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[01 Jul 2007] The Sultan Brunei 001 - The First Sport Climbing Route in Brunei Darussalam

Tedi Ixdiana, a climber from Indonesia, just finish create a sport climbing route in Bukit Batu Bujang Pahang in Brambangan Island, Brunei Darussalam.

He claimed that the route, later given title The Sultan Brunei 001 because the route created in same day of the first day Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah birthday celebration that is July 1 2007, has 5.11b with 14 bolts length about 30m.

Tedi said that the cliff could have about 20 sport climbing routes, with difficulty level vary 5.9-5.13, but unfortunately time available for him has not permited him create more route. The route could be created due to big support from Moh Denos HN Hj Jaya and Shamsul Bahari from Brunei Darussalam Sport Climbing Federation (BSCF). They planned to create more route there in the near coming future, and hope Tedi could participate on it.

We hope with the route Brunei climbing community could be more extend rather than today. Maybe next time Brunei could host international climbing competition and other internasional climbing activities such as course and training. If you will try to enjoy climbing natural rock in Brunei please contact our friends in BSCF.

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[01 Jul 2007] Welcome to Bandar Seri Bagawan 2007

Delegates from SEACF member are coming to Bandar Seri Bagawan to discuss the coming future of Asean climbing activities, the most important one is about climbing in SEA Games. Delegates agreed to participate in ASEAN Climbing Festival that will be held in the same time with SEA Games 2007 in Thailand. The festival will consist judge and route setter course, instructor course, ASEAN Youth Climbing Championship, SEA Climbing Circuit, and SEACF Executive Meeting.

Delegates from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and of course from the host country Brunei Darussalam held the meeting at Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah, Berakas, Brunei Darusallam. Other important points is all member keep going to make contact with their own national olympic committee regarding the movement of climbing in the SEA Games, and we hope when SEA Games held in Indonesia 2009 the dream already realise. SEACF member hope could join Cartenz Pyramid, one of the seven summit in the world, expedition that will be organized by FPTI within this year, and they will make this activity could be used to promote the Climbing in SEA Games Movement.

After the meeting all delagates visit the only one artificial climbing wall in Brunei Darussalam, which built about 1990-s in Tasik Park, Bandar Seri Bagawn. Tomorrow, a delegate from Indonesia (Tedi Ixdiyana) will visit some place for climbing in natural rock and try to set up some new route there. Before go back to Indonesia, Tedi will do the same in Batu Cave suburb of KL, Malaysia.

Thanks to Brunei Darussalam Sport Climbing Federation (BSCF) and all people of beautiful Brunei Darussalam for hospitality and hosted the successful meeting. And see you all in the next meeting in Suphanburi, Thailand in December 2007 during ASEAN Climbing Festival.

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[12 Jun 2007] City of Yogya Series Preparation

City of Yogyakarta still in the preparation process to held two competition in July this year. The end of last week Mr Musa Bin Atan of IFSC-ACC has done inspection of the competition venue, Mr Musa will pass his report to ACC Executive Committee and hope ACC will issue clearance for City of Yogyakarta to held the 2007 Asian Youth Climbing Cup on July 8-10.

Following 2007 Asian Climbing Youth Cup, City of Yogyakarta will held the 2007 SEA Climbing Circuit, for event lead and speed. Etty Hendrawaty, one of well-known speed climber from Indonesia, lives in this city. She has a kid now, and already start to participate in some national level competition.

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[06 May 2007] SEACF Annual Meeting 2007

This year annual meeting will be held in Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei Darussalam. The meeting itself will be held on June 30. Hope all members could attend this impportant event to the future of our organisation.

Agendas that will be disccussed in this one day meeting could be: SEA Games Issue, The Future of SEA Circuit, SEA Climbing Standards, and sport climbing development in other ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Campuchea, and Timor Leste.

Other issues that could be included in the meeting migth be IFSC-ACC meeting 2007 in Japan and the future of sport climbing in Olimpic movement.

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[06 May 2007] Busy Coming Time...

From now on all member of SEACF must be prepared to face a busy times this year. At least there will 3 competition in the July 2007: Asian Youth Climbing Cup in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) July 8-10, SEA Climbing Circuit 2007 1st Leage Yogyakarta 11-12 July and Asian Youth Climbing Championship 2007 Singapore 14015 July.

