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!
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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AMGA SPI Course
2017 is a special year for us - not only is it our fifth consecutive year in the Valley, we got a third Singaporean up El Cap via The Nose! Although I’m not with the team on the climb, I feel just as excited and proud to witness their ascent. It may not be the … Continue reading AMGA SPI Course
The Nose 2.0
Another July El Cap ascent, this time with Lien, my ex commando comrade. After some good training in Taiwan, Long Dong, we decided to team up and go get it! Check out the video I've made of our July Nose climb! https://vimeo.com/231235156
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
Tech Tips 4: Backcountry Cuisine
Here's a quick video to share how to use the Backcountry cuisine flameless heater pack if you forgot your stove! Easy to use and lightweight, you will appreciate some last minute hot meals in a pouch!
Tech Tips 3: Cleaning a GORE TEX Jacket
After a big winter and spring season, our jackets took a beating from being in dirt, rain and rocks. Apart from the funky smell the jacket is developing, it is also looking dirtier. So I have decided to wash it! The common argument for GORE TEX Garment is can we wash it? The answer is Yes of … Continue reading Tech Tips 3: Cleaning a GORE TEX Jacket
Its been a while since I've visited a new climbing area. Its always fun to discover new places and climb on new rocks. New formations that you have never seen before or just getting inspired by climbing with new people with good vibes. Straight off the first trad course I have conducted in 2017, I flew out … Continue reading Exploring Thailand
Fixed hardware. What you should know about them?
Everytime we clip into the chains or the bolts at the end of the route, it is a sense of relief and rejoice. You would have either sent your long time project or got away without leaving bail biners or draws on the route. Before you heave that sign of relief, think again what you … Continue reading Fixed hardware. What you should know about them?
Highlights of 2016 and 2017 trips schedule!
Its been an exciting 2016. It began with Krabi Rock Trips running multi pitch course in the limestone mecca followed by Taiwan Rock Trip in spring. During the spring season we also started the Titanium Bolting Project in Taiwan. Now autumn is over and winter is setting in as we get ready for the last … Continue reading Highlights of 2016 and 2017 trips schedule!