After over 24 hours of non stop travel I finally arrived Yangshou China. Travel is never an easy thing, despite all the planning and preparation journeying halfway around the world is seldom without complications. With the recent airline terrorist threat , security at US airports in now at a heightened level, which in my case meant long lines. As result I came very close to missing my flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhuo. In fact, I had to run to the gate and they literally closed the planes door after I stepped inside. The flight was 14 + hours, but on the bright side there was an empty next to me, so I was able to stretch out a little during the flight. I was flying to China to meet a friend and fellow NOLS instructor Szu-ting ( a native of Taiwan) and spend the next two and half weeks rock climbing in the Yangshuo region of southern China. Szu-ting or Ting Ting as her friends call her was having epic travels of her own with cancelled flights and long bus rides, but we where able to connect in Guilin and the travel to Yangshuo yesterday. The topography of this area is amazing with literally thousands of limestone towers (called Karst formation) stretching out arcoss the horizon. For our first day of climbing we rented single speed bikes and peddled for 20 minutes to a cliff called the Wine Bottle and spend the afternoon grabbing tufas, pulling on pockets and crimping on the rather sharp limestone.