From Gym to Rock
At A Glance...
|Includes||Instruction, round-trip transportation from CMRCA to Crazy Horse Buttress, equipment, lunch, water, insurance, coupon for 20% off anything at the CMRCA adventure store, one day bouldering gym pass, and discount on additional courses.|
|What to bring||Sports shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move in!|
|Cost||5295 THB per person|
|Available On||By Appointment|
(subject to change)
Do you climb regularly in your local gym but have yet to venture outdoors? Do you know a lot more about foot placement or conditioning than about knots or anchors? We can help you make the transition from gym to rock. As new gyms are being built across the globe, indoor climbing is an increasingly popular component to many people’s fitness routines. Here at CMRCA, we love artificial walls (we have one of our own!) because they allow you to design a workout, focus on technique, and (maybe most importantly) they make climbing convenient and accessible.
However, climbing outdoors presents new challenges, opportunities, and skills – things that are totally unrelated to sending hard routes in your local gym. Climbing safely outdoors requires an intimate understanding of the entire belay system, a strong background in knots, and an awareness of a few extra hazards, in addition to new techniques, such as finding holds, scouting a route, and figuring out where to rest.
We want to make sure that you have the most productive, interesting, and fun course possible as you make your transition to being an outdoor climber. Just because you’ve never been outdoors does not mean that you must take the Introduction to Rock Climbing course, and just because you lead climb indoors does not necessarily mean you’re ready to do technical leading outdoors. Please briefly consider some of the questions below and contact our staff so that we can help place you in the course that is right for you!
Can you tie yourself in using a Figure-8? Can you belay using an ATC or similar device? Do you feel comfortable climbing indoors with only someone less experienced than you? How much do you know about climbing technique (drop-knee, counter pressure, footwork)? Do you know how to thread an anchor? Do you understand redundancy and how it is achieved in climbing systems? Have you ever rappelled/abseiled? Have you done any sport lead climbing? Should the bent- or straight-gate side of a quickdraw be clipped into the bolt? Do you know what Fall Factor is? Can you toe-hook, gaston, and mantle?
Regardless of your ability, our instructors will be flexible and receptive to your goals and abilities. No matter which course you choose, we will make sure that you learn a lot, try some new things, and have something to tell all of your gym buddies about!
TestimonialsHear from our past adventurers
Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience
I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!
CMRCA is the best!
I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!
Safe, professional and fun
Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.
Intro to Caving was great!
My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!
“fun adventure, great company”
My caving trip with CMRCA was the best thing I did in Chiang Mai! The trip was well- organized, and allows you to see some incredible sights deep in the earth. Cannot say enough about the staff; the trip is led warm, knowledgable and safety oriented instructors who are passionate about the sport. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially those who concerned with spending their money with companies who are socially and environmentally responsible- as this is a far departure from your regular tourist operation. Definitely worth checking out!!