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Learning, Skiing, Ice Climbing, Scrapping Ice off Windshields: Phi’s trip to the U.S.

Earlier in March, I had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. to for the NCCPS conference in Boulder, Colorado. It was definitely like a dream come true. The conference combined two things that I am passionate about, which are experiential education and meeting new people. I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity. To me, this experience is all about progression both personally and professionally.

When an opportunity like this one comes knocking at your door, it’s important to answer it with open arms and grab it. That’s my philosophy on progression.

Phi at Arches National Park
Phi at Arches National Park

Although this was a business trip, it is hard to see it as work but rather an adventure and life experience. I got to meet so many wonderful people and make new friends who share the common interest in experiential education. I felt the energy that all of these people brought to the conference, and I could feel their passion and eagerness to go out in the field and change people’s lives. It is hard to truly communicate how this trip has made me feel but absolute joy and optimism for the future.

Another great thing about this trip was that I got to see how people in the U.S. live their lives and how their culture is different from Thai culture. The U.S. is such a diverse and dynamic place and I was so fascinated by all the different cultures and places I got to see. It reminds me about the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and experience new things. On this trip, I also got to try ice climbing, skiing and scrapping ice off windshields. Two of the three things were incredibly fun.

This trip was certainly one of the best experiences and I will never forget it. I have learned and gained so much and cannot wait to apply new knowledge into my courses.
Open your mind. Do what you love. Put your passion into it. Get yourself outside to see the world. “It is a great day to be alive.”

NCCPS conference
NCCPS conference

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Top’s Ordainment

Congratulations to Top, our CMRCA Adventure Store staff member (and star equipment model) for his 8 day ordainment as a monk!

Thai’s believe that when you turn 25 years old, you enter your “half live”. To avoid and prevent any bad luck or misfortune, a man must become a monk for a short period of time. Top’s ordainment happens to fall during Songkran, the traditional Thai new year’s celebration, making it an even more special occasion.

We wish him the best as he begins this new chapter!

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CMRCA Facilitator Training

CMRCA shutdown the shop and wall for the day to run a full staff training.  We have a busy schedule of outdoor adventure and experiential education programs on the horizon and it was the perfect opportunity to practice our facilitation skills and come together as a family.

At CMRCA we believe in learning through experience.  All staff participated in each activity and then sat down to review the facilitator toolkit, debrief and discuss how these tools, models and activities fit into the context of student team building and leadership development experiences.  It was an amazing day and we’re feeling energized and excited for upcoming programs and launching into the New Year.

Check out photos from the training below.

Climb ON!

CMRCA Completes Wilderness Advanced First Aid

The CMRCA team hung up the climbing ropes and picked up the books last week to take part in a 6- Day WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. Simon Dilks, a WMA Instructor and General Manager of Insight Adventures flew to Chiang Mai from Yangshuo, China. His years of experience in the outdoor and medical industries have made him an invaluable resource for the SE Asian outdoor industry over the years.
Many things can happen at the crag, everything from mosquito bites to spinal injuries.This medical training was designed for professionals working in remote and challenging environments. What happens if you can’t call an ambulance or you are more than 2 hours from a hospital? Managing medical emergencies in the backcountry is quite different in scope from those in urban settings. There is an old saying in the guide industry that goes something like this “Proper planning prevents piss poor performance.” Our commitment to seeking growth and development of our staff ensures that we are ready for all back country emergency situations.  In an ideal world we would never have to use these medical skills, however climbing and caving are inherently dangerous and we need to be prepared to handle any emergency.
The highlight of the training was a medical scenario day at Crazy Horse. All of the scenarios involved multiple people with injuries of varying degree. Check out pictures from the 6-day training below!
Climb ON!

CMRCA Hosts Wilderness First Aid Course

This weekend, CMRCA is hosting a WMA Wilderness First Aid course in Chiang Mai.  The group is a great mix of local climbers, experiential education partners and new  friends that travelled from as far away as Kuching, Malaysia.

Certification courses for wilderness first aid and CPR are few and far between here in SE Asia. While we are busy preparing for our own Wilderness Advanced First Aid course next week, we wanted to take this opportunity while an instructor was in town to offer a course to the greater community.  We are committed to the professional development of our own staff, but in the event of an emergency, the reality is that local climbers and adventurers are more likely to be the first responders.  Providing opportunities for training is an important part of developing a safe and sustainable crag!

Stay tuned for more community-based training and development opportunities!

Climb ON!

Staff Prep for WAFA Course

In late August, the CMRCA staff will be taking a 5-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course with Wilderness Medical Associates International.  Leading up to the course, staff have been meeting to translate course materials and review concepts through both discussion and scenarios.

