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Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader BlogsEmmanuel Lacoste, Eman to most, was 13 years old and hiking in Pinnacles National Monument the first time he saw rock climbers. A month later he did his first route at Goat Rock State Park on the California Coast and has not stopped climbing since. Emmanuel moved to South East Asia in 2000 and started developing new crags in Okinawa, China, Hong Kong, and now Indonesia. Emmanuel is supported by Black Diamond Asia and Arc'teryx. For more about Eman follow his personal blog at: class5photos.blogspot.com;check out his Okinawa climbing page: okinawaclimbing.com and see more of his photos at: alamy.comGet the RSS Feed

Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 711/22/10 - Cantabaco, Cebu, Philippines - Like most of Asia, climbing in the Philippines isn’t very documented. Most information is shared via word of mouth, and a few pamphlets are created to help climbers find specific routes once they arrive at the area. Unlike the well-documented Tonsai in Thailand, the Philippines doesn’t have a guidebook, and only recently did some climbers finally put together a website with basic information. When it comes to climbing and vacationing in the Philippines, Cebu should be at the top of climber’s list. Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 69/14/10 - Southeast Asia Climbing - I just spent a week climbing about Tonsai and Railey and southern Thailand and was surprised at how many of southeast Asia’s climbing areas are still unheard of by travelers. Several of the climbers I met were on extended trips in Southeast Asia and were shocked to hear that the area they just left had climbing. I have to admit, after ten years of living in Asia, I should realize that information is hard to find. Most areas I know about I learned via word of mouth. The information trickles in, but it’s very limited. Many of the areas have tiny local guidebooks, but they are not readily available. Even the World Wide Web doesn’t help unless you know about a specific area already.Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 53/30/10 - Hong Kong is not on my vacation list, but when the school sent me to a conference there, I decided to spend the rest of my vacation visiting old friends, showing my wife the sights, and, most importantly, climbing on some great granite. I have to admit, the crimps and slabs of Hong Kong were a welcome relief after climbing on Asia’s tropical limestone for nearly a year.Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 41/26/10 - Non-Climbing Friends - It’s my third year working here. My co-workers have learned not ask what I’m doing this weekend, break, or vacation. The question isn’t what are you doing, but where are you going climbing. My co-workers don’t take long to understand my obsession. My wife, who also climbs like to tell our non-climbing friends, “a fish swims, Eman climbs.”Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 38/24/09 - The Internationals - Every parking space has a car parked in it, so we pull off to the side of the road. The scene is pretty much the same every weekend. Men, women, and children of various shapes and sizes check and double-check their gear, before they burden their backs with the heavy load. My wife or other climbing partner looks at me, “Scuba diving is too much work,” one of them will usually say.Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 27/03/09 - A Foreigner in Guangzhou, China - “Quoi!”  “Quoi!” yelled belayers to their climbers all around me. Finding the 25 climbers, 15 routes, and three ropes was a joy. Their gear lay in a community pile, which resembled the communist culture these Cantonese climbers lived in. One owns the quickdraws, the other a rope and they met at the cliffs to climb together, if one couldn’t make, then the other borrowed his gear or didn’t climb.Emmanuel Lacoste - Reader Blog 15/29/09 - Geese, Mopeds and a Cloud of Dust: Stalking the White Cliffs of China - I’ve done some climbing. I’ve been cold, hungry and scared, but my first climb in The People’s Republic was all that, with some rustic flavor thrown in. It's my third week in China, and my climbing partner heard a rumor of some cliffs north of us. Based on only a sparse description and a very small photo, I quickly agree to spend my weekend looking for China's next climbing Mecca. It’s like that.

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