Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kuching Trip 2016

Hey hey hey!
Wow, I just realized I have been missing for months! So sorry bout that folks. 
I have been really busy and packed with work and other events as well as trying to find time for myself to relax.
Anyways, I'm back from my climbing trip and I can't wait to tell you guys all about it!

I have been visiting Kuching for climbing trips for years now and it has taught me so many things on how to be a better climber and also that my fears will always come back to haunt me no matter how hard I try to fight it. You will always have to do your best to conquer those fears if you love something like rock climbing.

When you have "Heights + Falling = Fear" ,
which is why you climb harder to get to where you want to be!

You can read all about my previous trips here :
Rock On 3 2012 : Part I & Part II 
Rock On 4 2013 : Part I & Part II
Kuching Trip 2014

So yeah, enough talking and let's get to the photos!

(Day 1)

Got up at 5am and got prepared to pick up everyone to the airport. Never liked the airport but that's the only way to get to Kuching!
So on the first day, we have Thompson, Esther, Roy and me on the same flight and boy were they excited!
Most of our friends who're joining us on this trip has never been to Kuching before.

Our sleepy faces upon our arrival at Kuching airport!

My friend, Aaron came to pick us up and brought us to town to check-in to our hostel. We stayed at GoRest Guesthouse which is located in town. Its run by a climber friend of ours and its pretty cheap too! If you are not the fussy kind of traveller and happen to be looking for a place to just crash, I recommend this guesthouse. Looking at Kuching town really brings back good memories of our past climbing trips and I really wish I could stay longer for this trip.

After dropping off our luggage and all,
Aaron brought us to a place called Chong Choon Cafe which was just 5-10mins walking distance from our hostel.

Kuching Laksa (Small - Rm4.50)

We didn't do much for day 1 actually. Most of the time, climbing will start on Day 2 because Day 1 is when we settle our accommodations, transportation and other climbing stuff before heading off to climb. Also we were waiting for other climbers to arrive on the night of Day 1 and morning of Day 2.

(Day 2)

Woke up at 7am and had a nice breakfast at Chong Choon Cafe again and headed off to Batman Wall after that. Car as usual had problems again like our previous trips but this time we got it covered. The drive from Kuching town to Batman wall takes about 1 hour. We usually stop by Pekan Bau along the way to pack some lunch to be eaten at the wall later on. I would suggest you guys to use Waze in Kuching. It helped us a lot!

Once we arrived at the wall, everyone was in awe. The wall was as beautiful as I remembered. Lots of changes done to this place.
Paved floor, new clean toilets, polished walls and the place is now surrounded by a fence. Sad part is that climbing here is no longer free. We have to pay to enter. We had to pay Rm100 for a group of 10 people (Rm10 per person).


Unloaded the car and unloaded all the equipments from the bag. Couldn't wait to start climbing. So another note for climbers out there who wants to visit Batman Wall, kindly bring a Trango Squid, an adjustable pole/stick and a ladder. You will need it to clip on the first quickdraw with the rope attached to it before you start your climb. The distance from the ground to the roof start is roughly around 5 metres high.

Not forgetting to bring loads of quickdraws!
Some climbs are pretty long and also some anchors requires you to do a Tie-Off/Top Out.

Great to see my name on the list!
Sent a project 4 years ago and sad that this year I couldn't climb that route because it was all slimy and full of webs and also water dripping from the wall.

Danny, Faisal, Gaku, Tiara, Sherine and Yati joined us on this trip and I couldn't ask for a better group to go with. Everyone was still new to the place. Majority of the them in the group have never been to Kuching before and it got them really psyched to climb more the next day. We even had a nice dinner together with Malcolm and Aunty Eunice after not seeing them for a while now.

Oh and also guess who I met?
Yes! Its the one and only Jian Goh aka Miao. Comic artist for Miao & WafuPafu comic!
He is such a friendly guy and he was such a dear to bring us around and telling us about Kuching! I even got Esther and Thompson in to reading his comics and they loved it! If you haven't read his comics yet, you really should!

Thank you so much Miao for the autograph!

He even brought us to a popular spot called Kai Joo Lane which is nearby India and Carpenter street in case you're curious.

Very crowded place filled with food stalls at night!

(Day 3)

Here we are back in Batman Wall again and this time, everyone decided to try our harder routes!
Higher and harder walls for everyone!

 Attempting Jitam Rodeo, Grade 6B again after projecting this for 4 years.Still scared of doing this route but it definitely taught me a lot.
Need to get back into shape if I really need to clean this route.

