What we do?

Ace Adventure is an adventure outfitter based in Singapore. Founded in 1999, Ace Adventure has become the benchmark of quality in the adventure community. We organise outdoor adventure activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and mountain climbing to bring people together; to help participants develop teamwork and leadership skills as individual and as a team. We have established a good reputation for promoting and organising adventure races, build temporary and portable adventure rope course for events and carnivals.

To expand the work of Ace Adventure, Ace Adventure Expeditions (AAE) was formed to lead guided expeditions to the Himalayas, the seven summits and all around Asia. AAE also offers support for non-guided expeditions to individuals and groups. We understand that being a leading adventure outfitter is not only about offering quality services, but about helping each individual achieve their personal goals.

IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge 2015

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Come 25th Feb 15, the IWD Kilimanjaro all-women team will embark on their journey to climb to the roof of Africa. This is the first 5000m climb for all the 5 female participants. The ladies want to make a statement. Not a statement about climbing abilities but about creating an awareness to all women, especially Singapore women, to get out of the traditional view that women are fragile physically and psychologically.

The IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge is an Ace Adventure’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day. The objectives are to encourage women to challenge themselves through climbing mountains and to raise fund and awareness for other women.

Please help support the IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge’s fundraising effort by making a donation . Your contribution will go a long way for the girls in Project Pari.

Donation can be made online to :
“Donate to Programme” , “Ace Adventure IWD Challenge 2015 for Project Pari” at this SGGives website link :

https://www.sggives.org/SGGives_P_CharityDetails.aspx?CharityID=599dfbc0-1ed8-4607-9629-3d0a7b384b8d

Cheque donation can be made to:

Zonta Singapore – Project Pari Fund

Sent cheque to:

The Treasurer

Zonta Singapore – Project Pari Fund

c/o SCWO

96 Waterloo Street

Singapore 187967

For more information on Project Pari:
www.zonta-singapore.org/service-projects.html

For more information on Ace Adventure IWD Challenge:

https://www.facebook.com/aaeiwdkiliexp

Via Ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

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Mount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is well climbed by people around the world, including Singaporeans. The highest point on Mount Kinabalu is called Low’s Peak; it lies on the Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Achipelago.

IMG_4429Mount Kinabalu never fails to awe me. I had first climbed it in 1996, and thereafter, I returned to the mountain several times. In 2009, I participated in the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon, and a month after I spent one week on the same mountain to explore the beautiful peaks, engaged in rock climbing and Via Ferrata. It was a rejuvenating experience.

What draws me to return to Mount Kinabalu again and again? It is the scenic views, the fresh air, the elevation, the people, and the idea of getting away from hustling and bustling city life. It is that simple.

I spent a few days on Via Ferrata and I really enjoyed it. It was thrilling, and I must admit, it was scary at first. Frankly, if anything is too easy, you won’t be challenged to do it.

 

So what is Via Ferrata?

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Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations.

The origins of Via Ferrata date back to the nineteenth century, but Via Ferratas are strongly associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. However, many more have been developed in recent years, as their popularity has grown and the tourism benefits have become recognised.

The essence of a modern Via Ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 3 to 10 metres) fixed to the rock. Using a Via Ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. Thus via ferrata allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or need for climbing equipment (e.g. ropes).

Via Ferrata enable the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying the dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, Via Ferrata can be seen as a distinct step up from ordinary mountain walking. Conversely, the modest equipment requirements, ability to do them solo, and potential to cover a lot of ground, mean that Via Ferrata can also appeal to more experienced climbers.

Via Ferrata can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour, to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres or more of ascent), and taking eight or more hours to complete.  You don’t have to go to Italy to experience Via Ferrata. The nearest to Singapore, and will not cost you a bomb, is on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Mount Kinabalu has the world’s highest Via Ferrata at 3,800m above sea level. You trek to the summit of Borneo’s highest peak – Low’s Peak and descent using Via Ferrata; you get the combination of trekking on the traditional route up to the peak and enjoy scenic view from the Crocker Range on Via Ferrata.

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Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

There are 2 types of routes on Via Ferrata that you can choose from.

1. Walk the Torq (WTT)

This is a shorter and simpler version of the Via Ferrata and can be completed leisurely within 2-3 hours. Length of route is only 430m. You’ll get to try out a few obstacles such as the 2 cable Monkey bridge & Balancing beam.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

2. Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC)

This is the more challenging and tougher route. The distance is about 1.2km, almost 3 times longer than the “Walk the Torque” route. You’ll need an estimated 4-6 hours to complete this. The low peak circuit will eventually connect to the walk the torque and hence you won’t miss out on anything.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

You don’t have to be a super human to climb a mountain, not to mention to experience Via Ferrata. There will be a practical training session before you make an attempt on the Via Ferrata. From training to the actual attempt, the entire process will be conducted and supervised by Mountain Torq Ferrata Trainers. Having scaled a couple of 8000m peaks and a climbing instructor myself, I am impressed with the Trainers’ dedication to safety and the welfare of the trekkers. Because the safety aspect was already taken care of, I could focus on creating my own new experiences on Mt Kinabalu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can sign up for Via Ferrata based on the number of days you want to spend in the mountains. Here are your options:

4D/3N Via Ferrata Walk-The Torq (WTT)

Day 1 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Meals on your own
Day 2 Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Packed Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3 Summit climb – VF WTT – descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu townOvernight at 3* Hotel Supper before summit climb / Breakfast after summit climb*Lunch & Dinner on your own
Day 4 Depart Kota Kinabalu Breakfast
Cost: 2 pax – S$690 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax

You can upgrade from VF Walk The Torq to 5D/4N VF Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC) with a top up fee at S$260 per pax

Day 1 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Meals on your own
Day 2 Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Packed Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3 Summit climb – VF LPC – Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Supper before summit climb/ Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4 Descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Breakfast
Day 5 Depart Kota Kinabalu Breakfast
Cost: 2 pax – S$690 per pax + S$260 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax + S$260 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax + S$260 per pax

Do contact me or my colleagues at Ace Adventure Expeditions for your Via Ferrata climb on Mt Kinabalu.  You can pick your preferred dates to travel; we will assist you with all the other arrangement. Email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Why we climb

Climb ON!

Joanne Soo
ACE ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS
 
Source:
wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_ferrata
Mount Kinabalu Ferrata