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Where to resole climbing shoes in Taiwan?

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There are not many options of resoling climbing shoes in Taiwan.  The most popular shops used to be the “Doctor of Hiking Shoes (登山鞋醫生)” in Taipei and a shoemaker in Tainan City.  However, neither of them is specialized in climbing shoes.  After resoling, the rubber and shape of shoes are quite different from the original, and repaired shoes typically cannot last for a long time before splitting or peeling again.

Huo-Yun (火雲鞋神) is the first professional climbing shoe resoler in Taiwan.  Although not as cheap as the options above, it uses Vibram XSGrip rubber, and considers the original shape and special features of each pair of shoes.  It is the current best option to prolong the life of your beloved, high-class climbing shoes.

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Where to climb in Long Dong in a HOT summer day?

19942610_10155513173034127_7250881545312660796_o Where to climb in Long Dong in a HOT summer day? The summer heat in Taiwan is unbearable.  Long Dong is located by the seaside, and this makes it a cooler and less rainy place in summer compared to the Taipei City.   Still, it is a very bad idea to climb under the scorching sun: it can be very easy to get serious heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or dehydration. There are some ways to cope with the problem of heat:

-          set up a tarp

-          adjust your climbing schedule (e.g. to arrive at Long Dong around noon or in the afternoon and climb until 18:30 – the daytime in summer is quite long after all!)

-          bring a lot of water or icy drinks <important!!>

-          choose climbing areas wisely

Here are some useful tips on the most suitable climbing areas in summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Bonus Bouldering Cup Held on Jun. 30-Jul.1, 2018

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The 4th Bonus Bouldering Cup is going to be held on Jun. 30-Jul.1, 2018 in Bonus Bouldering Gym in Hualien.  Anyone who loves bouldering and/or delicious food is welcome to join!  For detailed info and signup, please check the link here (in Chinese).

Lowering from a Loaded Belay Plate

Using guide mode to lower a seconder after a take or fall is a seemingly simple action… and also a frequent cause to many accidents!    The video below shows how to do this safely, both for short- and long- distance lowering.

Take time to practice before you use these method!

Lowering from a Loaded Belay Plate from American Mountain Guides Assoc on Vimeo.

Zhong-pan Cup Held on June 2, 2018

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The 26th Zhong-pan Cup, bouldering competition held by the major universities in central Taiwan, is scheduled on June 2, 2018.  Both students and non-students are welcomed to sign up!

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