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Gravity-defying 'Monkey Man' stuns tourists

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Hum    6,930

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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+FloatingFatMan    13,401

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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Knife Party    630

now what? 

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theyarecomingforyou    9,200

Sensationalist headline is sensationalist.

 

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

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Slugsie    779

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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Soldiers33    135

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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+DonC    332

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

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Hum    6,930

Sensationalist headline is sensationalist.

 

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

Let's see you do it.

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+fusi0n    1,569

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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+warwagon    9,948

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

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Hum    6,930

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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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+FloatingFatMan    13,401

I'm lucky to simply walk sometimes.

 

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

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theyarecomingforyou    9,200

Let's see you do it.

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

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