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Culture and Combustion at the Mae On Rocket Festival

You haven’t really experienced northern Thailand until you’ve participated in a local festival — and once you’ve seen one, we won’t be surprised if you stick around to see them all.  This Thursday, May 27, CMRCA will explode onto the local festival scene with a special afternoon trip to Bang Fai, the annual Rocket Festival, in Mae On.  We have no doubt that the town next to Crazy Horse Buttress will put on an awesome show!

CMRCA has been invited to enter the Rocket Competition, which is the centerpiece of this amazing holiday.  We are inviting all members of our community to come and help us demolish the competition and enjoy an incredible evening of local culture, mouth-watering food, and exploding rockets.  Could it get any better?

If you are interested, please contact us and sign up by 19.00 on Wednesday, May 26.  If we have enough people we can provide transportation to Mae On in the afternoon.  Special climbing courses will be offered on this day: climbing in the morning, and the Rocket Festival in the afternoon, and evening.

Hope you can join us for this terrific Chiang Mai event.  Start hoarding gunpowder!

Celebrate Visakha Bucha Day with a Hike to Doi Suthep!


In Chiang Mai, you see it every day: Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a golden temple glinting from its perch in the rolling jungle hills that rise west of the city.  Once a year, on Visakha Bucha Day (also known as Buddha’s birthday), the people of Chiang Mai follow their gaze and walk to the famous mountain temple, gaining merit and good luck.

This 13 kilometer hike is best done with friends!  CMRCA is inviting all members of our community to join us on Friday, May 28 on the annual walk to Wat Doi Suthep.  Meet us in Huay Gaeow Fitness Park at 18.30 – just look for the big C Cubed Banner.  Don’t forget to wear your CMRCA or C Cubed t-shirt!

For more information, please call +66 (0) 53 207 102 or email

CMRCA Completes Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Decreasing AVPU? MOI spine? No worries! CMRCA knows what to do when RICE is not enough.

In August 2009 our staff completed a 40-hour course in Wilderness Advanced First Aid. CMRCA requires all of our staff to be trained in basic first aid and CPR. We work with international organizations such as Wilderness Medical Associates to bring instructors to Thailand. Our goal is to provide advanced first aid courses like WAFA every two years. These are essential skills for all outdoorspeople! We are committed to upholding international safety standards wherever we climb, guide, travel, and explore throughout the world.

Check out this long-awaited movie of the classroom sessions, simulations, and C-collar dance parties that made this such a powerful experience. Wilderness medicine was never so much fun!

Bouldering Comp in Bangkok May 22-23

Hey climbers!  Sharpen your competitive edge and come join CMRCA at the 7th Annual Thailand Bouldering Competition at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok next weekend!

If you’re in Chiang Mai, it’s worth the trek to Bangkok, and if you’re in Bangkok, there’s no excuse: 1st prize in both Men and Women’s Open divisions wins 10,000 Baht!  The incentives go all the way down to 5th prize, at 2,000 Baht.  More importantly, this is a great chance to try out some sweet boulder problems, pick up hugely discounted gear, and cheer on your friends.

The Bouldering Competition is only one feature of the expositions and trade shows that will fill Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from May 20 until May 23.  CMRCA will have two booths right next to the bouldering wall (Booth P80/P83 and Booth C173), so make sure you stop by to hang out and get your share of special packages, daily giveaways, and up to 50% discounts on equipment, courses, and adventure programming!

You can register for the competition on the day of the event for 500 Baht, or register online before Saturday May 15 for 350 Baht.  More information on times, prizes, and registration can be found at the Thailand Travel & Dive Expo website.

See you at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center MRT (A):

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Get Ready for a Lifetime of Adventure!

rock_gear_flyerCMRCA will be offering the best deals and discounts of the year at the Thailand Travel & Dive Expo and Wonderful Thailand 2010, May 20 – 23 in Bangkok.  There is no better time to get outfitted for a lifetime of adventure!

Come visit Pui, Josh and Kat at Booth P80/P83 (next to the bouldering wall) and get giveaways, special packages, and up to 50% discounts on the best equipment equipment out there!

