IN VIETNAM AND YOU DON'T WANT TO TALK TO VIETNAMESE POLICE SO WEAR ONE. On the way out of town stop and get 1 liter of gas. Before you get off the bike get out 1 liters worth of dong (20 in 2011) and wave it in front of the attendant or he will try to fill your tank.

At this point you should have been to SloPony and picked up the newest edition of the guidebook which has good directions to the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 19.3 miles from here

51 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Butterfly Valley:
Elephant Man   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Center of the Universe
Cracker Jack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Dragon Cave
Windchime of the Ants   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Pond Wall
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Windchime of the Ants 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Asia : Vietnam : ... : Pond Wall
Amazing start to nice climbing, then a crux with will make you think to cruising climbing to the anchors.The crux is the start climbing out of the cave on the tuffa and stalacite features and then a face move with the 7th bolt at your feet. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Leslie McG
Jul 27, 2012
RU kidding- stay AWAY from SLO PONY- they are NOT climbers- they are after MONEY ONLY.
By Tyler Quesnel
From: Eliot
Dec 6, 2012
I disagree with the comment above. It's been a couple years since I was in Vietnam, but I felt Slo Pony was helpful and what fees they did charge were nominal.
By Sander DiAngelis
From: San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 14, 2014
Slo Pony (now Asia Outdoors) is a very legitimate organization. A western company wouldn't develop in Vietnam to try to make a buck ... It's run by pretty passionate climbers seeking beautiful lines. I'd recommend them.
By fxct
Oct 27, 2014
I found the tour rate and gear rental rates fair. Took a DWS trip (very fun) and rented gear to go sport climbing at a nearby crag (BV). Its been said the grades are slightly soft here which may be so but there are some tricky starts and a couple slippery finishes here, or so it seemed to me anyway.

The staff all climb. Some quite well. As I observed, anyway, so I'm not sure what the issue from the earlier commenter was/is, but its two years on now. They keep whiteboards with all the latest beta on the tides for DWS, status of routes (issues with animals, nests, etc are updated frequently) and they are very engaged in keeping the routes up and clean as far as I could tell.
By waggledans
Jan 30, 2015
The staff is OK, the crag is pretty good. I guess the annoying thing is that they charge about $2 for Butterfly valley access fee. One time donation should be enough for such a small crag. Otherwise, no complaints, just a regular climbing shop that is trying to make some money wherever possible.
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