Batu Kurau has recently seen development in 2016 with bolting efforts by the local climbing community lead by Abang Yen and equipment and gear support from Camp5, Verticale, Bolder Ventures, Riverfront Chalet, Akmal Noor, Chaer, Pak Ngah, Pak Non, Najib Tahir, Persatuan Mendaki Malaysia, Persatuan Mendaki Taiping and the Malaysian Bolting Fund.
So as we all know Patrick and the team behind the Malaysian Bolting Fund has been doing great work developing Takun in the past couple of years and it has steadily grown into an amazing spot for climbing. Today they get a two page spread in the star! (and we get a mention :D)
If you still havent heard of them, or heard of them but dont quite know what in the world it is… the Malaysian Bolting Fund (We’ll call them the MBF) is a small organisation dedicated to maintaining and developing crags around Malaysia. We see the potential for Malaysian outdoor climbing being brought up over and over again but potential counts for nothing if it isn’t realized.
Thats what the MBF is here to do, to put in the time, effort and organiziing the financials to maintain and develop the crags around Malaysia…. and YOUR help is always appreciated, whether in kind of money/time/effort. Keep in mind the work that goes in to this will ensure not only the safety of you and the climbers around you but getting new crags also means more fun! more adventures! and places to explore! 🙂
On September 14th 2013, Chris Sharma, King of the Kinglines, God of Rock and explorer of The Impossible, will be making his first ever visit to Malaysia to showcase his Signature Slideshow, demonstrate his vertical prowess on Camp5's Prowall and party all night to UK DJ and visual collective Prymedia.
If you wish to join this party check out Camp5's facebook page or the related event at https://www.facebook.com/events/453439591430220/
I’ve inserted some info for the crags in Tioman from the minimal info I’ve gathered based on my last short trip there. Anyone is welcome to insert/update the info on these or any other crags out there.
So the cleanup happened as scheduled last Sunday on the 20th with an amazing bunch of volunteers from the local climbing community. The cleanup was a wonderful initiative by our dear friends Bird, Lartz, Azlishah and Mr Stoned towards reclaiming and maintaining one of the oldest climbing areas in Malaysia, Nanyang and Roadshow Wall.
The event was well attended by over 30 people. Lemme see if i can get the full list out:
There was lots to take care of including removing overgrown weeds and vines, putting all the extra wood and construction material aside as well as all the litter that has been left behind by people over the years.
We also had to do A LOT of negotiations with the old indian uncle that lives there regarding what we could throw away and what he really wanted to keep. We had to do abit of compromising in the end and leave some of his stuff around.
We also did a fair bit of gardening up on Roadshow Wall, all thats still needed is a proper re-bolting initiative to replace all the rusty bolts and worn-out anchors. Also a little bit more of rubbish clearing around the area.
The wonderful volunteers and organisers even prepared food and drinks for everyone!!
We put up some “Do Not Throw Rubbish Here” signs in hopes that that people who come here (climbers included) will at least notice the sign and remember to bring their rubbish out with them.
All in all it was a great day and an awesome effort by all the volunteers to keep our crags clean and to discourage littering and other such bad habits us Malaysians tend to have.
Thought this deserved a little bit more promotion. Just in case none of you know whats going on, the awesome Ahmad Sunday and gang have organized for a much needed clean up session for Nanyang and Roadshow Wall in Batu Caves, one of the oldest crags we have here in Malaysia.
This is happening on the 20th off January, thats the Sunday in two weeks time, starting from 9 in the morning. For more info and to check up on the event drop by the Facebook event page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/325207964259735/
Bring all the climbers you know, and we’ll have a great time meeting other awesome climbers, restore an awesome crag to pristine conditions again, and have tons of fun in the process.
So as everyone in the Malaysian climbing community knows, our beloved Putrajaya Challenge Park Climbing Gym (PCP) has been down due to a change in management for close to the past 2 months now.
As the largest climbing gym in South East Asia, PCP is a very valuable asset to the climbing community here. More than a world class climbing center, it serves as a hub for the climbing community in the greater Klang Valley to gather and mingle.
In order to get this place up and running again, our buddy Leo has fired up a petition to be passed on to the relevant authorities and is spreading around facebook as I am typing this. So in case you haven’t got in a piece of the action, please take 2 minutes of your time to head to this link. Sign up! Get your friends to sign up! Get everybody to sign up!
Hopefully this will speed the process of getting our beloved gym back sooner.