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CWA in Qatar

 

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CMRCA started offering Climbing Wall Association(CWA) Climbing Wall Instructor(CWI) courses last October.  The CWI course is an internationally recognized indoor climbing wall certification that focuses on the most recognized standards of climbing wall staff to date.  Since October we have brought courses to Bangkok and Chiang Mai climbing gyms, international schools around Thailand, and most recently Qatar in the middle east.

 

Our experience in Qatar was a special one!  You might think to yourself…  Climbing in Qatar?  How is that possible? In fact there is climbing in Qatar and quite a large community of climbers.  They call themselves the Doha Climbers and have actually developed a few outdoor areas with some of the most unique climbing we have ever experienced.  Unlike petroleum, outdoor climbing is a limited resource in Qatar so climbers have started to look to climbing walls to settle their appetite for climbing.  There is a pretty big hurdle though…  There is only 1 climbing wall in the city and as of now it is not accessible to the public on a regular basis.  Doha Climbers is working hard to gain public access to the wall and are doing everything they can to improve their chances including reaching out to CMRCA for CWI certifications.

 

We here at CMRCA are happy to announce that 12 people passed the Climbing Wall Instructor course during our visit to Qatar and now Doha Climbers is one step closer to their dream of public access to the climbing wall in Qatar.  They also have a dream of opening another climbing wall of their own.  Good Luck Doha Climbers and thanks for letting us be a part of your dream!

 

If you are interested in becoming certified as a Climbing Wall Instructor visit our CWI webpage HERE!

Thailand’s First Wilderness First Aid Instructor!

Congratulations to our guide Add Kongsingh on becoming Thailand’s first Wilderness First Aid Instructor with the Wilderness Medical Association International!

CMRCA began working with the Wilderness Medical Association International in 2007 when we hosted the first Wilderness Advanced First Aid training course in Thailand. Now, almost ten years later, all of our guides are certified as Wilderness First Responders. Add has gone a step further to bring WMAI to Thailand, by becoming the first Thai instructor! He has followed his passion all the way to Massachusetts in the United States where the instructor training took place this March. From there he will travel all across the country for three months, teaching and gaining experience as a Wilderness First Aid Instructor. Follow Add on the rest of his adventure here!

Interested in getting certified in Wilderness First Aid? Find and book a WFA course!

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Can you tell us a little bit about the course?

I was in a course with 23 other students training to become instructors. We were taught by 5 instructors over the course of 3 days. Taking the course in English was more challenging than I expected because I am not a native speaker.

What is your plan now that you are a first aid instructor?

I will have to study and become more familiar with the curriculum. After becoming certified, each instructor needs to gain experience through teaching First Aid courses with the WMA. Now I will be traveling to North Carolina, Minnesota, Maine.

What are you most excited for?

I’ve never been to the East Coast of America so everywhere on this trip is new to me! I’m excited to build my own path in Wilderness Medicine because this is my passion, and I have enjoyed meeting people who share my same passion.

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CMRCA เริ่มต้นทำงานกับสมาคมการแพทย์ในถิ่นทุรกันดารนานาชาติในปี 2550 ตอนที่เราจัดการสอนปฐมพยาบาลคอรส์ Wilderness Advance First Aid ในครั้งแรกในประเทศไทย ผ่านมา10ปีแล้ว ซึ่งตอนนี้ไกด์ทุกคนของเราได้ผ่านการอบรมหลักสูตร Wilderness First Responder และคุณแอ๊ดได้ก้าวเดินไปอีกขั้นหนึ่งคือการที่จะนำ WMAI มาที่ประเทศไทย โดยได้เป็นครูฝึกคนไทยคนแรก คุณแอ็ดมุ่งหน้าไปยังมลรัฐ แมสซาชูเซตส์ ประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกาตามเป้าหมายของเขาเพื่อไปเรียนหลักสูตรครูฝึกในเดือนมีนาคม โดยเขาจะฝึกประสบการณ์ที่โน่นเป็นเวลา3เดือนโดยสอนคอรส์เพื่อนำประสบการณ์จากที่ได้รับมาพัฒนาโปรแกรมที่ประเทศไทย

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คุณมีแพลนอะไรไหมหลังจากที่เป็นครูฝึกแล้ว?

