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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 18:36

Most people need climbing gear to scale a sheer rock face. But not the “Monkey Man.”

In a video shot on the Railay Peninsula in Thailand, Neu, known locally as “Monkey Man,” demonstrates his skills using only his bare hands and what looks like some chalk to help with his grip. Canadian trip leader John Early, who made the video, leads tour groups around Thailand.

“We asked our good friend Neu, aka ‘Monkey Man,’ to do a bit of freestyle demonstration while visiting Phra Nang Beach. The entire beach was captivated. Even the monkeys were mystified,” Early told Storyful.

The travel guide told Yahoo News that Neu, a rock climbing guide, is a legend on Railay. "He has been climbing his whole life and no longer gets invited to local competitions 'cause he wins them all." Early added that Monkey Man "is very humble and only climbs publicly when our guides ask him."

Intrigued? The video, taken a few weeks ago, is worth watching until the end. That’s when Neu shows off his most challenging moves.

About three minutes in, the Monkey Man moves across the underside of a low-hanging rock, seeming to defy gravity. His hands and feet stick to the rock surface a la Spider-Man. He pauses as if to contemplate his plan before swinging his body and propelling his legs through the air. There is no room for error, and his timing and balance are perfect.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:45

Sure, he's a good climber, but look closely at the wall, it looks prepared to me. Lots of white spots in it where he gets handholds would indicate to me that someone had been along previously and chopped holes.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:18

now what? 



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:43

Sensationalist headline is sensationalist.

 

There's nothing "gravity-defying" about it.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:15

Sure, he's a good climber, but look closely at the wall, it looks prepared to me. Lots of white spots in it where he gets handholds would indicate to me that someone had been along previously and chopped holes.

 

I don't think it's been prepared, but I do think he's climbed it hundreds of times leaving chalk marks from his hands on every hold.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:22

You do realize those white holes are where others have grabbed the rock? I have seen this in Wales. Couple of people come to a huge rock with chalk and matresses and they all try to climb their own way. At the end opf the day the rock is all white, from where everyone tried grabbing on to something.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:36

It would be gravity-defying if he let go with his hands and feet and didn't fall.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 00:11

Sensationalist headline is sensationalist.

 

There's nothing "gravity-defying" about it.

Let's see you do it.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 00:15

Sure, he's a good climber, but look closely at the wall, it looks prepared to me. Lots of white spots in it where he gets handholds would indicate to me that someone had been along previously and chopped holes.

HAX!



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 00:31

You guys should look at the french spiderman instead.

 



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 00:47

Did they just call this dark colored man a "Monkey Man?" :laugh:



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 00:58

^

Neu, known locally as “Monkey Man,”

 

His own people do.

 

I have every respect for his agile ability.

 

I'm lucky to simply walk sometimes.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:55

I'm lucky to simply walk sometimes.

 

Well, if you'd cut back a little on the booze... ;)



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:51

Let's see you do it.

Then the title would read "sloth-man falls off cliff to untimely death".  :rofl:



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:01

You guys should look at the french spiderman instead.

 

 

Patrick Edlinger was just as famous, if not even more in the 80's and 90's
http://en.wikipedia....atrick_Edlinger