As described on CMRCA’s Core Values page, working at CMRCA is a progression.  We invest a lot of time, energy and resources to ensure that staff are developing new skills and challenging themselves on a daily basis.  Seeking growth and development both personally and professionally is one of the values that defines us as a company.  We take these trainings seriously, but always have a fun time getting together as a family.  Check out some pictures from one of our first aid scenario meetings below.

We are offering a 3-day Wilderness First Aid course for C3 Members and the greater Chiang Mai community 17-19 August, 2012.  This a great opportunity to join us and develop your own skills in responding to emergencies.  Check out the eventbrite page for more information and to register.

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WMA Wilderness First Aid Course

CMRCA  is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates International

 

Program Dates:  August 17th – 19th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Program Location: Doi Suthep Nature Study Center Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew Road,Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50002

Price: ?7995 

Prerequisites:  Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

 

Space is limited.  Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot: 

 

Eventbrite - WMA Wilderness First Aid Course

 

Given our location in South East Asia it is extremely difficult to obtain this certification without traveling to Europe or the Untied States. We are fortunate to have the opportunity here in Chiang Mai for such training.

This 3-day course is the most thorough and relevant first- aid training for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone spending time in the backcountry.  Please note, the course will be taught in English, but will be facilitated at a slower rate for Native Thai speakers.

The course will cover a wide range of topics including:  Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine

After successfully completing the WFA course participants will be certified internationally  in both Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for 3 years.

 

 

China Guide Exchange Program – Ooan Part 2

At CMRCA, two of our core values are Live Adventure and Love What We Do. 
So i have been living in China for about 5 weeks with the exchange program between Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventure and Insight Adventures. This experience has really exceeded my expectation. I have learned a lot from my first time outside of Thailand. Yangshou is a wonderful place to climb with an amazing landscape. There are a lot of karst mountains around the town. Its SICK!!!!!! For the last five weeks here, I dove into the Chinese culture and made a lot of new friends. People here were so nice and helpful, I really appreciated it. I also really enjoyed trying many different dishes like Won Ton( soup) Sao lon pao( chinese bun) BBQ, and any other things. Yummy!!! 
As I mentioned before, I came here with a goal to send 7c/+. I had opportunities to go climbing and tried certain projects before I leave. So I onsighted Name 6b+, Big Plane 6c, and Chuck If You Want To 7a and redpointed Ta Ma Da 6c, The Wiggle 7b/+ second attempted.  It been a great learning about climbing for  me. Even if I could not make it happened this time…I already plan my next return here one day. 
My bag is packed and I am ready for my visit to Black Diamond in Zhuhi soon. Big Thanks for the Insight Adventure crew for having me there. Xia Xia!!!
Cheers!

ROCKSTAR (Suradet “Ooan” Kongsingh)

 

 

Rescue & First Aid Training

Yesterday the CMRCA crew took a day off guiding to focus on the professional development of staff and safety at the crag.  We’re committed to sticking to the highest standards of safety and service

China Guide Exchange Program – Ooan Part 1

It was the First time I travel outside of Thailand. I kind of nervous a little bit and excited at the same time. So i landed in Guilin and I looked from out side of the plane and I can all ready smell Chinese breath. Here look! I made it to China(I told myself).  Andrew and Add came to pick us up at the Airport and we took the bus to Yangshuo. First thing that caught my eyes was that there were no English sign in the bus and most of the place around. My Adventure has begun!

First day of my climbing trip here. We went climbing at White Mountain. This place is incredible and HUGE!!!!! We started warmup on “The Stone Dog 6a+” and I flashed ” Face Route 6b+” after I was trying my first project here “Stick Devil 7a+/b” twice but I failed…. We decided to return again the next day and after warmup I sent this route on my first goal this second day. Then I saw Add tried the route” Lucky Zone7b+” I gave my self a shot on the route and I fell over again and again at the crux. The first crux begin with two pockets fingers and small crimp for the left hand andthan bump up left hand again to the small side pull. From there i have a very long reach move for the right hand to a small crimp then i can have a little time to rest. The second crux is the big throw to the sloppy pinch. I was so closed to send it and we ran out of time. But I rig my way to the top. Eventually I sent it in a couple days after. Then we have been climbing to other famous crag around here like The Egg, Moon hill and Banyan Tree. I onsighted ” The Duck 6c, redpointed ” The New Decade 7a+/b” on second attempted, redpointed” Open Team 6C” second attempted, redpointed ” Apollo7a+” second attempted.

I have been living in Yangshuo almost two weeks now. It has been awesome so far. And I will stay here eat local food and learn Chinese language for another 4 weeks. I love this life that gives me the opportunity to travel and learn new things everyday. Thanks for reading.

To be continued…

Cheers,

ROCKSTAR (Suradet “Ooan” Kongsingh)

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