ผมก็จะเรียนรู้เพิ่มเติมในหลักสูตรและก็จะเดินทางไปทั่ว อเมริกากับ WMAI ซึ่งจะไปที่ รัฐ มินิโซต้า รัฐ นอรท์แครโนไลน่า และ รัฐ เมน

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Let’s Go Climbing Season is Here!

The high season may be over, but that means it’s time for Let’s Go Climbing! It’s the perfect time to get started, now that the crowds are gone and Let’s Go Climbing is back up and running! If you’re looking for a full day of adventure at a more affordable price – look no further. Check out this page for the schedule to see if there’s a program when you’re here!

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Songkran 2016!

CMRCA Bouldering Wall and Adventure Store will be closed from April 11-15 2016 to celebrate Songkran!

The summer heat has officially settled into Chiang Mai as the city is gearing up for it’s annual new year’s Songkran celebration! Songkran is traditionally a religious celebration and many still participate in religious and cultural rituals.  It is still quite typical for young people to receive blessings for the new year from parents or elders which involves the pouring of water on shoulders and heads.  This original tradition has morphed into what could potentially be the world’s biggest water fight, with Chiang Mai at the epicenter.  The festival attracts both Thais and foreigners alike.

We can imagine that most people in Chiang Mai will be participating in the latter, turning the old city into a wet water wonder-wasteland for several days. There is a pretty good chance you will see us out there as well.

The festival has grown during the past decade.  It has led to more people, more traffic and ultimately national decrees banning alcohol consumption during the event.  Over the years we have witnessed all varieties of behavior during the event.  We often see the behavior of tourists and travelers to be detrimental and ultimately being looked at as disrespectful of the festival as a whole.  It is a water fight so people tend to think they can treat it like time at the beach and this is an event that definitely helps in giving Thailand the reputation of a party destination.  Unfortunately this is actually one of the sources of disrespect.  On any given day during the Songkran festival, it is very likely that the only travelers with their shirts off will be foreigners.  Thais will almost always be fully clothed, (yes you might see some tight clothing but they are still clothed).  Last year this culminated in a young English tourist wearing a mankini during the holiday.

We realise that many travellers are uninformed.  Our hope is that by providing some key information about cultural appropriateness, we can help to dissipate some of the negative feelings associated with the holiday.

We encourage all Songkran revelers to “len nam” (literally “play water”) respectfully so that this special celebration will continue to thrive in Chiang Mai! Here are some guidelines as well as a cartoon tutorial to get you started:

Splash nicely – Please don’t be aggressive. Avoid the face (eyes and mouth especially) and give the helpless motorbike drivers a break. Songkran brings about the most traffic fatalities every year and most of them involve splashing water (AND ALCOHOL).

Dress appropriately. Pretend you are grandma at the beach. Please keep your clothes on.  This means shirt and shorts at all times including the guys.

Observe and learn from those around you. Without a doubt they are observing you!

Be safe and have fun!

Cartoon illustrated by our own Arkom Sriyaprom “Kwang” – who also designed all of the wall topo graphics in our new guidebook app!

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Bolt Crazy Horse 2016

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Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures has a bolting Fund and we need your support. We are dedicated to improve and develop climbing areas in Thailand with sustainability in mind. We have a commitment to the environment and to the communities that surround our climbing areas so we do everything we can to limit our impact and give back to the locals.

Our goals for crag development in 2016:

Update the CMRCA Bolting Standards and Curriculum to become a guideline for future crag development in Thailand and to promote throughout the climbing community

  • Train and expand the CMRCA bolting team. Open two new areas at Crazy Horse
  • Expand existing areas like Buddha Buttress, Heart Wall, Roof Top, and Junkyard
  • Develop more multi-pitch terrain at Tamarind Village and Anxiety State Crisis Cave
  • Rebolting – a long term goal of zero expansion bolts at Crazy Horse in the future

If you would like to support our efforts in developing sustainable climbing areas in Thailand you can donate buy purchasing one of our calendars or stickers.Bolt Crazy Horse - Sticker 02 - 2016-01-02

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1 calendar 400 THB minimum

1 Sticker 200 THB minimum

1 Sticker + 1 Calendar = 500 THB minimum

Bolt Crazy Horse Schwag


Thank you for your continued support and commitment to making climbing in Chiang Mai and at Crazy Horse Buttress such a special experience.  We look forward to more adventures with you in the future.
Climb On!
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures

 

Choosing an Adventure Provider

Owner Josh Morris presents some things to think about when choosing your adventure provider.

