Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE, Part One: The Unclimbed Horn

Hey Vertical Carnivalites! Cedar Here! As you may or may not not I was just in Malaysia for October and had great climbing trip!

After a whirlwind three day travel sequence Lucho and I found ourselves on Tioman Island staring up at the mythical "Dragon's Horns." It was hard to believe that only one of the huge jungle spires had been climbed...until we started the approach...then it made more sense. But after some epic jungle bushwhacking which culminated with me being attacked by giant hummingbird sized wasps, we somehow managed to find our way to the base, and miraculously summited the unclimbed Dragon's Horn on our first full day on the island. The route "Tanoshi Buttress" was a classic 5.10x adventurefest!!! We topped out at night and endured a shiver bivy until about two a.m. when an an impending lightning storm encouraged us to rappel at night. I hope this short video captures some of the magic of our Experience.

We are raising money in the name of our climb for Big City Mountaineers, an awesome program that gets under resourced teens into the wilderness. Programs like these are close to mine and Lucho's hearts and we'd really appreciate even a couple dollars donated in our names.... find out more at SUMMIT FOR SOMEONE

Special Thanks to the folks at Tanoshi Lodge for making our stay a stylish one.

MAJOR PROPS to The North Face for matching the first four grand that Lucho and I can raise for Big City Mountaineers!

Also huge love to Five Ten, BlueWater Ropes, Clif Bar, BackCountry.com, and Black Diamond who helped to make this trip a reality!

We brought two cameras up the climb with us, a tm900 and a gh2, and I shot some of the timelapses with my 5dii. Hopefully you like my edit and original music.

7 comments:

  1. Mean Ole Insects!!! saludos from Ethiopia!

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  2. Thanks Guys! Part two is even better.

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  3. Looks like a pretty wild adventure! Psychingfor part 2!

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  4. Hey John!! Yeah it was pretty crazy... part two is almost finished! Thanks for watching! Cheers!

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  5. Hey dudes!

    I'm so psyched to see this!! I grew up in Malaysia and Singapore, and that island with the Horns was my old stomping grounds for marine biology research trips! there are so many unclimbed rock back in that those parts... Props for surviving (and showcasing) the sweaty, wet, stinking hot-ness that is equatorial Southeast Asia.

    Cheers!
    WJ

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