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mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 1, 2012 - 06:50am PT
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.

Thanks Eric Coffman
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Oct 1, 2012 - 07:06am PT
Good on you taken charge. How are the Philippines with customs at the post office. Only ask because in Indonesia, that is big factor.

On aside note, have you climbed in Cebu? Hope to get there one day soon.

Eman
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 07:16am PT
Eman I live in Cebu (Talisay City) the local crag I climb at is Cantabaco.
I have posted quite a few photos and info on Mountainproject. I haven't posted them on Supertopo because it appeared this site was dedicated to California climbing (am I wrong anyone). Send me a message if you are ever out this way. There are lots of adventures to be had and I would be glad to hook you up with the local community for climbing and caving as well as scuba diving. I don't know about customs but thanks for pointing that out I will check. I had packages shipped to my wife's families home without a problem.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 1, 2012 - 10:17am PT
I have some stuff....let me know the specifics.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 10:23am PT
Yeah, post pictures here!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Oct 1, 2012 - 10:58am PT
I have stuff also.
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 11:21am PT
Here are a few photos of the area.
my wife Elna climbing Vina Kalufa 5.11a
my wife Elna climbing Vina Kalufa 5.11a
Credit: mountainlion
Enie Yonson on Pork Barrel 5.10b
Enie Yonson on Pork Barrel 5.10b
Credit: mountainlion
me leading Itchy Flutterby 5.11b
me leading Itchy Flutterby 5.11b
Credit: mountainlion
Raymund Daculan guiding us through a cave. The cave entrance is on the...
Raymund Daculan guiding us through a cave. The cave entrance is on the
climbing wall with the cave behind it. We explored for 3 hours then rapelled from the top of the crag (one cave exit) and were able to climb the rest of the day.
Credit: mountainlion

I will post more but my computer hard drive is having some issues
and is being worked on. I am using a friends computer loaner and
"saved as" these photos from my facebook page.

Peace Eric
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
10b barefoot! Nice

Lets get these folks some shoes!

Pm me the address I have a couple old pairs that have worn toes but work a lot better than nothing. They will be on slowboat for sure but will get there.
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Oct 1, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
How far is the climbing from the ocean?

I have some stainless steel bolts leftover from a job that are just sitting in my office collecting dust. They are too long for my use (hand drilling in granite), but may be ideal for powerdrilled holes in limestone. Here's what I have:

304 SS Powers Stud bolt 1/2" x 4 1/2" quantity about 30
304 SS Powers 5-Piece 3/8" x 3 1/2" quantity about 20

If the climbing is close to salt air, then you will want to use Ti glue-ins since the chloride environment will rot the 304 SS in short order.

I have a few old ropes, slings, and biners I can donate as well. The ropes would be OK for rapping, top-roping, or cutting up for threading holes in the limestone. One of my co-workers flies into the Philipines to visit his mama about once a year- I may be able to arrange something with him for delivery.

Bob
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
Thanks for all the replies. Here is a little more about the area.

The bolts placed are 3/8 by 3 inches galvanized steel (because they are cheaper)the hangars are mostly Fixe stainless steel. They look to be holding up well as the crag is far enough from the ocean and is overhanging enough the wall can be climbed when raining.

I am trying to educate the locals on the necessity of stainless steel bolts and hangars(as well as the benefits of glue in bolts) if anyone has good photos available depicting corrosion damage to bolts and hangars indicating when they need to be removed please post it. They speak english to varying degrees and it is hard to tell if I make sense to them all the time (JMO).

Unfortunately the overriding factor when making decisions here is based upon cost predominately.

Peace Eric
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Anything collecting dust in your bin could change someone's life here.

The town of Cantabaco surrounds the cliff and climbing area. Groups of children ask me what I am doing (even though I thought it was obvious). They have never seen gear or climbed the rock in their own home.

Think about how climbing has affected your life. I know it is alot to ask
but climbing has given all of us so much.
deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
Oct 2, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
It is NOT,much to ask.
Michelle

Trad climber
she'll make.5 past light speed
Oct 2, 2012 - 08:57pm PT
Message me, I can unload some stuff.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Oct 2, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
I love the idea of helping them out!

I have some shoes and gear, maybe a serviceable rope or two. Any possibility of pooling some gear for cheaper shipping?

deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
Oct 2, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
bump
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Good Idea Jon about pooling gear for cheaper shipping. I have contacted a few shipping companies. The cheapest I have found is LBC Express. They have a shipping/recieving centert about a mile from where I am staying. They come directly to your home/office and it takes about 45 days for the packages to arrive by boat. The box can be large and heavy total cost is $75.
moresnowplease

Sport climber
MAmmoth Lakes, CA
Oct 2, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
I have some stuff and the cause sounds legit for sure.
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2012 - 02:33am PT
Here is a link to the climbing groups Facebook page (it includes most anyone who has visited the cliff from foriegn lands and made friends with
the locals)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/233333453425349/?fref=ts

Thanks for anything that may be donated!
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2012 - 06:58pm PT
Thanks for all the replies!

Let's try to turn this into reality!

Several people have gear they are willing to generously donate.

Is anyone interested in helping out with the shipping of the donated gear?

Thanks Eric
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Oct 3, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
Wondering if you have any military friends who climb with you there. (Would make mail much easier.)
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