Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Climbing in Chiang Mai – First time at Crazy Horse Buttress

After almost 4 years living in Thailand I finally had the opportunity to take a few days off to visit the city of Chiang Mai, and of course to spend 3 full days of Climbing at Crazy Horse Buttress.

Crazy Horse Buttress is a popular climbing area predominately equipped and developed by CMRCA which is probably the most active climbing company in the whole Thailand.

Although the crag has many different spots, we only managed to climb at Crazy Horse which is the main area and offers the larger number of routes, we climbed at The Horse Shoe aka The Hoof and on our last day we eventually managed to climb at The Furnace which to me is probably the best wall of the entire area.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Climbing in Koh Yao Noi - Climbing is banned!

A few days ago I was approached by Phuket Gazette in regards of the recent appalling order of closure of all the climbing areas in Koh Yao Noi.

Some of my comments where later published in the last paper version of  Phuket Gazette and today I am happy to see that the article has been posted ONLINE.

Considering the innumerable issues covering the tourist scenario in the whole south of Thailand I really wonder what is the real reason behind this illogical restriction, which to me it makes no sense at all.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Climbing in Chong Plee – Sending again after pregnancy stop

The very last time I climbed in Chong Plee – aka Spirit Mountain, was just a few months before my gorgeous baby-boy Ettore was born and now he is already incredibly 7 months old!!!

In that occasion I managed to send a classic route of the crag called Grace -7a and the video showing the crux sequence was posted on our Phuket Climbing Facebook Page.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Climbing in Phuket - Back to Sunset Wall in Nai Harn

After more than one year staying far from this very nice hidden spot I recently spent a few mornings exploring on my own on self-belay trying to identify new possible lines.

Climbing at the Sunset Wall in Nai Harn is probably not a must-to-do thing, however it can still give some nice adrenaline shots and a genuine lesson of technical climbing.

As described in my previous post, there are two clear lines on the left of the wall easily climbable setting up an anchor on a boulder sitting on the top of the little cliff.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bouldering in Thailand: The Sikhiu Bouldering Festival 2015

During the last weekend I had the honor to join a fantastic event taking place in the north-east of Thailand, The Sikhiu Bouldering Festival.

The event was entirely organized by Camille Guignard, it has already reached the 3rd edition and it saw the participation of hundreds of climbers coming from all over South-Est Asia.

Many of them were expat from France, US, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy (only myself actually), while the rest were Vietnamese, Japanese, Singaporean, Cambodian, Malay and of course Thai.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Climbing in Koh Yao Noi, The season has officially started...

6 months have already passed since the realization of Tripping in Chong Plee and after such a long break spent mostly surfing in Kata beach and Nai Harn beach now my hands are itching again for a new project.

During the last weekend I went out Climbing in Koh Yao Noi with my friend Max but since this was his very first time on rock the plan was to keep it as the Thais say Sabai Sabai…