Back by popular demand, we had another awesome rock climbing fun day out with our participants at Dairy Farm! Here’s some highlights from our day out together!

It is great to be outdoors!

Time to work out those muscles!

Cheers to our instructors who worked so hard, and making sure everyone is safe and have lots of fun!

Let’s start with a proper group photo first…

And now, the fun one! Ready – 1, 2, 3 JUMP!

Looking for a fun and unique way to spend your weekend outdoors? Join us for our next Introductory Dairy Farm rock climbing and abseiling session! No climbing experience required.

Send a message today at info@wildfirexpeditions.com or Whatsapp +65-8298-2292

In mid-May this year, Maybel, Edwin and Ben joined us for a 2 days rock climbing trip in Lopburi, Thailand. Despite being their first outdoor climbing experience (and kudos to Edwin and Ben as this was their first time rock climbing), they were extraordinary in their climbing, and they readily took on the challenges that we posed to them, including the attempt to conquer a 30m route. Interested?  You can join our next trip in June or contact us for special dates!

This is what we are here for! The majestic peak of Khao Jin Lae.

First Challenge: The Bouldering and Traversing Challenge.

The Victorious Moment. What a View from the Top!

Work Hard, Play Hard! Time for some sight-seeing and delicious Thai cuisine in Lopburi…

Action-packed moments!

The beautiful sunset in Lopburi.

Looking for a different kind of weekend getaway? Explore this beautiful town of Lopburi which is a few hours away from Bangkok, visit one of the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand, and see what adventures this part of Thailand has to offer! It is definitely worth a visit to get away from the bustle of city life!

We customise our trips based on the comfort level of our participants, making it beginner-friendly. We also offer multi-pitch experiential climbs in Lopburi for those who wish to conquer this 206m peak. 

Click on the link below for the trip reviews from our participants:

https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g294265-d14759637-Reviews-Wildfire_Expeditions-Singapore.html

Join us for our next trip coming your way soon!

This year, we brought our participants to one of our favourite climbing crag in Lopburi, Thailand for a 2 days rock climbing and sunflower tour. We were definitely blessed with great weather and clear views! Our participants also got to experience some multi-pitch climbing and we were rewarded with spectacular views from the top of this 600 foot limestone peak. Here’s some highlights from our trip.

The Reward:

Preparing to abseil from the top:

Spectacular views from the top:

Visiting the historic town of Lopburi… Ancient ruins, temples, monkeys roaming the streets, instagrammable cafes and night markets in close proximity, just gives so much flavour to this little quaint town!

Our body definitely needs some rewarding too. Award-winning coffee and authentic Thai cuisine from the cafe!

The famous Sunflower fields of Lopburi that spans across acres and acres of land…

Camera rolling, Action!

Looking for a different kind of weekend getaway? Explore this beautiful town of Lopburi which is a few hours away from Bangkok, visit one of the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand, and see what adventures this part of Thailand has to offer! It’s definitely worth a visit to get away from the bustle of city life!

We customise our trips based on the comfort level of our participants, making it beginner-friendly. Join us for this unforgettable trip coming up in May 2019!

In this blog, we have a look at some of the different harnesses available, and give you some pointers to help you choose the right harness for you.

People come in all shapes and sizes and for this very reason, so do harnesses. Some harnesses may not fit certain people correctly but will be perfect on others, so it really is vital to try a number on before you select the one for you. Remember, a badly fitting harness can, in the extreme, be dangerous.

 

Rock Climbing Lopburi

Start by answering the following two questions

1. What type of climbing do you intend to do with your harness?

When properly looked after, a climbing harness should last you some time, so it’s really worth considering your future aspirations for the sport. Do you only ever want to climb indoors? Do you intend to climb it all – sport, trad, winter? Having a good think about this will help you get a harness that ticks all your boxes. Bear in mind that the more disciplines you want it to cover, the more compromises you may need to make, often in comfort and weight.

2. How much do you want to spend?

Harnesses range from around $45.00 to over 200.00 for professional use. Your budget will of course narrow or widen your options, but even with the cheaper harnesses there is still a fair bit of choice.

Comfort and fit

The waist belt should sit just above your hips. Once you have tightened your harness, you should be able to get a flat hand in behind the waist belt but you should not be able to pull a fist out. Your leg loops should feel secure but comfortable, a good indication of proper fit is being able to slip a flat hand in between the leg loop and your leg comfortably. Your harness should feel comfortable to stand and sit in. When sitting down, make sure the buckles aren’t digging in. There has recently been a real push to move from the traditionally padded harnesses to contoured laminate harnesses, which remove bulk and weight and in some cases retain a high level of comfort. Try both types and let the way it feels dictate what you buy.

