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“Awesome climbing, great level for anyone not expert”

Adam's Rock climbing school
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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome climbing, great level for anyone not expert”
Reviewed 5 April 2013

Adam is a great guy and puts on a good day for anyone actively seeking to get closer to all those rock cliffs you see around Vang Vieng. They have a good set up for anyone who isn't highly experienced (but if you are, they also rent climbing gear to independent climbers too). Our group was a mix of first-time and casual climbers and we all felt that the difficulty presented was perfect for our skill. Also included was a very small walk after lunch to a cave that has musical rocks! That's right, hitting these certain rocks created different tones based on the size of the rock. All in all, a great day, with some great people (a slightly different crowd than you find floating down the river).

Visited April 2013
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“Great Climbing ...Great Staff”
Reviewed 16 March 2013

I went to Vang Vieng with my main purpose being rock climbing. I had read that Laos ...Vang Vieng in particular was adding more sport climbing routes, with something for everyone. I was glad I picked Adams Climbing School. Adam and his staff were great. I spent a few days climbing there, and had the opportunity to try a few different areas. I had the same guide each time, Sien(sorry if I misspelled your name). He was great ...he pushed me to finish a few climbs that I didn't think I could do, and offered increasingly challenging climbs. The climbing in Vang Vieng is very reasonably priced and offers something for everyone. I had the opportunity to talk with the owner of the shop, Adam on a few occasions ...he is a very personable guy, who knows his stuff when it comes to climbing ...he even plays a mean guitar! Next time I'm back in Vang Vieng, I will definitely climb with Adams again!

Visited February 2013
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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“Enjoyable, but a little disappointed...”
Reviewed 13 February 2013

We booked with Adam's school because of the reviews, professionalism and attentiveness he gave each climber. Being outdoor people ourselves, this was one thing my partner and I really wanted to try, giving us the experience and knowledge to try climbing ourselves when we get back home. So were excited about doing a half day climb.

We turned up at 9.15 am for depart at 9.30am. We were with 2 other girls, another couple and two volunteers who were fairly new to helping out at the school.

When we got to the climbing walls, I was surprised to see many more people in a group climbing, obviously with another school.

We were shown briefly how to hold, step and use the body when climbing. We were also shown how to tie the figure of eight knot securing it to our harness. We were a bit disappointed as we were not shown how to belay which states this on the half day climb. The day was enjoyable...we did 4 vertical climbs. We could not see Adam in our group and overheard that he was with his girlfriend in Thailand. There was another climbing school there, and the guys belaying, were encouraging their climbers continuously where to put their hands and feet, really egging them on, helping them climb. Whether it was their first time climbing or not, I don't know. But the guys were on the ball.
The guys helping us, not sure if they felt intimidated by them or whether it was because they had celebrated the Chinese New Year the night before...but they did not seem to be so encouraging and forthcoming in where to place our feet and hands and to correct us if necessary. My partner noticed that the guy belaying him was at times talking on his mobile, rather than concentrating and helping him climb. This unnerved him a little with the safety aspect of it and was unprofessional considering it was our first time climbing.
We did enjoy our experience, but would have liked to learn how to belay as well as was stated on the half day climb. It may have been different if Adam was with us.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Some of the most fun had in SE Asia”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

The store and people for this place are top notch, and not just trying to make a buck off you like other tour companies in town. We signed up for a half-day of climbing, which was the perfect amount since we were pretty worn down after doing 3-4 climbs each. The guides we had were Apple and some volunteers, all of which were really cool people interested in making sure you enjoyed your climb. We went to the sleeping wall, which is protected from the elements due to an overhang. This had many spots to climb, at all different difficulties so we did multiple climbs, each one getting more difficult. Excellent way to spend the day!

Visited January 2013
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Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
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“Highly recommend, great experience, great guides”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

My husband and I did the half day rock climbing course. We were both beginners, as were the majority of people in the group of eight that participated. Instructors Adam and Sien were great, they took time to demonstrate the safety procedures very carefully. Each person was made to practice belaying and climbing.
Adam was passionate about getting beginners 'hooked' on climbing, stating that he wanted to instil good habits for our next climbing experience.
We did four climbs each of varying lengths and difficulty. Adam and Sien would give helpful tips when we were stuck as did the rest of the group.

Visited January 2013
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