The Climbing and Culture in the Interior of Vietnam

Photos by Tontonbebel, Ong Da, Pangoline, la belle-mere, Jean Branly courtesy of Dong Chi / - From the karst towers in the north to granite in the south you'll see everything — from locals who solo cliffs to get bird’s nests, children who make fun of you because you’re trying the hardest way to climb up a boulder, teenagers who steal your crashpad to take a nap, and drunk guys who climb up your rope. Chill out, drink a beer, take a nap, and climb again. We climb because it’s useless, and we love it. "Before the deed comes the thought. Before the achievement comes the dream. Every mountain we climb, we first climb in our mind."—Royal Robbins