Adjustability

The 3 main types of sit harnesses are;

  • Fully adjustable – meaning you can adjust both the waist belt and leg loops.
  • Fixed leg loop – meaning you can only adjust the waist belt and not the leg loops.
  • Alpine harness – available in fully adjustable and fixed leg loop, super lightweight with a the belay loop often only attached to the waist belt.

The amount of adjustment in the fit of your harness will depend a lot on the type of climbing you intend to do. If you intend to do a lot of outdoor trad and winter climbing then a fully adjustable harness is essential in order to get it on and off over bulky clothes, crampons and boots. If you intend to climb indoors and maybe outdoors in fair weather, then a fixed leg loop harness may work for you. Another consideration is your size when you first buy your harness. Many people enter the sport in order to get fit and often lose a fair bit of weight after their first few months, so if you think this will be case for you, then a fully adjustable harness would be the way to go. You ideally want the harness to be in the middle of its adjustment range when wearing it, so that you have room to manoeuvre.

Buckles

Until a few years ago the standard buckle on a climbing harness was known as a “double back” buckle which meant that in order for it to be safe the webbing would need to be threaded back through the buckle. Currently most harnesses are now fitted with a “speed adjust” buckle, this has the benefit that the climber does not need to remember to double back their buckles. It’s important to realise that there are pros and cons to each system. Double back buckles have the benefit that once done up – that’s it. They will not move at all. But they have the drawback of being considerably more awkward to do up, especially with gloves on. Speed adjust buckles have the great benefit of simply pulling them tight, easy with gloves on, but the slight drawback is that they can suffer from “creep” and will need to be tightened and checked over the course of a long day.

The Rise

The obvious fitting requirements of your waist size and upper thigh will dictate the general size of the harness (eg. small, medium, large). Harnesses also use another measurement, known as the “rise” and this is a very important measurement to consider. The rise is the distance between the waist belt and the leg loops. When this distance is too short, the climber will be pushed forwards when the harness is loaded, and when the distance is too long, the climber will fall backwards when the harness is loaded. Women’s specific harnesses typically have a longer rise and men’s a shorter one. A correctly fitted harness will, when loaded, mean that around 75% of weight is taken on the leg loops and 25% on the waist belt. Some harnesses are available with an adjustable rise, which can be helpful if you’re having trouble finding a good fit.

The only true way to test whether the rise is correct for you, is to see how it works when fully loaded. The only way to do this is to hang in the harness.

Gear Loops

The number of gear loops you will want on your harness will again come down to what type of climbing you expect to do. If you intend to only climb indoors, then you’ll only really need one or two gear loops. Sport climbers usually need three to four loops, whilst trad and winter climbers will want five and above. However if you try on a harness and it fits perfectly, but has more gear loops than you need, it really doesn’t matter, a correct fit is far more important.

Some specific considerations

A few other details you may want to take into account. If you intend to go winter climbing or ice climbing, make sure the harness padding is constructed from closed cell foam, so that it can’t become water logged. If you want to take it climbing in the Alps, then weight will need to be a big consideration and often comes at the expense of comfort. There are lots of other clever features on harnesses and once you’ve gone through the essentials, the rest will be down to personal preference and taste.

Harnesses for kids

Children below 30-40kg (usually under the age of nine) will need to be fitted with a full body harness. This is because they often have small hips and a high centre of gravity and run the risk of falling out of a sit harness if inverted (upside down).  Also children of this age tend to have insufficient stomach muscles to maintain an upright position and stand much more chance of turning upside down when they fall. A general rule of thumb, if trying a sit harness on a child, is to try and pull it down over their hips and if this is in any way possible then a full body harness will be needed.

Care and maintenance

Looking after all of your climbing kit is absolutely essential. Your climbing harness is your direct and only link from you to your safety chain (rope, anchors, belayer) and needs special attention. Always keep your harness away from harmful chemicals and direct sunlight (where possible), storing it in a dry dark place when not in use. If it gets dirty or has been exposed to salt water, then cleaning it with lukewarm water is usually all it takes, then dry in a warm (not hot) room away from sunlight. There are specially made cleaning products for soft climbing kit, made by companies such as Beal. You can also use pure soap flakes to clean your harness, but if in any doubt then only use approved cleaning products. When you remove your harness always slacken off your leg loops, so that they don’t warp or get worn in exactly the same place. When properly looked after your harness should last you a fairly long time, depending, of course how often you climb and where you climb.

