Mad Rocks presents Khon Kaen International Bouldering Festival 2019 (#KKBF2019), organized by Khon Kaen Climbing Club (KKCC). We are a group of local and international climbers united by passion for climbing and the development of climbing in Khon Kaen. Proceeds from ticket sales and money raised from the festival will go toward climbing fund in Khon Kaen.
This year, the festival takes place at Zoolander bouldering area, a new area at the Khon Kaen Zoo, in Khon Kaen province, Northeastern Thailand. We are authorized by the Zoo Organization to host KKBF2019 at Khon Kaen Zoo. Not only animal exhibits and wildlife conservation research center of rare breeds, the zoo is also a place that has hundreds of sandstone boulders with great potential. We hope that this area will soon become an international bouldering destination. We started developing of Zoolander bouldering area in Nov 2017. The opening of this area in Jan 2018 has attracted hundred of climber from all over the world, which helped us developed a range of problems from V0-V11 and potentials for harder projects. As of Aug 2018, we have listed 9 sub-sections, with about 500 boulders, with nearly a thousand lines and counting. This year’s event is intended to be better than ever, with new areas, new problems and more participants! With the help of our sponsors, our festival will bring more than 100 climbers to Zoolander for a 3-days 2-nights of climbing, camping, adventure, fun, challenges and friendship. Our goal is to make Zoolander a climbing destination in Southeast Asia, offering a platform for meeting, learning and sharing climbing experiences and the outdoor activities.
*No pet is allowed in the zoo area.
Friday Jan 18th, 2019 – Join our registration and opening ceremony.
Saturday Jan 19th, 2019 – The competition will start in the morning at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. The area offers many boulders with hundreds of climbs and many projects, ranging from V0 to v12 and harder project. We welcome to all level climbers, from amateur, semi-pro and pro climbers plus observers.
We climb and compete for fun, friendship, and experience the outdoors.
Saturday evening, enjoy the award ceremony, tasty dinner provided by our sponsors (TBA) at the campsite. ending up with a climber party around the campfire.
Sunday Jan 2oth, 2019. We will offer a climbing clinic, crag clean-up and time for you to climb on your own.
2.KKBF 2019 Schedule
Friday – 18 Jan, 2019
4:00 PM Registration at the campground of Khon Kaen Zoo (see photo below).
6:00 PM Festival opening. Introduction of Khon Kaen Climbing Club, sponsors, rules of competition, environmental conservation and the development of Zoolander bouldering area.
7:00 PM Dinner, provide by our sponsors (TBA).
Campground and a boulder in Khon Kaen Zoo, venue for KKBF2019.
*Please let us know if you are planning to arrive late, we need to know that you are still planning to participate. No registration on the competition day, please.
Saturday – 19 Jan 2019
7:00 AM Breakfast on your own at the canteen on the Zoo property.
8:30 AM Meet at Power Station sector parking lot, Zoolander bouldering area.
Our local climbers will guide you through the boulder field for an orientation and explanation of the area.
9:00 AM Bouldering competition starts
12:00 PM Lunch will be delivered. A lunch box is included in the registration fee and you can specify your dietary restrictions at the registration.
1:00 PM Back on the boulders to your ‘unfinished’ projects
3:00 PM Competition ends and the score cards will be collected.
3:20 PM Participants return to the campsite to rest. If you’d like to go to the Water Park and animal viewing area, the fee is part of the registration.
6:30 PM Award ceremony, winners will be announced and rewarded for their efforts and achievements.
7:00 PM Dinner by our sponsors (TBA). Socializing and Drinks. We will provide water/soda. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at the venue.
8:30 PM Festival party around the campfire.
Sunday – 20 Jan 2019
7:30 PM Breakfast on your own at the canteen of the Zoo.
8:30 AM Climbing on your own. You have 9 sectors and hundreds of boulders to explore and climb.
9:30 AM Activities: You can choose from climbing, crag clean-up, developing new lines or cultural tour of Northeastern Thai silk at Dong Bang Village near by.