 

A Risk Management Manual

Each year, millions of travelers arrive in Thailand in search of tantalizing cuisine, exotic culture, and the ultimate adventure experience. Adventure travel offers the opportunity to experience the local Thai landscape through a highly charged, adrenaline-filled, and sometimes life-changing experience. Strong bonds can be formed with guides as they help travelers climb to unimaginable heights, raft through harrowing rapids, dive in underwater wonderlands, and ride through densely forested single track.

A common question from travelers when considering an adventure activity is, “is it safe?” Any business owner (including me) will reply with, “of course it’s safe!” As many travelers are trying climbing, biking or rafting for the first time, they often lack the experience in knowing what is considered standard practice for the activity.

This article offers a simple set of questions to assist travelers in the process of evaluating the service of an adventure provider. We recommend asking these questions of any adventure provider you meet in your travels to learn more about how they think about their business, their people and their clients. If they don’t have answers to your questions, you might think again about using their services.

Travel in Thailand is known by many to be one of the world’s most affordable, comfortable, laid back destinations. Many travelers arrive with that expectation in mind. We all know that Asia is inexpensive and what would be a 5 day holiday in Europe can quickly turn into a month in Asia. However, when that mindset is carried through to the adventure sector, it becomes dangerous to travelers and providers alike. Yes, travel in Thailand is inexpensive. Providing safe adventure-based services that leave a lasting positive impact on the development of a community, however, is not.

I am consistently amazed at how little travelers are willing to pay for services such as rock climbing, caving, white water rafting, mountain biking, zip lining and more, even though these activities involve risk regardless of the country you are in. Many of us would never consider using a substandard service in our home countries, yet when we head out on the road, we suddenly lose that awareness of risk. The relaxed culture that exists in SE Asia certainly doesn’t help to encourage travelers to think about safety. (Think motorcycle rentals and the fact that many renters have never ridden one).

I am regularly asked to justify the pricing of our programs. Each time I speak with interested clients, I think more about the value we are trying to offer, both to the customer and to the career development of our staff, as well as our impact on community and the environment. We looked at a number of categories which all contribute to the overall service we deliver and which help us determine the way we price our service.

Risk Management and Safety Training

There is no way around it: adventure sports have risk. That risk is totally manageable, however. Above all,t requires a significant investment in the people and the systems involved in the activity. When addressing risk management with an adventure provider, first and foremost, ask about their insurance policy. There are a number of insurance policies available in Thailand, but they don’t all cover adventure activities and many of them have little available for a claim in the event of an accident. Ask the operator about their first aid certifications and be sure that the certification is from a reputable place. A hospital based CPR class is not the same as having Wilderness First Aid training (most adventure activities are in the wilderness). What are the risk management systems in place? Are there emergency evacuation plans? Are there regular first aid and safety trainings for the team? What are the organization’s policies for managing risk?

Employee Compensation

How are the employees paid for the services they provide? Do they get a salary or do they receive a fee for the guiding? Ask yourself based on the price of the service, how much could possibly be going to the staff? I think we all agree that if people aren’t being compensated fairly, they will likely be less focused on providing outstanding service with attention to safety.

How many days per week do the guides work on the activity? If they are out there every day, then it is unlikely they will be rested enough to make difficult decisions and manage risk safely. Be sure that the guides are given ample time off and look healthy and rested.

Opportunities for Professional Training and Development of Staff

It’s not enough just to pay staff well. Opportunity for professional development is crucial in giving people the skills they need to do their job. This includes opportunities for advanced training both in country and abroad. Are the staff eligible to travel to other countries for training? Does the organization bring experts in to deliver advanced training? Are the staff working every day of the week or does the company provide regular team and individual trainings? Is there a clear trajectory for employees to develop their career?

Quality of and Frequency of Replacement Equipment

Adventure activities require specialized equipment which is often difficult to source. We depend on that equipment to participate in the activity safely and it is important that attention and respect is given to the equipment. How is it stored? How often is it replaced? Where was it purchased? How often is it used? Be sure your provider can answer these questions without missing a beat. Don’t settle for, “we only use internationally standard brands.” Ask them when they last purchased equipment? Where is the equipment manufactured?

Commitment to the Environment

The Leave No Trace ethic should be engrained in any avid adventurer. Keeping the places that we play in and experience clean will ensure that we have access to them for many years in the future. Ask your operator about their approach to environmental sustainability. How do they package food and water? What kinds of cars and transport do they use? Do they have an environmental policy? What do the staff know about Leave No Trace ethics?