So, to sum up, it’s clear that fitting a harness should be as detailed as fitting a pair of climbing shoes. Unless you are replacing an old harness with the exact same model and size, you really can’t know that it’s the right one for you until you’ve sat in it under load. This is why it’s usually best to have your harness fitted by an experienced person.

When instructing beginners, I always spend a bit of time on the different Carabiner and types. There are so many types and options, and of course, climber slang to Carabiners. Whether you call it a “Krab” or “Biner”, there are lot’s of variety and options to choose from. More than just choosing a nice colour!

Carabiners are one of the most common and used pieces of kit in a climbers’ rack. They are used to belay with, set up anchors, create ‘running belays’ and a whole host of other tasks. There are so many different choices available to you, when you come to buy your first few biners, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Even though at first glance climbing equipment looks like it comes in a million different varieties, shapes and sizes its usually not nearly as different as it looks and once you understand the basic properties of certain types of kit, it all becomes much clearer. Carabiners are a perfect example of looking far more complicated than they actually are. Below we have outlined some of the most important characteristics and differences between the various Carabiners available.

Whilst we have covered some of the bigger and most important differences there are still subtle details that make one crab better than another for certain jobs, and to understand everything about a particular biner the best place to look is the manufacturers website where you will get all of the specs (and a fair bit of flowery sales schpeal!).

Locking

A locking carabiner will have some form of metal sleeve or mechanism that enables the user to lock the gate shut. These carabiners are used in situations where there is a risk of the gate being opened accidentally, typically while belaying or building anchors.

Non-locking

A non-locking carabiner (often referred to as a snap-gate) simply relies on the spring of its gate to keep it shut. These carabiners are most commonly used as part of a quickdraw, for running belays, to rack protection and any time where there is no risk of the gate being opened accidentally.

Screw Gate

Threaded metal sleeve covers the gate, which is manually screwed and unscrewed to open and close the carabiner. These are the most common locking carabiners and come in just about every shape and size.

Auto-Lock

Normally a spring loaded metal sleeve covers the gate, which is manually rotated to open, but will spring closed and lock automatically when released. Recently Black Diamond launched its Magnetron range which uses small magnets built into the gate to automatically lock the carabiner when closed. Auto lockers are nearly always heavier than screw gates and a lot less widely used, but they are great for beginners’ groups, children, and also big wall climbing as you have that little extra security.

Auto-locking Karabiner
Auto-locking Karabiner
Screw Gate Karabiner
Screw Gate Karabiner
Belay Specific

These are a fairly new breed of carabiner that have a mechanism to prevent cross loading. Some also will not close unless the screw gate is done up, like DMM’s Belay Master, and AustriAlpin’s OvaLock. DMM have just released their new Rhino carabiner which is specifically designed to be used with assisted belay devices such as the GriGri 2 and Trango Cynch. Instead of the normal mechanism to prevent cross loading the Rhino has a small horn which prevents the assisted device from sliding around the biner onto the back bar.

AustriAlpin OvaLock Belay Karabiner
Black Diamond Magnetron Gridlock Belay Karabiner
DMM Belaymaster 2 Belay Karabiner
DMM Rhino Belay Karabiner
HMS

A pear shaped carabiner which is especially good for using with a belay device, and Munter (Italian) hitches.They tend to have a very wide gate opening and are usually very strong. HMS stands for Halbmastwurf Sicherung, which roughly translates to munter hitch securing, because it was first designed to be used with the munter hitch .

black diamond airlock carabiner
Black Diamond Airlock HMS
Black Diamond Magnetron Rocklock HMS
Grivel Omega HMS
D-Shape & Offset D-Shape

Traditionally the strongest shape for a carabiner. Great for general rigging of belays, use with Prussiks etc. The offset D-Shape forces the rope to load the back (strongest) bar of the biner, making it very strong, and safe to use with ropes. Also has a big gate opening. Another good rigging biner. Available as a locking and non-locking biner.

