James Pearson making the FA of an E8 in the Philippines
Björn Pohl - UKC, Mar 2014
© Ciavaldini/Pearson coll.
James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini continues their perpetual quest for virgin rock around the world. This time they've just come back from the Philippines where they have found a new DWS area.
"A New Climbing Destination in the Philippines : El Nido DWS
Everything began with a simple Google search for "Sea Cliffs, Asia". I stumbled onto several beautiful photos around the island of Palawan, and after many emails and a lot of research, I was sure that nobody had been deep water soloing there before.
Joining James and myself would be Miel Pahati, one of the most accomplished and motivated Filipino Climbers, Francisco Taranto Jr, a multitalented photographer with some of the best rope skills around, and Pablo Scorza, the creator of Biomechanica Funcional Escalada and our therapist with the magic hands. Traveling around by a mix of Sea Kayak and "Banka" boat, in just under 3 weeks we opened dozens of new lines, but choosing only the very best, only the most beautiful.
We DWSed, and we trad climbed too, usually where the water was too shallow.
We only scratched the surface and there are hundreds of routes still to climb, so what are you waiting for... go and check it out for yourself.
For more information, check out Once upon a climb