Visit Phi, White, and Denali at Booth C173 in Wonderful Thailand and get 25% off on all adventure programming and courses, including 2-5 day adventure packages!  If you are interested in our outdoor adventure group programs or team building services, this booth is the place to come.

The 7th Annual Thailand Bouldering Competition will be held Saturday May 22 – Sunday May 23 at the event… so come early to hang out at our booths and buy a new chalk bag, and then tear it up all weekend at the comp!  More information on competition times, prizes, and registration can be found at the Thailand Travel & Dive Expo website.


Waste Reduction in Action!

Motivated by the huge amount of trash we produced at last month’s staff meeting, we set a goal of reducing our lunch waste to zero.  This month we took some big steps in the right direction.

Help our climbing community reduce plastic and general waste!  Here are a few simple things that you can do to mitigate Thailand’s trash problem and set a powerful example:

  • For just 150 Baht, buy a bin-toh and take it to the market with you for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  Salespeople will be happy to fill the boxes up with the right amount of food — just make sure you catch them before they start filling plastic bags.
  • Carry a canvas bag and collect your stuff with the minimum amount of trash attached.  Bags designed for just this purpose will be available at CMRCA by the end of this week, for only 45 Baht!
  • When possible, eat at a restaurant on reusable dishes.  Even most street-side noodle stands have a place for you to sit down– and taking 10 minutes to eat there can mean up to 6 fewer plastic bags and rubber bands thrown away per person.
  • Discuss the trash situation in Thailand with others, and encourage them to minimize their use of plastic bags, rubber bands, and styrofoam boxes when shopping and buying food.
  • Think of simple ways to adjust your lifestyle to use less trash, and share your ideas by emailing

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We’re starting with the (wo)man in the mirror, OH YEAH!

Movie Night THIS SATURDAY – Josh Lowell’s Progression!


From the creators of the Dosage series and King Lines…

The climbing world can’t get enough of Josh Lowell’s new movie! Come get INSPIRED by incredible footage of the world’s best climbers redefining what is possible!! Don’t miss this amazing film!

What people are saying: “”PROGRESSION is about the bleeding edge, where humans seem to transcend their earthly condition… When you approach the limits in climbing, wild things start to happen – this movie captures those things over and over again.”
-Justin Roth, Climbing Magazine


Watch the trailer here

Official website

See you on Saturday night! Climb On!

New Video! Climbing Club Tests a New Route at Heart Wall

Low tourist season means more time to go bolting… Chiang Mai Climbing Club members Mario, Colin, Josh, Kat, Pui, and Steve trekked up to Heart Wall to try out one of the beautiful brand-new routes on this soaring, golden limestone cliff (featured in Climbing Magazine in March 2010).  Sustained, pumpy, and incredibly fun, Dee Jai ti dai Geud (“It’s Great to Be Alive”) is rated 6b+ and bolted with marine-grade stainless steel glue-in hardware, according to Crazy Horse’s acclaimed bolting standard.

Get yourself to Chiang Mai and join in the fun!  The climbing’s getting better every day!

Making a Splash at Krabi Rock and Fire Competition

CMRCA senior instructor Phairat Kaewkan (Muad) represented CMRCA at the Rock and Fire International deep water soloing competition in Krabi.  He finished 5th out of 32 strong climbers from all over the world.  Competitors were graded on how quickly they could reach the banner 20 meters above the water – though some didn’t even make it that far!  Nice climb Muad, we are proud of you.

Dead Robber Waterfall Caving Video!

Earlier this month, CMRCA and the Chiang Mai Caving Club teamed up for a weekend underground in the massive, mysterious, rarely visited caves of Doi Angkhang.  The cavers returned to Dead Robber Waterfall Cave to explore a passage a CMRCA team had discovered in October 2009 – watch the sweet video of that expedition!  After pushing Dead Robber Waterfall Cave as far as they could, the team spent a day in the depths of Angkhang Sink Hole, an underground slot canyon full of stunning rock formations and weird troglomorphic widlife.

Check out this video of what we found deep below the mountains of rural northern Thailand!


More stories and pictures from the trip can be found in last week’s blog post.


Excited about caving?  With one month left of dry season, now is the perfect time to explore the amazing cave systems just outside Chiang Mai.  Sign up for a caving course with CMRCA today!

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