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TGG Bouldering Gym Opens in Taoyuan County

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A new bouldering gym opens today in Yangmei District, Taoyuan County. Run by Stone Squad member Digua, TGG or TG2 Bouldering Gym has 4 meter high walls and occupies 25 ping (~85 sq. m).

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Nearby Yangmei Train station, TGG gym is located about 15minutes away by foot making it fairly accessible by public transportation, but if you’re living in Taoyuan you’re probably gonna get here by scooter or car.

The new gym joins NCU, Yam, and Shuimei climbing gyms in Taoyuan, but with high quality holds, and routesetting by STONE squad members, is by far the best option for serious climbers.

Location水美里梅高路92號 (Location pinned manually as Google Maps does not map this address correctly. )

Hours: 5-11pm Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays with weekend hours posted on the facebook page. 

Pricing: $150 for adults and $120 for students.

photos courtesy TGG Bouldering Gym

Guidebook+ Update July 2015

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Guidebook+ contains the latest up to date route information at Long Dong since the publication of “Rock Climbing Taiwan” (2012)

The newest edition of Guidebook+ is out. The full version as always is available at tinyurl.com/GBPlus, while the PDF is available here.

We advise all local and visiting climbers to thoroughly take a look through this post and Guidebook Plus itself before climbing at Long Dong as there a number of safety related updates.

The latest changes:

Big Drum Anchors Failed on Lower

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Big Drum Anchors – photo by Ofelia Huang

Both Anchor bolts of popular climb Big Drum in Music Hall failed while a visiting climber lowered off the bolts. The climber was not hurt, but the failure means that Big Drum can no longer be safely climbed, and we strongly advise climbers to avoid neighboring climbs #367-384(including Fucking Fall, Fingercrack, and Wedding Route) until these climbs are rebolted as they were all bolted in the same year with the same type of bolt.

Cracked bolt found on First Cave Outer Wall

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A cracked bolt has been found on route 295 “Grass” outside First Cave

A cracked bolt has been found on #295 Grass on the 2nd pitch of the Outer Wall of the First Cave area. Many of the surrounding climbs in this section of Long Dong were bolted at the same time using the same “Fixe 304″ bolts and we highly advise climbers to exercise caution and check the latest bolt information before climbing in this area.

Great Pumpkin Bolt Broke

Broken Fixe "304" bolt- photo James Song

Broken Fixe “304″ bolt- photo James Song

Local climber James Song fell while working the crux of Great Pumpkin and broke the 5th bolt on Golden Valley classic Great pumpkin 5.11c, like its neighboring climbs Orange Juice and Tangerine Trip, Great Pumpkin has a number of older, “Fixe 304″ lead bolts which have been determined to be unreliable at Long Dong.

New development in Grand Auditorium

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Ryan Keenan and Garrreth Bird have developed a number of trad lines at
in the Grand Auditorium area from 5.10 to 5.12. Some of these lines are confirmed to be FAs as large amounts of loose rock were cleaned off on the ascent, whereas others are only claimed to be “first recent ascent”, as it is possible they were climbed in a similar state previously but not documented.

Route details are documented in GB+, and topos are available on dropbox here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lh3689b3wjo4lal/GA_wall_topo.pdf?dl=0

Safety Tips

Long Dong’s seaside location and subtropical climate mean that bolts here are not always reliable and climbers should educate themselves about bolting issues at seaside climbing areas as well as stay up to date on safety information with resources like GB+.

In addition to GB+, climbers interested in detailed route-by-route bolting information can check out Climbio’s Long Dong Bolt Dashboard. Made with the help of Nathan Ball, Climbio’s Long Dong Bolt Dashboard includes detailed, color coded records of which climbs use which bolts.

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Roughly speaking, Red colored bolts are considered to be dangerous, Yellow colored bolts may be questionable, and Green colored bolts are considered to be safe to climb on.