12:00 PM Lunch on your own at the canteen of the Zoo.
4:00 PM The 2019 bouldering festival will end and depart for home from Khon Kaen Zoo (unless you decide to stay additional days to climb and establish your own lines, but this is not part of the festival ).
3. Categories and registration fee
We promote sustainable climbing and collaborate with the Zoo organization to insure a no plastic policy. We will provide drinking water at the campground, we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottles if possible (or buy Klean Kanteen from our sponsors!). Our lunch box container will be made from biodegradable materials and will be recycled.
The festival registration fee is based on the following competition categories.
1.1 Semi-Pro (Male/Female) — for climbers who enjoy/anticipate climbing V4 grade and harder
1.2 Recreational (Male/Female) — for climbers who enjoy V0-V4 grade and above
1.3 Youth (Male/Female) — for youth under 16 year-old
1.4 Social Media Attention — Use #khonkaenboulderingfestival, #khonkaenclimbingclub, #KKBF2019 as well as # from our sponsors on instragram and share on facebook.
The winner prizes have yet to be announced. We are working hard with our sponsors to find great prizes for all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each winning-category. Our sponsors include Mad Rock, Black Diamond, Klean Kanteen, Friction Labs, Tokyo Powder Industries and more to come.
Adult Semi-Pro ฿1,190 before 20 Dec 2018, ฿1290 after 20 Dec 2018
Adult Recreational ฿1,090 before 20 Dec 2018, ฿1190 after 20 Dec 2018
Youth <16 yo ฿650 before 20 Dec 2018, ฿800 after 20 Dec 2018
Observer ฿600 before 20 Dec 2018, ฿800 after 20 Dec 2018
*Payment for the festival will be required in THB (฿) or USD ($), either by PayPal or direct fund transfer to our Siam Commercial Bank account in Thailand. Payment information will be sent to your email once you registered.
Part of your festival registration fee goes towards KKCC climbing development fund to promote climbing and outdoor activities in the Northeastern Thailand.
*Pre-registered participant will get a ticket with your name on to use as a 3-day pass to enter the zoo without any further payment require. If you plan to register on 18 Jan at the festival venue, you are responsible to pay the entry fee to the zoo area on your own.
INCLUDED in the registration fee
- 3-days pass for Khon Kaen Zoo during 18-20 Jan 2019 (THB 450 value)
- One lunch on Sat 19 Jan, and potentially two dinners on Fri and Sat.
- Drinking water will be provide at the campground. Bring your refillable bottle to help us reduce plastic waste.
- Registration package of cool stuff provide by KKCC and Merchandise from our sponsors
- KKBF2019 t-shirt. Cool design. Breathable fabric.
- Electronic version of Zoolander Bouldering Guidebook that we spent more than a year of developing
- Climber tag and score card
- Use of our crash pads (limited number, first registered first served, 3 climbers/pad with ฿200 deposit)
- One-way transportation from Khon Kaen Centrum hotel to the zoo on Friday at 2:00 PM on Friday 18 Jan 2019.
- Transportation IN Khon Kaen zoo during 18-10 Jan 2019 between the entrance to a campground and boulder fields. Picking up from either train station or an intersection from the main road to the zoo in the morning is also included.
- Promotion and discount of climbing/outdoor companies
NOT included in the registration fee
- Accommodation. We strongly recommend you to stay in the cabin or camp site at the zoo’s campground. So you don’t have to take a transportation everyday. See ‘Accommodation’ for more detail about booking.
- Health, travel nor accidental insurance. We recommend you to have your own insurance with you.
- Breakfast on any day
As mentioned, we will only provide one-way transportation from Khon Kaen Centrum hotel on Friday at 2PM. Other than that, it is climber’s responsibility to arrive at Khon Kaen Zoo to join the festival. The zoo is 45 min drive from the center of Khon Kaen city. If you wish to take your own transportation, more detail can be found below.
We will provide Songtaew transportation only in and around the zoo area. