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Seeking Growth And Development In The Tetons

Early in 2004, we set out to develop a program that provided opportunities for Thai guides to experience climbing and guiding in the United States.  We realized that it was our responsibility as a climbing company to create climbing opportunities for those in our communities, especially those who work with us and share their passion with our clients on the rock.

Nine years later we sent our first guide to participate in an exchange internship with Colorado Mountain School.  We have now been able to send three guides for advanced training and experience in the US and the experience has been incredible for all of us.

In the summer of 2015, CMRCA guide Surachet Kongsingh (Add) became the third CMRCA guide to participate in the program and spent almost four months traveling and climbing in the USA.  His trip included a number of notable accomplishments:  Certification as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), climbing desert towers and cracks in Moab, Utah. Becoming certified as a Climbing Wall Instructor with the Climbing Wall Association. Participating in a two month guiding internship with the Colorado Mountain School, and culminating with an ascent of the famous Grand Teton by way of the Exum Ridge.

On the Exum Ridge, Add put his guiding training to the test and guided two other Thai climbers to the summit.  Ex-Thai national team member Khaetthaleeya Morris (Kat), and Northern Thailand native and Jackson Hole, Wyoming resident Somjai Kamthong (Pui) joined Add as they became the first all Thai team to ascend the route.  Check out this video that highlights the experience climbing in the Tetons and the United States.

One of our core values is to Seek Growth And Development.  It’s important as individuals and it’s also important as a company to push ahead and look for opportunities that are beyond our reach.  Business and personal development are like climbing.  We see the mountain we want to climb and we work toward gaining the summit.  It can take time, but if we break it down into smaller steps it gets closer and feels more within reach.  It took us 9 years from the moment we started until we were able to get someone to the US and in the three years since that first trip, we have accomplished so much and each guide has grown and developed in tremendous ways themselves.  Add’s experience and his commitment to continued progression sets an example we can all strive to.  

Climb On!

 

 

Get the Guidebook App!

 

A Guide to Rock Climbing in Northern Thailand iPhone App has finally arrived!

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Long gone are the days of having to lug a heavy book to the crag or frantically flipping through pages of an old guidebook just to find that the route you’re looking for isn’t there. Now your guidebook will update automatically when new routes or new info is compiled to ensure that you are getting the most up to date information, and it fits in the palm of your hand!

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The app includes everything you need to experience climbing in Northern Thailand and Crazy Horse Buttress including:

  • Detailed topos and route info with swipe action between each route.
  • Crag overview with detailed access, approach and crag information.
  • Comprehensive route search function that enables you to search by name, grade, and area.
  • Detailed information on Chiang Mai including food, travel and lodging.
  • Detailed step by step instructions for getting from Chiang Mai to Crazy Horse Buttress.
  • Emergency and hospital information.
  • Detailed information on the Mae On Valley including restaurants, lodging and adventures near the climbing.
  • Key beta on other climbing areas in Thailand including Krabi, Bangkok, Sikhiu and Khon Kaen.

Purchase the guidebook app and receive a copy of the printed book at a discount of 50%.  All you have to do is email your proof of purchase to info@thailandclimbing.com.  We will then issue you a coupon code that you can use in the Adventure Store to get 50% a hard copy of the book. 

As part of the launch, we will be offering a 50% discount in the app store for the first three months! Buy it now and let us know what you think!

Check out some screenshots from the app below! Future versions will include options to add other areas in Northern Thailand including Chiang Dao, Mae Sai and new areas currently under development.

 

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Thank you for your support and helping us continue to develop climbing in Northern Thailand. Your purchase climbing guide apps and books go directly to continued development of climbing in Northern Thailand.

#ClimbCrazyHorse

 

 

Interested in a hard copy of the guidebook? Check it out here!

Co-Founder Josh Morris Gets a Mention in Chiang Mai CityLife

Earlier this month, CMRCA co-founder Josh Morris took CityLife on a tour of Crazy Horse Buttress. Part history, part geology, and part adventure have a read to learn a bit about the beginning of Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures and the development of rock climbing at Crazy Horse.

You can find the full article online here.

