Steepest Most Bad-Ass Climb

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - General Discussion Forum' started by Idaho Rider, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Idaho Rider

    Idaho Rider Ol'Timer

    Been up to Doi Angkhan a few times and was wondering if there is a steeper, longer climb with as many switch backs somewhere out there. It never seems to end and it makes Doi Inthanon seem like a park ride! So what's your steepest most bad-ass climb?
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  3. 2Up Chiang Khong

    2Up Chiang Khong Ol'Timer

    Hi Idaho,

    The paved surfaced areas that you are mentioning can be quite pedestrian once you've done it once and you will need to get off road if you want it steeper and the duration of the ride to last longer. There are mutlple off road tracks all over Northern Thailand...a search on this site will let you see many of them.

    But if you want a "road" instead of a "track" albeit a single lane of less then one lane to one and half lanes wide and you want it to climb for ever and be very very steep, with multiple never-ending switch backs, all dirt - bull dust to 30+ centimeters deep in the dry season and just about impossible to manage in the wet season, then you need to get into Laos and have a look around.

    Here are three lat/longs in Laos for your consideration. Give these three areas a go and you'll really appreciate the long, wide and flat again.
    19.58 & 101.08 just East of Pak Beng and heads North up into the mountains. Easy and dirty when it's dry - when it's wet...good luck.
    15.18 & 106.55 East of Sekong in Southern Laos. You can ride this road all day from Sekong to the Viet Nam border, with the steep parts lasting for 1-2 hours at a time and top speed of about 10-15k per hour. And needless to say; multiple steep switch back sections. And then at the end of the day you can find that you have no where to eat or sleep that even begins to look resonable.
    18.98 & 103.20 East of Saysomboune. The top of the road is at about 1,300 meters and the valley below is at 350 meters in elevation. And this difference is accomplished in only about 7-8 kilometers as the crow flys, so you can ride switch backs to your hearts content while wishing maybe that you hadn't attempted this.

    In the meantime, enjoy those roll on and roll off easy switch backs on the good paved surfaces of Northern Thailand - but if you insist on working hard so as to better enjoy those pedestrian rides around Doi Ang Khong, hop on over into Laos and give a shot at the three Lat/Longs that I've passed along.

    David and Mai
    Chiang Khong

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