Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Rock-climbing festival at Fairy Caves

KUCHING: Rock On 3, a natural rock-climbing festival held together with Pesta Fairy from tomorrow until Aug 12 at Fairy Caves will appeal to people from all walks of life.

Organised by sports climbing enthusiasts Malcolm and Eunice Jitam from Outdoor Treks and Adventures and Alex Holke, Rock On 3 will see climbers from around the world tackle the limestone face of the Fairy Caves for the third year running.

“We will be joined by climbers from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and a strong contingent from Sabah,” said Malcolm.

Besides serious climbers are about 30 beginner climbers and 10 junior climbers, aged 13-14 years old, taking part in the festival.

The initiative by the Ministry of Tourism in 1998 to develop sports and adventure tourism in the state saw an Australian team of climbers bolting about 30 routes along the Batman Wall, one of the rock-climbing walls at Fairy Caves.

From 2008 onwards, Holke bolted 30 more routes with the help of other local climbers.

“Once we reach 100 routes, we will qualify as an international rock-climbing destination,” Malcolm said.

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