Mad Rock Redline Review

 

Designed by Mad Rock athlete, Obe Carrion, the aggressive downturned shoes will help you keep your toes on the steep limestone walls at Crazy Horse Buttress or Southern Thailand. The heels are made to minimize dead space helping with more effective and easier heel hooking. The arch flex technology creates a truly aggressive fit that makes the Redline the best choice for steep bouldering and route climbing. Laces allow you to freely adjust the fitting and make them feel like you are wearing gloves. The super sticky and thick rubber, yet sensitive, will help you edge on the thin face climbing and ease through polished foot holes outdoor and indoor. Beyond climbing technology, the Redline incorporates a more urban attitude into its design creating an extremely fashionable, simple and unique design. The Redline truly stands out among other climbing shoes current on the shelf.

 

Mad Rock Redline is now available in Thailand through CMRCA. You can come try them at our adventure store in old town Chiang Mai or order them online by emailing us at gear@thailandclimbing.com. The shoes are 4995 THB including a limited edition Mad Rock chalk bucket.

 

Escape the Bangkok Protests, Come Climbing in Chiang Mai!

 

Daily disruptions in Bangkok getting you down? Nervous about navigating the capital? Not to worry, Chiang Mai is only a bus/plane ride away! Things are as good as ever up north — the streets are calm, the sun is shining, and the BEST CLIMBING SEASON has arrived.

Join us for a course or take advantage of our climbing services to get your adventure rolling.

Also be sure to join on this SATURDAY (30 Nov) for the annual CMRCA Community Crank Bouldering Competition. Prizes include a day of private guiding, a new backpack, massage vouchers, and credit at the CMRCA Adventure Store. WOW!

Sign up now @ cmrca.eventbrite.com

Beervana craft brews will also be available while supplies last!

Fundraiser for Green Climbers Home

On New Years Eve, the Green Climbers Home – a climbing camp in Thakhek, Laos burned to the ground.  Fortunately, no one was hurt, but all of the bungalows and structures in the camp were destroyed.  While we can only imagine the shock of the events on New Years Eve are still very fresh, Camp Managers, Uli and Tanja Weidner, have promised to rebuild.  The community is passionate about rock climbing, but also sustainable development and supporting the local people in Thakhek.

Once of our core values is commit to community. While we actively engage with the local and traveling adventure community in Chiang Mai, this core value expands far beyond our work here at home.  We’re a part of something much larger – a community of rock climbers and cavers all over the globe that seek to challenge themselves, not only mentally and physically, but push to do so with minimal impact on the environment. 

CMRCA is excited to launch a Green Climbers Home fundraiser here in Chiang Mai to support the reconstruction of the camp.  Until the end of January, we’ll be collecting cash donations at the Adventure Store and during community events.  We will match every donation up to a total 500 USD given by CMRCA.  Our goal is to receive 500 USD from the community in addition to our own 500 USD for a total of 1,000 USD.

If you are out of town, we encourage you to donate directly to the cause via the Green Climbers Home website.

Thanks for all of your support and Climb ON!


Alex Honnold’s Triple Link-up

On June 5-6, 2012, Alex Honnold made the first ever solo link-up of Yosemite’s Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome in 18 hours and 50 minutes.  Hannold was climbing 95% of the route free solo. 

As if that wasn’t a big enough feat, on June 17, Honnold and Hans Florine broke the Nose speed record on El Capitan by 13 minutes.  They powered up the legendary wall in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 46 seconds.

The video below of Honnold’s link-up is a teaser for Reel Rock 7 to be released in late 2012.  We’re psyched to be hosting another Reel Rock Show this fall – final event date to be announced SOON!

Hardest Route in Indian Creek?

 

May 18, 2012

Indian Creek is one of the most famed crack climbing areas in the world.  The walls are inspiring and the climbing is unique.  Anyone who has taken a trip there knows just how special a place it is.  Check out this video of the hardest route in Indian Creek.  Then get inspired and go out and climb your hardest route.

Climb On!

NSTAR Climbs In Yangshuo

It was my a first big trip that i’ve done in my life also the first climbing trip out side of Thailand. I kind of very exited and nerves to travel by myself. I flew to KL and changed a flight to Guilin in the next day. While i was in KL i’ve had checked out one of the best climbing gyms in S.E.Asia Camp5 and climbed there for a little bit just stretching my muscles then the next morning I had a early flight from KL to Guilin. After i arrived I can see when you go outside of the airport it no any english sign. Anyway I was waiting my partner Andrew Goldsmith who can speak very good Chinese and we go to Yangshuo town together so we took a bus from Guilin to Yangshuo town about 1 and half hour. I slept the whole way there because I didn’t sleep much while i’m in Malaysia. I woke up again already in Yangshuo town.

