Tech Tips 6: Choosing your “perfect” climbing shoes

I have always been a big fan of La Sportiva. My first pair of climbing shoes was coincidentally a pair of Cobra, just because my favourite colour then was orange. I didn’t know about performance, fitting, function or any other considerations for buying climbing shoes. As long as my toes are squashed and are as … Continue reading Tech Tips 6: Choosing your “perfect” climbing shoes

2017: Big Walls and Big Balls!

Thanks to Lien for writing this blog. Love reading it. Looking forward to climb with you again sir! NIAD!

Adventures with Lien

Pooping in a harness –welcome to the Big Wall!

Imagine if you will, cocktail in hand, admiring the night city view from the roof-top bar of a two hundred-storey building, perhaps a descendant of one of the modern skyscrapers in Shanghai or Singapore. From this vertiginous height, the cars below are like pin-pricks of light, their meandering paths industriously ant-like in nature.

Then imagine that instead of being safely behind the glass, you’re now on the outside, hanging from a thin rope, 9.8mm across (not even 1cm). The wind is howling, and you can barely hear yourself, much less your climbing partner around the corner. As you look down the dizzying heights, you see the long plunge straight to the ground. Hanging there, your toes are going numb as the harness digs into your waist while you belay your partner. The same harness that you haven’t taken off in…

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Tech Tips 5: Cleaning & Maintenance for Arc’teryx Altra 65 Load Transfer Disc

5 years ago, I left the services with a degenerative disc on my L4/L5. For those who do not know what it means, the simple run down is I have a perpetual backache whenever I carry loads, high impacts, long hard descents and hanging in the harness for too long. Being the stubborn me, refusing … Continue reading Tech Tips 5: Cleaning & Maintenance for Arc’teryx Altra 65 Load Transfer Disc