Taiwan 2015 Spring

Jiufen engulfed with clouds
Jiufen engulfed with clouds

After dry winter in Taiwan 2014 – 2015, the rain had to come down on us and spring was the time. This spring, in Long Dong, Taiwan, we have quite a bit of rain. However with a little luck, not many groups were affected by the weather. I would like to thank all our participants who have came to Long Dong this spring to climb with us. With the new multi pitch course, SNCS Sports Level 3, in place we were able to allow more climbers experience multi pitch climbing in a more structured manner.

The Bivy common area
The Bivy common area

I hope everyone had a great time in Taiwan this spring and I’m looking forward for everyone (readers you including) to come to Taiwan with us! In the autumn season we have some amazing things happening in Long Dong, including The Bivy 小屋岩!The Bivy is a climbers’ hostel that Kelly and I have created for the climbing community to base in when climbing in Long Dong,龍洞,Taiwan. Its a small and cosy home with 8 beds (extendable to 10) in Bitou Cape which is just 2km away from School Gate in Long Dong. A lot of efforts has been put into this project and its our way of paying it back to to climbing community. Providing a clean, comfortable and affordable hostel for all travelling climbers, The Bivy has many amenities that a traveller will need. Please log on to Facebook and show us some love on www.facebook.com/thebivytaiwan

One of the hot sunny days in Spring with Zhu Yan knocking off Oh Yeah
One of the hot sunny days in Spring with Zhu Yan knocking off Oh Yeah

Congrats to all new SNCS Sports Level 3 participants who have successfully completed the course. Stringent training and beach mark has been applied to this course especially when its done outdoors. Completing the course outdoors has provide the participants with valuable experience on realistic terrain making their next outdoor climbing experience better. Kelly and I have done thousands of pitches of climbing and I hope our experience has helped you understand the multi pitch world better!

SNCS Level 3 in a outdoor classroom
SNCS Level 3 in a outdoor classroom
The crew up on a multi pitch completing their 5 day course combo! Good job!
The crew up on a multi pitch completing their 5 day course combo! Good job!
Silvia and Sze ping, leading their first mock multi pitch on trad.
Silvia and Sze ping, leading their first mock multi pitch on trad.
Constantin watch on as Sze ping find his way up Wedding Day on Clock Tower
Constantin watch on as Sze ping find his way up Wedding Day on Clock Tower
See Cheong starts up on Climax
See Cheong starts up on Climax
Rocking some multi pitch with old friends, Ginno is the Qxadventures' first participant in Taiwan Rock Trip!
Rocking some multi pitch with old friends, Ginno is the Qxadventures’ first participant in Taiwan Rock Trip!

Embarking onto Trad climbing course or the SNCS Rock level 1 course, climbers will learn the world of climbing without bolts. Finding their way up the blank walls and learning to trust their assessment is the key to the course. Not for the faint hearted but once you have completed the course, participants understands mechanics of trad climbing increasing their knowledge of this rare and unique skill of climbing cracks. Congrats to all of you who have passed the SNCS rock level 1 and entering the world of trad climbing with me, I hope to take you to other places in the world where your unique skills will be put to test!

Adrain comes for trad course and raps in to 龍路 for a end of course assessment
Adrian comes for trad course and raps in to 龍路 for a end of course assessment
Kayne with his ET moment.
Kayne with his ET moment.
OBS group with Sherman climbing in Golden Valley
OBS group with Sherman climbing in Golden Valley
Alvin and Chermaine knocking off another trad route in Golden Valley
Alvin and Chermaine knocking off another trad route in Golden Valley
Zhu Yan on top of Caterpillar just as the rain hits us
Zhu Yan on top of Caterpillar just as the rain hits us
Gabriel returns for some trad refresher and Yosemite prep
Gabriel returns for some trad refresher and Yosemite prep
My proud moment with our oldest climber in Singapore Doc Kung to prepare for his Yosemite trip this summer
My proud moment with our oldest climber in Singapore Doc Kung to prepare for his Yosemite trip this summer
Terence and Juliet drops by for a day of climbing. Day  trips are great way to get out of Taipei city!
Terence and Juliet drops by for a day of climbing. Day trips are great way to get out of Taipei city!
Elenni and Clare from USA is on a girls outing with Kelly!
Elenni and Clare from USA is on a girls outing with Kelly!

Kelly and I are currently in US from June to 29th August 2015 and if you are keen to hit us up on some big climbs or experience the Valley living hit us up!

Taiwan Autumn 2015 Rock Trip is tentatively lock in from Sept 2015 to Jan 2016, work on your leave calendar soon!

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