Development of the Resource

What is their commitment to the area where they provide adventures? Do they actively engage in developing the surrounding community? How about maintaining the resource itself? Are there crag or river clean up days? Are they supportive of an active community that is committed to developing the area?

Quality of Services

It’s not all just an adventure. It’s also important to provide excellent customer service. What is the quality of the food? How about the transport? How are the guides dressed? Is attention given to cleanliness? What is the booking process like? Do the staff follow up? Do the reservations staff know what they are talking about? Have they ever done the activity? Look for an efficient, professional booking process and evidence of good accounting.

Do They Love What They Do?

Do your guides enjoy the activity they are teaching you? Do they do the activity in their free time, or is it just a job? Do they live an active and healthy lifestyle? Do they know what other adventurers are doing in their field?

QUESTIONS TO ASK AN ADVENTURE PROVIDER

Risk Management

  • What is your company’s insurance policy, and why did you choose that one?
  • What level first aid certification do the staff members have? How frequent are your safety and first aid trainings?
  • How do you deal with an emergency? Are there emergency evacuation plans, accident reports, risk management systems in place?

Employee Compensation

  • Are your employees paid by salary or by guide fees? How much do they make?
  • What opportunities for professional development does the company provide?
  • Do the employees get time off?

Equipment Quality & Replacement

  • How frequently do you purchase new equipment? When is equipment retired?
  • Who makes your gear?
  • Where is it made?
  • What is your system for equipment maintenance and storage?

Environmental Responsibility

  • What is your company’s impact on the environment?
  • What actions is your company is taking to manage your waste production and energy use?
  • Are the staff aware of environmental ethics such as LNT?

Development of the Resource

  • How is your company involved with the local community? What contributions do you make?
  • What is your company’s relationship with the natural area where you work? Do you pay to use it? Do you clean it up?
  • What actions are you taking to develop, manage, and/or protect the area?
  • Do you educate your clients about the resource and provide opportunities for them to get involved?

Service

  • What types of vehicles and facilities does the company use? How are they maintained?
  • What food will be provided on the trip and where does it come from?
  • Have the reservations and sales staff ever done the activity?
  • What are my options to pay for the services?
  • and finally: Do You ♥Love♥ What You Do?

If you would like to know how CMRCA answers these important questions, please feel free to contact us and ask any of our staff for their perspective.

Happy New Year from CMRCA!

Dear CMRCA Community,

On 31 July of this year, I stood on the summit of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was one of the most beautiful days of the year with crystal clear weather and a bright blue sky that seemed to go on forever. I was standing on top of the summit with four other CMRCA family members. My lovely wife Kat, Guide / Facilitator Surachet (Add) Kongsingh, former staff member Somjai (Pui) Miller and friend and CMRCA jack-of-all-trades, Brendan (Ben) Carroll. Not only that but we happened to bump into the Founder of Black Diamond Equipment, Peter Metcalf and another climber who recognized us and shouted,

“hey! I bought these climbing shoes from you in Chiang Mai!  I climbed at Crazy Horse this winter and it was awesome!”

Ben and I had just climbed ahead of what was probably the first all Thai ascent of the Upper Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton, one of America’s classic routes. Add had just finished a 3 month internship in the US that included a WEMT certification with WMA and a guiding internship in Boulder, Colorado with the Colorado Mountain School. Now he was putting his guiding techniques to use guiding Kat and Pui up the route.

I took a moment to think about the experience. In 2004, we decided that we wanted to create a program that would help lift the standard of climbing in Asia by exposing our guides to climbing outside of their home crag. Though it took 9 years to get the program off the ground, Add was now the third participant in the program and had helped the program grow to new heights. For me, this was the perfect way to sum up our progression as an organization and our our efforts to inspire an outdoor lifestyle that motivates people to live more sustainably.

The dictionary defines the word Progression as, “a steady movement to a more advanced state or place.” Standing on top of the Tetons laid the foundation for the metaphor of progression within our own organization.

