QX - AMGA Certified Rock Guide - SPI provider - Wilderness First Responder
Kelly - AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor - Apprentice Rock Guide - Wilderness First Responder
Kelly and I are AMGA certified instructors from Singapore and have been climbing in Long Dong since 2010. In 2015, we established The Bivy, the first climbers' hostel around Long Dong, which is also the base where we run and manage our guiding business. Our love for climbing has taken us all over the world, from El Capitan in Yosemite to sandstone splitters in Liming, China. We love to share our passion for rock climbing with you and show you the beautiful coast of Long Dong, Taiwan through adventuring and outdoor education.
GUEST GUIDE, AMGA CERTIFIED SPI, AMGA ASSISTANT ROCK GUIDE, Wilderness First Responder
Ooan has been working for more than 10 years as a climbing guide and group program facilitator for Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures.
He has been trained in Thailand as well as in the United States. Since 2015, Ooan is following the AMGA course to become a certified AMGA Rock Guide. This course gave him the opportunity to experience different climbing terrains in the US and perfecting his skills by learning from the best climbing guides in the industry.
His experience with climbers of different abilities, age and culture gives him an unparalleled ability to understand and create your perfect climbing experience.
Ooan has completed both the AMGA Rock Guide Course and Advanced Rock Guide Course, and is looking forward to take his exam to become a AMGA certified Rock Guide.
GUEST GUIDE, AMGA CERTIFIED SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR
When Mervil transitioned to college, he discovered running. He was not sure if he was running
towards a goal or running away from something. He just ran and he loved it. Then he discovered climbing. For whatever reasons, few years prior to discovering climbing, he signed up for a mountaineering club in his university.
It may have seemed like serendipity. But it was simple probability. He put himself in the path of good things and good things did happen. He spent the first few years of his climbing life learning the ropes. And quickdraws, and belay devices, etc. He forgot to ration his passion.
One day, Mervil just ended up as a climbing guide in Cat Ba, Vietnam. After working with Asia Outdoors for half a year, he hopped on a plane that brought him to Asia Pacific Adventures in Hong Kong. It marked the start of him working seasonal jobs and splitting his time between multiple countries in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. The technical and climbing skills he learned, he brought back to his local climbing community.
The teaching skills learned as a mentor for his local community, Mervil brought into his guiding and teaching jobs. It was a positive loop that accelerated his maturity as a climber and a climbing guide. As he went through peaks and valleys, he found himself staring at another peak: Becoming an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. Being an AMGA instructor brought him to a new mental state. He learned a lot and discovered that there is so much more that he wants to learn. It is this guided curiosity that defines his path as a freelance outdoor professional.
Mervil is also the author of Cebu Philippines Rock Climbing Guidebook.
Hi, I’m Chongchong. I’m the greeter and security guard/bouncer at The Bivy (I passed my 6-month probation some time back). I’m now under training to carry climbing gear to the crags, so far I’ve been carrying climbing shoes and chalk bags, on top of my own water and leash. Fit Bivy staff gets more food at the end of the day. I hope to undertake more duties like throwing the trash and cleaning the toilets in the new year. Belly rubs and hikes are my favourite activities. I hope to be a AMGA SPI candidate one day!
Chong Chong 虫虫
PR DIRECTOR, DISTRACTION MANGER