Wild Country ION offset D Shape
Wild Country Titan offset D Shape
Oval

Not quite as strong as a D-Shape or HMS, although these days most are rated to 25kn (gate closed), so the screw gate versions are strong enough for a multi purpose biner. They are especially good for use with pulleys, as they allow the pulley to hang straight. Great for big wall climbing and also as a belay biner. Available as a locking and non-locking biner.

AustriAlpin OvaLock Oval Karabiner
Black Diamond Wiregate Oval Karabiner
DMM Ultra O Quicklock Oval Karabiner
Petzl OK Oval Screwgate Oval Karabiner
Solid Gate

Carabiners are only referred to as solid gate when they are non-locking. A solid gate biner is generally used for sport climbing because they tend to have smooth anti-snag noses which aid clipping and unclipping of bolts. Oval solid gates are also great for racking nuts on.

Wire Gate

Wire gate carabiners are only available as non-locking biners. Usually favoured by trad and winter climbers because they weigh so much less than solid gate biners.

DMM Revolver Wire Gate Karabiner
DMM Spectre 2 Wire Gate Karabiner
DMM Ultra O Solid Gate Karabiner
Petzl Ange Wire Gate Karabiner
Key-lock Nose

A key-lock nose will mean that the krab is less prone to snagging as the nose is very smooth. One draw back of these biners is that the gate can become blocked with snow/ice/mud which will prevent the gate closing correctly.

Hook Nose

These tend to be a lot lighter than key-locks and are great for use in the winter as they are far less likely to become clogged with snow/ice. A drawback of these biners is that the nose can get caught on bolts, holding the gate open, although many manufacturers have overcome this problem by creating clean nose profiles.

DMM Revolver wire gate Hook Nose Karabiner
DMM Revolver Wire Gate Hook Nose Karabiner
DMM Ultra O Solid Gate Keylock Nose Karabiner
DMM Ultra O Solid Gate Keylock Nose Karabiner

New Zealand is a well-known destination for adventure sports and adrenaline junkies. From skydiving to ski-touring, from glacier walking to rock climbing to hiking and trekking, the South Island of New Zealand, in particular, has lots to offer the intrepid traveler.

What is less known is that you need not be a veteran mountaineer or experienced adventure seeker to enjoy the great outdoors of New Zealand. Many of the hikes in New Zealand can be done in just one day. This suits the beginners to hiking who want to ease themselves into the activity, or for the more seasoned who just want to do some training hikes.

In preparation for our 5-day expedition in March 2018 to Rabbit Pass in Wanaka https://www.wildfirexpeditions.com/lessons-waterfall-rabbit-pass-new-zealand/ , we tackled Scotts Track for higher intensity gradient training. Having hiked mostly tropical mountains thus far, I was captivated by the beauty of the alpine scenery of the Arthurs’ Pass National Park. Compared to the lofty peaks of the Himalayas, the mountains of New Zealand can seem deceptively small. But the challenge is not so much in altitude as terrain, dramatic changes in weather and microclimates. As a first-timer hiker in New Zealand, here are my lessons learnt:

1) Always check the weather forecast at the local Department of Conservation (“DOC”) i-site

New Zealand has a number of Great Walks and the DOC has done a wonderful job of supporting these routes with plenty of useful information and tools for the independent hiker. The weather forecast in New Zealand is remarkably accurate. Tuning in will enable you to plan your route well, prepare the necessary gear and keep dry.

2) Safety first

In the words of famed American mountaineer Ed Viesturs ”Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory”. Always make a plan and set a turnaround time and pay close attention to the time. Look out for signs of impending weather changes. A point of caution is that the weather can change very rapidly in New Zealand. We have made the decision to turn back just an hour shy of the end point when the visibility turned bad and the clouds started rolling in. Our mantra is: Live to hike another day.

3) Prepare your gear

Always waterproof your bag. You never know when the sky will suddenly open up. Take rain gear, warm clothing, rain cover and enough food and water for contingency. A torchlight or a headlamp should be a mainstay of every tramper’s packing list. Pack light, pack smart, pack efficient. You do not want to be weighed down by unnecessary luxuries when you are only doing a day hike. Place snacks, water, light, rain cover, rain jacket at easily accessible points, preferably enabling you access without having to remove the entire pack to save time and for ease of access on the go.