It’s been an exciting year and we have accomplished a lot. We began last year with an initiative to Bolt Heart Wall and with your support have been able to add 16 new lines to Heart Wall. In February we opened a warehouse to meet the growing needs of outdoor gear in Thailand. In April, we went back to Pha Daeng Cave in Northern Thailand and finished rigging to the end of the cave while also aiding up a blank wall at the end of the cave. It was a great opportunity to revisit a cave that has been in our minds for a long time and continue to explore and look for new possibilities of an exit in the enormous system. We took a team of guides to the US to spend some time climbing on the beautiful sandstone towers of Moab and get certified to provide climbing wall instructor certifications in Asia. We upgraded our staff to WFR certification while also offering a WFA course to the public to help create a better trained adventure community.

We were able to send Add to the USA and also Thai National Team Athlete Puntarika Tunyavanich (Nong Mean) to compete at the famous Psicocomp in Salt Lake City, Utah. In October we hosted professional climbing coach Obe Carrion in Bangkok and Chiang Mai to share his experience with the climbing community and help inspire the climbing community. Last month we finished an advanced guide training with IFMGA guide Joseph Thompson as part of our exchange with the Colorado Mountain School. We have had trainings with team building gurus Tim Walther and Jim Cain, and we have welcomed a number of new people to our family to help us continue to deliver adventure programs and equipment to our community and partners.

2016 is looking even better and there are some exciting things coming your way including an iPhone app for Climbing in Northern Thailand, new crag development, the Reel Rock Tour, continuing the launch of Progression Leadership, hosting over 800 students on our student programs, and other projects in our organization that we think you will be psyched to hear about. None of this could be done without the commitment and dedication of our team and your incredible support.

As you look ahead to 2016, we wish you a happy and healthy new year. We hope it’s a year in which you can stand on top of mountains and look back at where you have come from and all the hard work and effort it took to get there. Thank you for being part of our journey and we look forward to the adventure ahead with you.
Climb On!
Josh Morris

 

01 - The Team with Metcalf

CMRCA Crew with Peter Metcalf (Founder, Black Diamond Equipment) on the Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, WY.

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Add, Pui, Kat on the Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, WY.

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Pha Daeng Caving Expedition 2015 in Northern Thailand.

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Gee rappelling into Pha Daeng Cave in Northern Thailand.

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Taw, Josh, Mario, Add and Alan on climbing trip in Moab, Utah.

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Can’t get enough desert towers!  Moab, Utah

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Puntarika Tunyavanich (Nong Mean) competing at the Psicocomp in Salt Lake City, UT.

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North Face Athlete, Emily Harrington, and Puntarika Tunyavanich (Nong Mean) competing at the Psicocomp in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Former pro climber and Mad Rock Designer, Obe Carrion, setting routes with CMRCA guide team in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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The force is strong! CMRCA family movie night to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A Guide to Climbing in Northern Thailand Goes Digital

Have you ever been at the crag, opened your guidebook and scanned the wall to figure out what that beautiful line is only to find it isn’t in the guidebook?  We experience that all the time.  Even today, with the more than 25 new routes in the past year, our guidebook is not 100% current.  It’s the challenge of keeping a guidebook current while there is continued development at the crag.  It’s a constant challenged deciding how many books to print, what quality, and how to balance new development with updating information. Inevitably we end up with too many old copies, wasting paper creating more trash.

January 2016 marks an end to that with the release of the Guide to Rock Climbing in Northern Thailand iPhone App. Now your guidebook fits in the palm of your hand and contains the most up to date information.  As soon as a new area is updated or a new route is developed, the app updates and you get the most current information including any new routes or other new information.

The app includes everything you need to experience climbing in Northern Thailand including:

  • Detailed topos and route info
  • Crag overview with access and approach information
  • 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 to Crazy Horse Buttress
  • Emergency and hospital information
  • Detailed information on the Mae On Valley including restaurants, lodging and adventures
  • Key beta on other climbing areas in Thailand including Krabi, Bangkok, Sikhiu and Khon Kaen

We are just finishing the final touches of our beta testing and version 1.0 will launch in early 2016. We have included 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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16 New Routes at Heart Wall

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

CMRCA is always looking to develop our favorite crag and 2015 was the year for Heart Wall. At REEL ROCK 9 in January 2015, we launched the Bolt Heart Wall campaign to raise funds to develop new routes on the left side of Heart Wall. Our community came together and raised over THB 70,000 to support the effort. The Left Ventricle is now beating with 16 new routes graded from 5c to 6c.
Bolt Heart Wall 2015 from CMRCA on Vimeo.