After I got there i’m psyched to check out the town . I stay at Rock”N”Grill with my partner after we put our stuff in the room we went to checking out the town and met our friends at Insight Adventures it was so glad to see them there Tina,Lieng, and Som and other new crew. The weather on our first day was so cold because of rain from the night before we had a very good foods on the night and went back to the GH early to have a rest for first day climbing Andrew and I decided to go to the egg it was raining there, but we still could climb. After warming up two 5.10+, I jumped on the route’s “Chuck if ya want to” 5.11d I got an onsight attempt on this route then rest a little bit and moved to climb “The new decade” 5.12a/b took me two attempt to finish and my buddy adrew told me you should try the route that Josh Morris, Marshall Balick and Paul Collis bolted it is called “Duck” 5.11b.  I onsight this route it’s all about technique with crimps and long reaches.

The second day it was raining so much in Yangshou we weren’t sure that we will go or not i just hang out around town instead in the morning but in the after som took me get to know James and Abond and his friends I went out climbing with them at Lei Pi Shan in the afternoon.  The wall it so beautiful and steeper than Crazy Horse. I warmed up on 5.10a after resting 20 Min then my buddy James give me a belay for “Crash and Burn” 5.11d it was steep and I didn’t expected to get a onsight attempt but I did and after I was psyched to try “Singularity” 5.12a/b. I fell off on the sixth bolt so I didn’t finish the route on that day but Andrew and I came back and I finished on my third attempt. I felt like I used all my energy after I sent it and then I climbed on the another nice 5.11c and sent it on my second attempt.  After that,  I looked at a route called “Thunder” 5.12b/c, the first pitch was bolted by James Pearsons from The North Face team. I climbed this route which requires very dynamic movement for short people. I did not send this route, but if I can finish this route it will be my next level of my climbing ability.  I will come back and try it next year again. Ooan and Olivia came to Yangshuo the next day and we decided to take a rest to go pick them up. I was so excited to meet them here we made it man!!……Ooan and Olivia got here and the next day we went back to The egg again  i’ve tried 5.12c’s call “The wiggle” and 5.12d call “The way to hilldurado”, but couldn’t send these route again today.

The next day it was our first birthday outside of thailand we were excited to go to White Mountain the wall is so so incredible and HUGE man. Most of the routes here are long and endurance climbing and a tons of routes i was so excited to climb so after warming on 5.11a I wanted to try something harder so I jumped on “Lucky Zone” 5.12c. It took me 9 attempts to send it in 3 days while we were climbing at White Mountain and I was able to try other classic 5.12b’s called “China White” and 5.12d ‘s called “White Devil”.

The next day we tried to check out one of the best climbing area called The Banyan Tree a the rocks here that looks like Ant Hill but not really similar. After warming up on a 5.10+ I saw one route like crag climbing style 5.11b “Open Team” I got onsight attempt on this route after that I jump on the route of Todd Skinner who is one of the first pioneer climbers in Yangshuo  t was no name 5.12 b classic route i’ve climbed 3 tries and i couldn’t send it after 3 tried i was so pumpy i figure out all the moves  but just no time to  come back there again we climbed here just only one day i will come back and send it again next year and try some things harder here next year so STOKED!!!!! The last three day in yangshou before i hit the road to HongKong we decided to go the  climbing in Yangshuo Moon Hill the wall it so amazing it beautiful shape of rocks we were climbing there for two day the first day i only sent one 5.12b here because 70% the rocks got wet from the rain we coundn’t climb much on this wall.

I’ve had an amazing time in my life and felt at home when I was in Yangshuo.  The food is great, people are so nice and met a lot of new friends. I learned the new language and culture. Great community.  Thank you so much to Insight Adventures people you guys so so Awesome.  I  appreciate that and glad to know most of you, Thanks Som for helping me a lot when i was there, Thanks P’ Andrew Ooan And Olivia i was so happy to climbed with you guys.

Live adventure and do what you love!

Surachet (Add/”NSTAR”) Kongsingh

Make sure you follow NSTAR’s adventures on his blog!

 

Hayden Kennedy’s First Ascent of Carbondale Short Bus

Friday Inspiration

Hayden Kennedy redpoints a 5.14 route at Indian Creek – later called Carbondale Short Bus.  Check out the article from UK Climbing and video of Nick Martino attempting the route.

Carbondale Short Bus

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