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Tribute Wall accident 11/09/2018 4-Oct-2018 At 12:45:44 AM Stugang
I hear you hero. Now that I am climbing more in gyms and Asian sport crags I realise what a bubble I had been climbing in. Most of the people I climbed with until moving to Singapore were competent. Even the dodgiest ones were competent.

Luckily I’ve hooked up with a slightly more competent crew, although there are a couple of them that I make sure I climb a route I can comfortably onsite when they belay me. Anyway the shit coming out of their mouths sometimes. For example a few weeks ago we did a 300m (actually had to retreat cos of rain but point still same) 6b on this amazing remote crag on an island in Malaysia. They were frothing that the bolts were maybe 10m apart on low angle good rock grade 15 with positive holds. I was dubbed “kamikaze Aussie” cos to shut them up I said I’d lead every pitch as opposed to swing leads. I was told that night that it was a disgrace that the bolts weren’t 2m apart and they with all their experience (eg I had to remind them of how to get safe and set up belay at a bolt anchor on a multipitch route) wanted to come back and retro the route we retreated off cos of rain.

That said if anyone is passing through Singapore and wants to climb something on Tioman please look me up. It is fkin amazing and the rock and routes are world class. Google it - the photos look good but it is better in the flesh. Logistics are a slight hassle (but now I know the boat operators etc so not too bad) to get there but once you are there it is unbelievably good.

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