Big Drum Anchors Fail on Lower

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Big Drum Anchors – photo by Ofelia Huang

Ofelia Huang reports that on Friday July 24th, the anchors of popular sport climb #369 Big Drum in Music Hall failed while a climber was lowering off them to the ground. The anchors failed when the climber was around 4m from the ground. The climber sustained minor injuries but is reported to be fine.

The type of bolts used are Petzl Collinox bolts made of 316L stainless steel, making this the first failure of a 316 “Marine grade” stainless steel bolt at Long Dong.

Update (August 26, 2015): It has been confirmed by Petzl America that the bolts in the photo and in this incident were actually 304 grade stainless steel.

The surrounding climbs #367 Fucking Fall and #370 Finger Crack , Musical Arete and 383 Wedding Route use the same Petzl Collinox bolts and we recommend climbers to avoid all of these popular climbs at this point until the routes are rebolted.

New Bouldering Gym Opening June 19th Near Shilin Night Market

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Taipei City’s third bouldering gym, Red Rock, opens this Friday June 19th near Shilin Night Market.

Housed in a spacious 300 square meter underground facility, the new gym is located 11 minutes walking distance from Jiantan MRT station. With tons of climbing space, monochrome routesetting, and–no joke– air conditioning, Red Rock sets a new standard for bouldering gyms in Taiwan.

We took a sneak peek at the gym and we liked what we saw.

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Red Rock is the first gym in Taiwan with Monochrome setting. No more spending minutes looking for a route, only to forget the holds when you’re on the wall.

Monochrome setting also means the holds are chosen specifically for the route. Taiwan’s gyms traditionally use the Japanese style of routesetting where holds go up first, and routes are made later and marked with tape or metal plates. While minor adjustments do happen, for the most part this limits routesetters to what’s on the wall. At Red Rock, each route uses its own set of holds, resulting in problems that feel more specific, more “tailor-fit”. Compared to other gyms in Taiwan, you’ll find more forced moves, technical footwork and body-position dependent problems.

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Besides solid setting, Red Rock brings superb training facilities. With steep walls up to 60 degrees, multiple campus boards, a Rock Prodigy Training Center fingerboard, Olympic Rings, and even a Moonboard, this place is undoubtedly now the number one place in the the country for getting strong.

Quality comes at a cost — Red Rock’s pricing is $250, the highest in Taiwan, up there with STONE’s weekend pricing. During the opening weekend from 6/19 to 6/21 Red Rock is offering a 2 for one deal on day passes. These don’t expire, so you can hoard them for later use if so inclined.

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Red Rock is located 11 min walking distance from Jiantan station at No.261 B1 Chengde Rd section 4, and there are youbike stations at Jiantan station and Shilin sports center to cut that trip in half. This makes it one of the most convenient gyms in Taipei.

Red Rocks’ professional staff, 3 meter high walls and sweet location are all reminiscent of the legendary LZS bouldering gym that gathered Taipei climbers of all walks of life together into one convenient urban climbing gym. Will it live up to the hype?  Time will only tell.

 Pictures courtesy Red Rock Climbing Gym

For Sale – 15 Degree System Board with Atomik Training Holds

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A 15 degree training board with Atomik System training holds is up for sale in Tienmu.  Measuring 1.5m wide by 3m high, the board and holds can be bought together or separately.

The list of holds covers all grip positions and includes:

  • 2 x med slopers
  • 2 x shallow slopers
  • 2 x slopey jugs
  • 2 x jugs
  • 4 x large pockets
  • 4 x shallow 2-finger pockets
  • 2 x deep two-finger pockets
  • 2 x easy pinches
  • 2 x mod hard pinches
  • 2 x hard pinches
  • 2 x very hard pinches
  • 4 x flat crimps
  • 5 x incut crimps
  • 9 x incut edges
  • 9 x randomly shaped holds
  • 1x screw on round pinch/sloper
  • lots of screwon footchips and small crimps

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Also available is a set of woodworking tools for modifying the board as well as a stepladder for setting.

For inquiries please contact Paul at jeanpauldevilliers ( at ) gmail (dot) com