I have been climbing in the Philippines for the last 4 months. There is a small climbing community here that shares all of thier gear. Literally one rope (ancient), 16 quickdraws , a couple harnesses, a few belay devices, and a few different pairs of worn out shoes.
Sad to say it but the country is in extreme poverty (way worse than what I experienced traveling to Tijuana Mexico. They do make use of gear that I would have long ago retired.
I have donated one climbing rope, one belay device, and 10 quickdraws. As well as the gear that I climb with myself. They are all very friendly and it feels like climbing at home.
If anyone has it in their heart to donate used gear please post up. I know that lots of us bought gear that we dont use (for example I have a belay tube device but use my ATC while the tube device sits in the bin, and old D biners that go unused since I upgraded to wire gate biners). I can provide a contact address as well as provide photographic evidence that the gear ended up in the hands of the needy climbers I am asking on behalf of.
The items most in need are shoes, harnesses, belay devices, carabiners or quickdraws, and rope. However bolts and hangars would be put to good use as well.
I may have some belay pieces and other misc stuff that is in pretty good shape to donate. You got an address out there??? You should get on a Swedish climbing blog. Swedes are heading to that area in hordes these days and they may be able to deliver stuff. Just a thought.
Old rope can be used to sling huecos (they call them "through and throughs here). The old biners can be used on anchor stations (right now all but the most used anchors are bolt hangers WITHOUT quicklinks or rap rings and they have been rapping off of them).
Here is my address for those who would like to contribute:
Eric Coffman zone 1-002 Dumlog Talisay City, Cebu Philippines zip code 6000
By Salamanizer Administrator From Vacaville Ca. Nov 17, 2012
Sounds to me like Mountainlion is Erics wife and not a separate avatar for the same person.
Pictures of your decrepit gear situation and people climbing on said gear in the Philippines would help distill some trust. With trust in where peoples donations are going and how they're to be used I'm sure the community could scrounge up a pretty hefty rack.
But if you're not willing to put in the little bit of work to make that happen, well...
I also have a thread "spread the climbing wealth. Please" on supertopo.
The first package is estimated to arrive on Nov. 20 I will have a trip report ASAP on the gear distribution and use. I understand it is difficult to trust people you don't know especially over the internet.
Eric- thanks for getting this together. From my experience the most concerning aspect of Cantabaco is that some of the anchors are rings, on rope, with the rope threaded directly through sharp hangers.
Some gear, like carabiners/draws, are available here in limited quantity and extreme expense (+50-100% of US price). And some gear is just not possible to get here - shoes, rope, hangers. The result is that, while some climbers from the city or Manila (or travelers like me) have good gear, there is a lot of bad gear in people's racks and on the wall.
I'm here for 2 months for business, and I was expecting a crag good for a visit or two - maybe some interesting onsights. Instead I found a small but high-quality crag with engaging routes from 5.10+ to 5.13d/14a. There is significant breadth and depth in the 11, 12, and low 13 range. I feel truly lucky to have found this place.
This year, around 100 climbers passed through at some point during the event. Most were from other islands, though some came as far away as California or in my case, Maine :)
In conclusion, your donations are exceedingly welcome, and will be put to use at an exceptional crag. Eric may be a relative newcomer to the crag, but he's consulting with some of the original developers and current locals to make the best use of the new gear.
This thread gives me so many warm fuzzy feelings about the international climbing community. WOOO CLIMBERS!
Thanks Rajiv excellent post! I have received lots of donations to help with the gear shortage. We still are in dire need of hangers to replace the existing hangers that need replacement. I am trying to get hangers donated and if anyone has a connection for hangers or glue-in bolts it would be greatly appreciated.
Bumping this thread for now. My wife and I are thinking of doing our honeymoon in PI this coming September after I realized how cheap it is to stay at resorts there + finding that there is climbing in the PI. Anyways, I wanted to start up this thread again because I want to bring as much stuff with me to the PI this September to donate to the local climbing community (2 check in luggage at 50lbs each). I just want to see if there are people still out there willing to donate if I can contact the right people in the PI and see what kind of gear they still need. I will personally donate my 70m rope and couple quick draws. I'm willing to bring the gear with me to save on the shipment for it to get there. I'm going to try to start up a donation too at my local gym to see what I can come up with.
I know people mentioned about giving stuff to a random person here and not fully trusting them. I know people here that can vouch for me if that comes to mind.
Again this is just me thinking. I still have to verify with the wife if PI and Cambodia are our go to spot.