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[09 Apr 2007] ASEAN Inter-School/University Climbing Championship

In the last year SEACF meeting has decided that SEACF will initiate inter-school/university climbing championship in 2008, abour one year from now.

Objective of the event is to promote climbing in school and campus, that feel very effective so far. Also we believe that our future leader come from school and campus, and hope our leader is climbing lover.

It's mean, this year we have to prepare a team that will compete next year. In the next SEACF meeting in Brunei Darussalam will be decided format of the competition.

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[06 Apr 2007] Sport Climbing in The SEA Games 2007

Thailand Sport Climbing Association (TSCA) still in effort to deal with Thai's National Olympic Committee to include sport climbing the next SEA Games 2007 in Thailand.

In the last SEA Games 2005 in Manila, sport climbing was informal sport exhibition that held in Quizon City of Manila. Since then SEACF never stop in trying to include sport climbing into SEA Games. TSCA has gotten a informal promise from Thai NOC to demo sport climbing in the 2007 SEA Games. This promise must be followed up by other SEACF's members.

To follow up the above, SEACF will held ASEAN Youth Championship 2007 and the second series of the Southeast Climbing Circuit 2007 all the events will be deemed as a demo sport in the 2007 SEA Games.

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[06 Apr 2007] SEACF implement the Southeast Asia Climbing Standards (SEACS).

Six federations members of SEACF have agreed to implement the Southeast Asia Climbing Standards (SEACS) in the ASEAN region start from January 1, 2007. The agreement taken in unschedule meeting was held in Singapore Expo during the UIAA World Cup Climbing 2006 in Singapore.

The SEACS adopted from Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS) that already implemented in Singapore by Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF) since July 1998.

The standards will apply in climbing procedures, equipments and facilities in the sport and adventure. There is possibility that the standards will include climbing activities in commercial field.

The next step in the implementation of the standards is a course for instructors that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2-6. The course will host by Persatuan Mendaki Malaysia (PMM) in Kompleks Belia dan Sukan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

The main objective of the standards is to maintain safety climbing activities among ASEAN climbers. Other objective is to foster climbing development in the region.

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[06 Apr 2007] SEA Climbing Circuit 2007

Yogyakarta has locked for the first series in the SEA Climbing Circuit 2007 host, July 11-12.

The competetion will be held in the City of Yogyakarta, a well-known cultural city in Indonesia beside Bali. Yogyakarta is also has other name as the student city which means cost of living here very affordable for backpacker standard.Yogyakarta could be reach by fligth directly from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and of course Jakarta international airports .

Hopefully climbers from Singapore, Malaysian, Thailand, Filipina, and Brunei Darussalam could participate in this series. Climbers from Australia and New Zealand or other country are also welcome, just contact your local federation to register your name to SEACF.

Yogyakarta's series will held just a day after IFSC-ACC Asian Youth Cup 2007 (July 8-11) in the same venue. Detail of the series will be posted as soon as available.

Due to tigth competition schedule in the world, this year only limited series will be held. After the Yogyakarta's series, SEA Climbing Circuit will go to Bangkok, Thailand at December.

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[06 Apr 2007] ASEAN Climbing Standards in Commercial

SEACF will initiate official meeting toward ASEAN Climbing Standard either in Jakarta or Singapore next August.

Officials from ministry of labour from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Philliines will be invited to the meeting. They will seat in one table with sport climbing federations member of SEACF.

The meeting will try to merge climbing in the sport/adventure activities and industrial activities at other side. Accident rate due to climbing activities in the commercial are very high, it causes most by lack of technical skill of the labour force and lack of equipment provided by the business entreprenuers. The most important objectives of the meeting are to certify people and equipment that are very expensive if we apply CE or US standard which we believe as a factor of less implementation of safety standards in the commercial side in the ASEAN region. Other impact from the meeting is less fortunate sport and adventure climbers could have possibility to a new profession in the commercial field such as to be work-at-heigth supervisors and the like.

SEACF will propose Southeast Climbing Standards as a formal standard within ASEAN region for both sport/adventure, and commercial fields.