4) Do not feed the animals

Through our day hike, we encountered many Kea, those beautiful birds indigenous to the South Island of New Zealand, the world’s only alpine parrot.  Known for their curiosity, Keas can be very friendly and approach hikers to a close distance. We have been warned by the locals not to feed them. Although keas are not aggressive by nature, hikers have changed their behavior. Some hikers have been feeding the keas encountered on the trail, leading to these birds now recognizing hikers as food source and sometimes pecking at their backpacks or trying to snatch food when hikers stop for a snack break. Do not feed the animals. Respect Nature as you see it.

5) Smell the roses and have fun

Well there are a number of considerations in preparing for a day hike, they should not detract from the main purpose – to have an enjoyable time. The slopes of New Zealand are beautiful at any time of the year. If it is your first time, pick a good season where the weather pattern is the most stable, when the paths are clear of snow and ice. Do your research and plan your trip. Visit the DOC website and do a walk in the day before your planned start to check for updates. Once you hit the trail, pay attention to what’s around you. Breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Luxuriate in the wonders of Nature and have fun.

 

Thailand is a great travel destination for those looking for a unique experience.  Fabulous thai cuisine, retail therapy and affordable massages aside, the pristine beaches, and large temples also make for an amazing cultural outdoor escape. What you don’t often hear about, is Thailand as a top destination for adventure travel in Asia, in particular, for rock climbing.

Whether you are a beginner to rock climbing or an advanced climber looking to challenge yourself, you will be spoilt for choice. You can be climbing by the beach, beside acres of sunflower fields, or even experiencing the adrenaline-pumping deep water solo. So which are the must-go climbing destinations in Thailand?

Krabi (Southern Thailand)

This is probably the most well-known climbing location in Thailand. Railay beach is climbers’ top choice because of the abundance of bolted sport climbing routes (over 700 routes) with varying difficulty ranging from Grade 5s to extremes of Grade 8s (French system). There are also spots where you can experience deep water solo. What’s that you ask? Well, you head to an island. You climb without harness or ropes. You go as high as you want to. And you jump right into water to get back down. Right up the alley of adrenaline junkies!

Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand)

Run any research online for rock climbing in Chiang Mai, and the words “Crazy Horse*” pops up. The lush greenery and spectacular routes entrenched its reputation as the “world’s greenest mega crags”. With over 150 routes and most routes are around 25m high, “mega” is well deserved. October to February is the cold season, which means daytime temperatures will be perfect for climbing. From March to May, the dry season sets in where the temperature can get as high as 36 degrees. June to September is the rainy season.

Lopburi (Central Thailand)

150km northeast of Bangkok, the province of Lopburi is home to the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand. Thousands of acres of sunflowers are in full bloom from November through January, the cooler months of the year. Relatively unknown even to the locals, Lopburi actually houses one of the most beautiful limestone crags in Thailand, one of the best-kept secrets you never knew Southeast Asia had! In all the times that I have visited this place, I have not met more than 10 climbers at the climbing wall – including us!There are over 60 routes, oopportunities for multi pitch climbing due to the sheer height, sports and trad routes, and to cap it all, a truly breathtaking view from the top (600 feet).

Adventure with a view across a field full of blooms. What else can you ask for?

 

* As of 1 August 2018, Crazy Horse will be closed till further notice. Do your research!

 

In our last post, we shared what you need to know about altitude sickness. While it is a possibility with high altitude hikes, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful trek.

High altitude hikes and treks can be exhilarating experiences with breathtaking views, clean crisp air, and a physical achievement that you will never forget. It doesn’t have to be as intense as climbing a continent’s tallest peak (although we encourage that also!), it could be an overnight camping trip with a sunrise summit.

For all hiking adventures, you will need a base level of fitness and a bit of training to make sure you are prepared, but more so for activities at higher altitudes. Most people begin to feel the effect of the altitude at around 2400m (8000ft) – some shortness of breath or tiring more easily is common.

Our bodies can adjust to this altitude change as long as we take the right approach.

 

Training

So how do you prepare for your high altitude adventure, even if you don’t live near mountains? Follow a simple training plan! Aerobic activity improves your body’s use of oxygen. Activities that improve your aerobic fitness, such as running, cycling, and swimming, can be done no matter where you live.

