R.I.P. Hayden Kennedy(2017.10.07)

In early October of 2017, accomplished alpinist and climber Hayden Kennedy (age 27) and his partner Inge Perkins (23) died in an avalanche in a skiing trip.  According to related report, Hayden chose to take his life after he freed himself from the snow but could not locate his partner during the search for her.


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First Female 9b by Angy Eiter!

Austrian climber Angy Eiter has become the first woman to climb 9b (5.15b). She has trained over two years for the route La Planta de Shiva.  “I knew it was my style and I was inspired by the moves, which I guess was the key to my success.”



(photo from Angy Eiter’s FB)

Hung-Ying Lee Wins 2015 Canadian Bouldering Championships

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photo – Hung-Ying Lee

Taiwanese top female climber Hung-Ying Lee has taken first place in this year’s Canadian Open Bouldering Championships, the top national level competition in Canada and the same event where Sean McColl took first place by doing this funky maneuver:

Held at the Blocshop bouldering gym in Montreal, the competition took place over two days on March 21st and 22nd. Hung Ying Lee distinguished herself from 45 of Canada’s top women by sending three of the four boulders in finals, while second and third place competitors Elise Sethna and Catherine Laflamme took down two each.

Full video of the event is here while photos from the event can be found via Blocshop’s Facebook page here.

Taiwanese Climber Chang Yeu-Shiang Sends China Climb 5.14b

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Xiao Shiang basks in the afterglow photo – Ye Qi Rui

Local Taiwanese climber and National climbing champion Chang Yeu-Shiang has just sent the 5.14b China Climb in Yangshuo, China.

If any climber from the island would have done it, it would have been Yeu-Shiang, or “Xiao Shiang” as the locals call him. The Michael Schumacher of the Taiwan Climbing Scene, Chang Yeu-Shiang dominates both sport climbing and bouldering competitions on the island, usually placing first or at least 2nd no matter the discipline.

China Climb is the first 5.14b established in Mainland China, located on the steep and epic White Mountain. Watch Keller Rinaudo working it below:

Keller Rinaudo – China Climb 5.14b from Upskill Climbing on Vimeo.


Source: Ye Qi Rui(Monkey) on Facebook

Redpoint Beer – Craft Beer Made by Climbers

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Redpoint 台.P.A. at Patio84

Recently we came across pictures of  an uniquely named beer from “Redpoint Brewing Co.”  With a name like that we knew we had to find out more.

Created by two American climbers in Taipei, Redpoint Brewing Co. just recently launched their flagship beer, “台.P.A”, an American style India Pale  Ale that’s shaking up Taiwan’s nascent local beer scene.

While more and more cafes and restaurants in Taipei feature imported Belgians and European beers, locally brewed beer that doesn’t suck has been harder to find, so we were excited to sit down with these brewmeisters over a pint of their finest.

Why the name Redpoint?

RP: We’ve been at this for two years. While we’ve only just launched, 台.P.A was the product of countless batches and tries. You have no idea how much beer we had to throw away. Just like a hard redpoint, you have to keep on trying, until you get that send.

What motivated you guys to start the company?

RP: The palate in Taiwan is developing for quality beer but when people  here think craft beer they think German or European. We wanted to  bring North American style craft beer and microbrewing culture to Taiwan.

How would you describe 台.P.A?

RP: Redpoint 台.P.A is a fresh and locally brewed, hand-crafted, unpasteurized , unfiltered IPA. It’s highly sessionnable and  made with imported American and Japanese hops, giving it grapefruit and lemony notes. It is 5.8% so it has some kick to it.

What’s the deal with Pasteurization?

RP: Commercial beers pasteurize their beer to make it last longer but it ends up destroying the flavor. We don’t pasteurize our beer, which means we have to run a very clean process, but the product comes out better.

Where to get it

Redpoint beer is currently available in Taipei at:

* Available on tap

Redpoint is also distributing internationally. For more information please contact Redpoint Brew Company directly.