Nothing much but a lot of climbing on Day 3 and also other climbers arrived on the same day to join us too. There was a storm as soon as we left Batman Wall. It has been raining a lot when we were there but it never stopped us from climbing.

(Day 4)

Decided to go back to Tiger Wall to do some easy climbs but very long climbs.
The anchors on this walls requires you to perform a Tie-Off/Top Out. At least 12 - 15 metres high and love how the rocks are so solid! In case you're wondering what stones they are in Batman wall, they are Limestones.

Gula Apong (Small - Rm5.00 & Big - Rm10.00)

Tried out the famous Gula Apong and it taste just like Gula Melaka and I love how the toppings go so well with the Gula Apong!
Oreo crumbs and peanuts!

(Day 5)

This is one day we all could never forget. We went to a place called Coffee Garden which was just behind where we stayed and we decided to have breakfast there. Very nice and cosy place but the only problem was the management. Before that, group photo!

Anyways, back to the story. We all came in to order some breakfast. Yati ordered French Toast and Eggs Set,Tiara and I ordered American Breakfast Set A while Sherine and Gaku ordered Pancake Set which we thought wouldn't take long since we came early. So we waited.

French Toast and Egg Set (Price N/A)

Yati's breakfast set arrived first and so she ate her's first.
We were all trying to eat as fast as we can because we wanted to visit Fairy Cave today.

American Breakfast Set A (Price N/A)

Then my food came and I ate slowly while waiting for the others to be served. Waited for almost 30 minutes and realized why did the same food took so long to arrive. We found out that they were cooking each set individually and it took over 1 hour for the rest of the food to arrive. The group that came after us also waited for almost 30-45 minutes for their food to arrive and we all started complaining. They served us free Oreo Cheesecake which we didn't really like but still we ate a bit and when they food finally arrived, everyone was in such a bad mood to even eat their food. 

Saw this sign after breakfast and just had to take a picture of it!

Bla bla bla and off we go to Fairy Cave to do some caving and climbing.
I think the fee was Rm3 for adult and for those under 17 years old is free to enter.

 Hello again Fairy Cave!

Group photo before they headed off to climb at Nepentheas Wall while Roy and Gaku where somewhere outside the cave doing some multi-pitching.
Only had 2 hours to climb before the gate closes and also a storm was heading our way.
The gate to Fairy Cave closes at 4pm.

(Day 6)

Kolok Mee (Rm3.50)

Had some Kolok Mee before heading off to the airport and I was quite sad that we are leaving Kuching already.
Such a short and fun trip and really gonna miss this place.
We are all already planning on our next trip back to Kuching for 2017 and let's hope that it will happen again!

(Photo credits to Danny, Thompson, Roy, Gaku, Faisal, and everyone else)

For more pictures, click here!
For more info about GoRest Guesthouse, click here!
Be sure to check out Miao & WafuPafu comics here and here!

Things you need to climb at Batman Wall :
1) Trango Squid 
2) Adjustable Pole/Stick
3) Ladder
4) Mat (For your ropes)
5) Quickdraws (Minimum 10 pcs)
6) Ropes (Minimum 60-70m rope)

Things you need to climb at Tiger Wall and Staircase Wall:
1) Slings
2) Quickdraws (Minimum 10 pcs)
3) Helmet
4) Mat (For your ropes and personal belongings)
5) Ropes (Minimum 60-70m rope)

Here's a list of what you roughly need to prepare for if you plan to climb in Batman Wall or Fairy Cave :
1) Accommodations - Roughly around Rm20-Rm45 per night
2) Transportations  - Rm120 - Rm250 per car (depending on model of car)
3) Batman Wall Entrance Fee - Rm100 for a group of 10 pax 
*Contact Joseph (013-803 5516)*
4) Fairy Cave Entrance Fee - Rm3 for adult (I forget the price for foreigners) 
*FOC for anyone under 17 years old*

Monday, May 9, 2016

Product Review : Lowe Alpine Strike 24 L Daypack

Hey hey hey!
I'm back with another product review. Sorry I disappeared again.
Been really busy with work and all.

I want to share with you guys about something that might be useful to all of you guys who love hiking, 
climbing, trekking and outdoor-sie stuff. I recently came across a really awesome bag from Lowe Alpine.

Love how light this bag is and not to mention the amount of pockets on this bag.
Perfect size if you're planning for a casual day out, hiking, trekking, climbing, camping or even sightseeing.