It is best to start at least 2 to 3 months before your trip (perhaps more if you’re planning a several day trek above 4200m/14,000ft). Here are a few training tips to help you prepare:

  • Running or Cycling. Run or bike 3-4 times per week. Gradually build up your endurance by increasing your distance each time, and choosing steeper hills to climb. The last few weeks before your trek, you can train with 5-6 kg in your backpack to benefit you even more.
  • Interval training. Increase the intensity for 1-2 training sessions per week. If running, do sprints uphill, walk down, and repeat 5 times. You can also run stairs in segments of high and lower intensity (sprint up 4 flights, walk up 2 flights, sprint again, repeat). A stairmaster machine in the gym is also good.
  • If possible, go for a hike with the shoes and pack you will be wearing on your trek. This could be in a local park, or just outside of town (even better if there are hills or it’s a bit higher). Start with a light pack the first week, and add weight as the time for your trek grows near so you train with the weight you will be carrying on the trek.
  • Deep, slow, and controlled breathing help you use oxygen more efficiently on the trail. Attend a yoga class a few times per week with a focus on breathing techniques. An added benefit is finding your zen!
  • Remember that muscle recovery is important, so plan your training for 5-6 days per week, then give your body and mind a day to rest.
  • Be sure to eat well to fuel your training, as well as your trek. Protein helps fuel and build our muscles, and carbohydrates and healthy fats give us energy. Fuel up with healthy food, and train hard to achieve your goals!

 

Adjusting When You Are There

When planning your trip, remember to plan a day or two at your starting point to allow your body to acclimatize before you start the hike. When you arrive, go for short walks, drink lots of water (hydration is essential!), eat well and get a good night’s sleep. Many times 24 hours is all that is needed to adjust, but take care to listen to your body. We will cover more on successfully completing a high altitude hike in our next blog.

While exercise is always good for us, training prepares us to reach a goal. So choose a goal, and start training for your next breathtaking adventure!

What’s your goal? A great one would be joining us to summit Mount Khuiten in the majestic Altai Mountains this August. For more info click here: https://www.wildfirexpeditions.com/tours/altai-mountains/ or email us at info@wildfirexpeditions.com

It is already June and the year is moving quickly in 2018.  What have you been up to?  Kept your New Year’s resolution to get in shape and be more active? At Wildfire we have had quite the busy start of the year.

 

Trek the World

We opened the trekking season this year with an amazing trek across Rabbit Pass within the Mt Aspiring national park in Wanaka. Waterfalls, glaciers, cliff faces, and the most stupendous alpine scenery guided our steps – with some weather shenanigans and creative route diversions. To learn our story, check out the Lessons of the Waterfall Blog. We are now in the midst of preparing for a horse trek through the Teredj National Park in the rugged heart of Mongolia.

 

Rock it out

During April and May, our climbers hit the walls hard rediscovering Wolgan Valley (we are now in Australia) with the epic adventure climbs around the former mining town of Newnes. Climbing at its best, trad with warm rock and beautiful weather. We have some incredible memories of the multi-pitch days!

 

Back in Singapore, our regular Intro to Rock climbing and Abseiling sessions (held outdoors of course) were once again sellouts. We are especially proud of Jasmine.  She followed her passion for rock from Dairy Farm to the sunflower fields of Lopburi, Thailand where she tackled 6a climbs! On the beautiful limestone cliffs of Khao Jeen Lai, our instructors held a climbing clinic for those who aspired to climb all day.

 

Sun, sea, sand

Moving to the ocean front, Michael, our Chief of Fun, stashed away with a group of island rats in a secret island, a short 2 hours from Singapore. A weekend of unwinding and unplugging. Swimming, frisbee and BBQ on the beach – sans wifi (gasp!) . Check out this awesome vid and be sure to join the next one!

 

Going underwater, as we write, our divers are enroute to Sipadan. The destination requires no introduction (it’s only one of CNN Travel’s Asia top 10 dive site) but if you want one anyway, check out the account of our maiden trip.

So 2018 got off to a rollicking start. What’s next you ask? Well, plenty….. Dragon’s Spine, Holy ridge, Secret Islands, adventure climbing, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand. Excited yet? Check out our website for the latest offerings and continue to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup and subscribe to our newsletter to live vicariously through us.

Live your life with passion!

Patrick and the Wildfire team!

A picture is worth a thousands words! So here are about 10,000 words worth of amazing pics from our recent rock climbing trip to Lopburi, Thailand! Awesome job Amy and Jasmine!

Jasmine in awesome form!

 

Nice Abseil Techniques!

 

Getting Safe to switch to an Abseil!

 

6a Climb, No Problem!

 

Practice Practice Practice!

 

Climb First with Your Eyes!

 

Lesson Time

 

A great day out!