As different parts of the country still wait to be explored, two European rock climbers took to the island of Palawan to find “inspirational places to climb.” They are British climber James Pearson and his French wife Caroline Ciavaldini, who along with members of the local climbing community moved around on eco-friendly kayaks for a month as part of outdoor products and equipment hub ROX’s (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) “Once Upon a Climb” project.
“The plan to go to the Philippines was thought of eight months ago. It was through Google that we found places in the country that we want to go to, after typing in the search words ‘secret cliffs’ or ‘rock above air’,” North Face athlete Pearson told The Manila Times after holding a talk entitled “Why and What We Climb For” at the ROX Bonifacio Global City.
Ciavaldini added, “We always look for something different. If it’s a place that climbers usually go to, we don’t go there anymore because you can’t tell a story that everyone knows already. Not many people know about rock climbing in the Philippines, so we want to be able to tell the story of the islands and how great the culture, the scenes and its rocks are.”
The couple’s talk aimed to motivate local rock climbing athletes to continue to reach new heights and discover new outdoor sports, be it rock climbing, surfing, or biking. To follow through Pearson and Ciavaldini’s invitation, ROX will host the annual ROX Zero Gravity National Bouldering Competition on March 22 and 23.