At Crag Clean-Up Day 2015, we came together to build a new trail for easier access to the Left Ventricle and all of Heart Wall.  Access to Heart Wall is now shorter and easier. Thanks to everyone that supported the Bolt Heart Wall campaign both financially and bolting with us throughout the year.

Along with Heart Wall, we continued to re-bolt routes, replace anchors, and set new routes at old crags and potential new areas.

Our goals for crag development in 2016:

  • Update the CMRCA Bolting Standards and Curriculum to become a guideline for future crag development in Thailand and to promote throughout the climbing community.
  • Train and expand the CMRCA bolting team.
  • Open two new areas at Crazy Horse.
  • Expand existing areas like Buddha Buttress, Heart Wall, Roof Top, and Junkyard.
  • Develop more multi-pitch terrain at Tamarind Village and Anxiety State Crisis Cave.
  • Rebolting – a long term goal of zero expansion bolts at Crazy Horse in the future.

We are passionate about increasing accessibility and opportunities for climbing at Crazy Horse Buttress. Let us know what you would like to see and any feedback you have by emailing bolting@thailandclimbing.com.

 

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Setting New Standards in 2015

The last 12 months have been highlighted with incredible progress in our climbing and outdoor staff certifications. Along with certifying our staff, we have also opened our trainings to the public. Check out the Get Certified section of the website to read about opportunities for development.

AMGA Single-Pitch and Advanced Trainings

amga_logo10 This November was busier than ever.  We brought back American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) instructor and IFMGA Guide, Joey Thompson, to certify some of our newer climbing guides and to teach advanced guiding techniques to our senior staff.

Moving outside of single pitch terrain our guides learned advanced techniques that open the door for higher ratio guiding in single pitch and multi pitch terrain.  Now our guides are equipped with tools that enable them to manage more clients in a single day while maintaining a high standard of quality and safety for clients.  This opens up new opportunities for clients to go multi-pitch climbing with more people and to get more out of a single day.

The AMGA continues to shape and set the standards of guiding at CMRCA and we hope to assist in developing standards throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia.  We are excited to see what the future will bring for our guides.  Many of them have started training for the next level of AMGA certifications in the disciplines of guiding in rock and alpine terrain.

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness-Medical-Associates-logoCMRCA Guide, Add Kongsingh, travelled to the U.S. in the spring as part of our annual guide exchange program.  This year in addition to the guide exchange, he was able to participate in a Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course in Michigan. Add has his WEMT certification and is passionate about continuing his development in the field and increasing accessibility of wilderness medicine education in Thailand. Add has played a critical role in helping us open Wilderness First Aid courses to other providers and outdoor enthusiasts by working with WMA instructors and simultaneously translating the courses into Thai.

In August 2015, the full guide and program facilitation team participated in a WMA Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course with Simon Dilks. The whole group passed the course and it marks a new standard for senior and assistant program staff at CMRCA. WFR is the industry standard for outdoor guiding globally.

Climbing Wall Association

CWA MasterVertLogo_Small159pxJosh, Taw, Add, Mario and Alan traveled in May to the U.S. to join the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) Summit in Boulder, Colorado. The group participated in the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) Provider Course. CMRCA is now a provider for indoor CWI (top rope and lead) courses and has begun to facilitate courses throughout Thailand, including with our partners at Rock Domain, Urban Playground, and Prem Center.

During the trip, the team made a side journey to world famous Moab to climb some desert towers and cracks on the world famous sandstone.  It represented another milestone for us in promoting a healthy lifestyle rooted in adventure.  We are looking forward to many more climbing adventures in the coming year.

CMRCA is offering CWI Trainings throughout the year in Chiang Mai and is available for private courses throughout Southeast Asia. Check out the Get Certified section of our website for upcoming course dates.

 

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IFMGA Guide and our AMGA Instructor, Joey Thompson

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AMGA SPI Course 2015 – Joey Thompson and Add Kongsingh

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AMGA SPI Course 2015 – Ethan Berman, Joey Thompson and M Waters.

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CWA Course at Urban Playground (Bangkok) – CMRCA and CWA Instructor, Taw Uppakham.

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CWA Course at Urban Playground (Bangkok) – CMRCA and CWA Instructors, Taw Uppakham and Alan Avedovech. 

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The crew in Moab – Taw Uppakham, Alan Avedovech, Mario Wild, Josh Morris and Add Kongsingh.

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Add Kongsingh in Moab, Utah.

 

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