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Bako National Park

  • Grade context: FR
  • Ascents: 10
  • Aka: Bako

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Summary

Seaside climbing on sandstone. Climbing is only allowed if permission given by Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

Description

Bako is a beautiful National Park with spectacular sandstone formations at some of the beaches. Climbing here is a unique experience very different from the lime stone areas in Sarawak. For a climbing trip you need to consider the tides, sun exposure and don't forget insect repellent for the sand flies.

Access issues

The park is operated by Sarawak Forestry Corporation, which presently does not allow rock climbing due to lack of mountain rescue service. Contact Alexander Hölke for a case-by-case agreement with the park management if you plan a climbing trip there. For the multi-pitch route make sure you know what you are doing – you must be able to get back down to the beach by yourself. Bouldering is generally tolerated.

Approach

The park is a major tourist attraction so you can either drive to Kampung Bako or take a tour bus. At the main jetty you need to register your party and sign an indemnity form for rock climbers, pay the park fee and buy a boat ticket. Early and late boats (going out before 8am and returning after 4pm) can be arranged (011-25132711).

Where to stay

Several options for from a camp site to air conditioned rooms is available at the park https://ebooking.sarawak.gov.my/eBooking/. Day trips from Kuching are also possible.

Ethic

Sports Climbing with an adventurous note. All climbs are equipped with long shaft (200mm) titanium glue-in bolts. The sandstone is soft and somewhat brittle. Abseil and lower-off points have Ti rings tied with slings to the bolts - it is advised to bring spare slings along for renewal.

History

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Many climbers have looked at these cliffs and wondered if rock climbing was possible. Bouldering was reported as early as the 1999 by the Batman Wall development group and local climbers since then. Route development started in 2013 by Alexander Hölke in agreement with the park management.

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