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Preparing to Save Lives, Three Triangles at a Time

20100929_first_aid_refresher_001At CMRCA, nothing is more important than safety.  Last week the CMRCA instructor team worked their way through a day-long wilderness first aid refresher.  Led by Instructor John Hovey, they reviewed essential wilderness first aid systems and practiced key skills.  Four assistant instructors also earned their CPR certification from the American Red Cross.

CMRCA is committed to upholding the highest levels levels of safety and training.  One year ago, we hosted a full week Wilderness First Aid course for all our staff.  We might be break dancing in C Collars, but we are really serious about first aid!

The next Wilderness First Aid course in Chiang Mai will be in February or March.  Contact CMRCA if you are interested in participating.

Read more about what CMRCA is doing to uphold and promote international safety standards!

ISDSI Celebrates Growth, Challenge, and Adventure!


After three weeks in northern Thailand, the students on this semester’s International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) program have experienced quite a lot: living with host families, riding in songthaeows, learning to speak Thai, and even enduring brutal CrossFit training.  Perhaps after navigating Chiang Mai’s public transportation and doing untold thousands of pushups, pulling themselves across a Tyrolean Traverse beneath the soaring, beautifully featured ceiling of Anxiety State Crisis cave seemed like a walk in the Sunday Market.  In any case, we weren’t surprised to see ISDSI take on every challenge with an incredible level of determination and enthusiasm!

Everyone showed exemplary personal leadership and teamwork throughout the day.  We were especially impressed by your ambitious goal-setting and willingness to engage in personal growth.  From the fisherman handshakes to the tops of the climbs, it was a truly outstanding day!

We love working with ISDSI — not just because of our special fondness for five-letter acronyms.  CMRCA is proud to contribute to the powerful leadership and learning experiences that you create every semester.  We look forward to seeing you in the coming months and hearing about your adventures in the rest of Thailand!  Climb ON!

Let the Love Rain Down

10092010_isdsi_tr-tyr_014CMRCA is busy with program after exciting program as student groups come back to Thailand.  We’re delighted to report that the Chiang Mai region is a safer, greener, cleaner, and more interesting destination than ever.  Monsoon rains bring the jungle roaring to life, local markets are bustling whatever the weather, and we still can’t think of a place more suited to experiential education, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure.

Also, this just in: AirAsia, the continent’s largest low-cost airline carrier, announced that they will make Chiang Mai their third hub in Thailand.  This means more affordable direct flights from more cities around Southeast Asia… which means you’re that much closer to an unforgettable group adventure.

Contact CMRCA to find out more about what makes northern Thailand perfect for outdoor education and service leadership!  The love and the learning are pouring down this rainy season.

What kind of experience will you create?

Kardinia Climbs High

20100901_kardinia_tr-tyr_012Nothing was out of reach for Kardinia International School yesterday, as they climbed to the top and rappelled / abseiled to the bottom of Crazy Horse Buttress in Chiang Mai.

Thrilling outdoor adventures, focused safety training, personal growth and community leadership were all part of the program as this energetic group flew from one high-impact activity to the next.

Thanks, Kardinia!  We wish you the best for the rest of your time in Thailand and look forward to seeing you create an even better experience next time.  Climb ON!

Rainy Season Rockstars

20100827_isv_tr-tyr_17Thanks to the beautiful ladies of ISV for another fantastic rock climbing and caving adventure!  While monsoon weather rolled across the green hills of northern Thailand, CMRCA and a group of unstoppable International Student Volunteers slipped into the great Anxiety State Crisis Cave for a huge and challenging day of rock climbing, rappelling, and flying high on our signature Tyrolean Traverse.

Your positive energy and attention to teamwork made this one of the best rainy days we’ve ever had.  We hope you continue to create powerful experiences during your service work.  Climb ON!!

Climbing Into The Mouth of Crazy Horse!

20100808_tr-tyr_isv_07CMRCA joined with International Student Volunteers to create an AWESOME day on the rocks this week!! Under a beautiful, blue sky, students climbed, caved, and rappelled on an exploration of the stunning Crazy Horse Buttress.  Contact us to customize your own experience!


Climb ON!


ISV Rocks Crazy Horse Again!

20100730_ultimate_rope_and_rock_adventure_isv_17Thank you to another incredible group from ISV.  Each time we work with another group from ISV we are continually amazed at their passion and commitment to responsible tourism and personal development.  You rocked our Ultimate Rope and Rock Adventure!  It was an inspiration to work with all of you to create such an amazing day.  Thank you for pushing your limits with us and helping us to push ours too!  We wish you the best on the remainder of your Thailand adventure!  Come back and visit us soon and don’t forget out and create the experience of a lifetime!

Climb ON!

Featured Video: Ultimate Rope and Rock Adventure

July 14, 2010

What does it feel like to be part of one CMRCA’s acclaimed experiential education programs?  Find out in this short video featuring Yew Chung Internationals School students on a classic Ultimate Rope and Rock Adventure!

Find more about outdoor education, community service, and adventures with CMRCA by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

Educators and Adventurers: Don’t Miss the Wonderful Thailand Trade Show!

June 29, 2010

sidewalk_banner_studentAre you ready to take education out of the classroom and into a new world of inspiration and adventure?  Come and visit CMRCA at the Wonderful Thailand trade show July 8-11 in Bangkok!  CMRCA specializes in providing customized, high-impact outdoor adventure and global leadership programs throughout Asia.  Tell us what your school or group is looking for, and we will work with you to design programs that are outstanding, affordable, and unique.

Whether it’s a fun, social day of rock climbing for the senior class or a week-long expedition focusing on community involvement and cultural exchange, we guarantee that we will exceed your expectations.  Email to set up an appointment, or just swing by booth C173 (near the bouldering wall) and say hello!

See you at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center:

Summer Adventure Camps in Chiang Mai!

Are you looking for something new and adventurous to enhance your summer experience?

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) is offering a series of 4-day climbing camps that will give you all the skills you need to become an explorer in the vertical world.  Camp will begin with a session at CMRCA’s indoor bouldering wall, located in the heart of Chiang Mai’s Old City.  In the afternoon we will travel 35 km east of the city to Mae On, where we will camp in the shadow of Crazy Horse Buttress.  We will spend the next two full days climbing on world-class limestone, exploring ancient caves, and learning skills necessary to become a climber.  We will also visit local hot springs and sacred caves, practice “jungle survival” cooking techniques, tell stories around the campfire, and sleep under the stars.

CMRCA’s Rock Climbing Summer Camps have been designed for students ages 15-18.  Advanced climbing camp may be offered later in the summer, as an extension of this introductory session.

Tentative Camp Dates: 23-26 July, 2-5 August.

Contact for more information and pricing.


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