Lowe Alpine Strike 24L Daypack (Rm299)

Love the yellow and blue stretch mesh pockets on the lower sides of the bag.
Those are actually pockets for your water bottles and it can fit a 1 Litre size bottle for each pocket.
You can also fit a thermos if the size is similar to a regular water bottle.

What I like about this bag are the shoulder straps.
Its one of the major thing to look out for in a bag pack because who knows whether you're planning to go out for a camping trip or even a quick hike, the bag pack you bring along has to be comfy. So, shoulder straps are one of the major things you need to look out for.

These shoulder straps have a soft preformed foam and an ultra-lightweight AdaptiveFit harness for supreme carrying comfort.
Unlike other bag packs which comes with a strap that is stiff and quite thin making it very tiring after a while.
So, be sure to check for a comfy shoulder strap.

I am one of those who LOVES bags full with pockets. Why you ask?
Well, if you're like me and you just love organizing everything you are bringing and I tell you that having this much pockets will help you save time.
You don't need to bring a bag organizer anymore!

Also, I really like how this bag has a large main opening for easy access. Some bag packs I've seen only open up until half way.
Its quite frustrating if you need to pack something big into the bag but the opening is small.

I love how it has a pocket for the hydration bladder (aka hydration pack/bag) in case you plan on bringing one along.
You can even store you laptop if its smaller than a 15 inch and slot it into the hydration bag pocket.
It even helps to give some back support too!

Here is something I'm really impressed with.This bag comes with an SOS panel on the inside of the bag.
Most bag packs I've seen does NOT come with an emergency guide or manual but this bag does.
Now you dont have to worry on what to do in case of an emergency.Another plus point for this bag!

The SOS panel is printed on the inside of the bag which is on the top pocket, accessible from the outside.
 A small top pocket for essential items such as your phone, keys, coins or any other small items.
It also comes with a strap that has a clip at the end for you to clip your keys on as well.

Here we have the front zippered pocket for easy access to your maps, notebooks, sunscreen or even raincover.

Also, did you notice the two coated strings on the grey flap in the picture?
Those are lash points for securing your helmet. Its just not suitable for helmets to be stuffed into a bag pack so just clip on your helmet straps through both lash points and you're good to go! You can also put your hiking pole through the lash points and lock it in place at the bottom part which I am going to show you guys in a bit.

Remember I mentioned bout the hydration bladder pocket?
Well, when you bring a hydration bladder, of course you'd want to drink out of it.
So, as you can see above, there is a hidden pocket with a "H2O"label printed on the side of the bag.
Its for the hose and nozzle from the hydration bladder to go through so you can get access to your water easily.

Not forgetting to mention that the bag comes with a few buckles to keep your bag safe.
It has 2 buckle straps on both sides of the bag.

Alright, back to the part where I mentioned bout the hiking pole.
This is the part where I mentioned earlier where you put the end of the walking/hiking pole through.
A unique tip gripper for securing your walking pole or anything that has a bung end.

Another major thing to look out for besides the foamed shoulder straps is the back support.
You'll be carrying around your stuff for the entire day so having a good back support is crucial.
This bag comes with an Air-Contour Foam which helps to reduce contact area between the bag and the back,
helping you to keep your back cool! You only have one spine so take care of it.

*Note : Not recommended if you're planning to carry many heavy equipments as this is a day pack not a mountaineering bag pack. 
It might be too heavy if you carry too many stuff and it will cause sore shoulders and back. 
It might even cause the seams to rip if the bag is too heavy.*

A little info for most of you guys out there who are searching for bag packs or are new to selecting a bag pack, majority of outdoor bag packs will have this emergency whistle buckle which is attached on the shoulder straps. Perfect for getting attention during an emergency situations.
You should really get a bag pack with this whistle buckle.

On the other side of the shoulder strap,
it usually comes with a small zippered pocket to store small items such as a swiss knife, nail clipper, etc..

Also another thing on the shoulder strap is a small LED light loop.
You can clip on your mini headlamp or maybe a walkie-talkie which I always do with my bag packs which has this loop.

Here I have prepared a Tech Specs list for you guys to summarize the whole thing :

(This list is based on my own research)

You can purchase this bag from :
Montanic in Suria Sabah (Lower Ground)
 or Imago Shopping Mall (1st Floor).

If you're interested in purchasing something outdoor related, click here!

These are the brands available in Montanic :
*Image source from Montanic *

You can check out their Facebook too and don't forget to "Like" their page!

(*Credits to Roy for helping Behind the Scenes and being my hand model*)

For further enquiries, you can contact them via :
Tel : +6088 250 398 / 274 538 / 274 699
Fax : +6088 250 398 
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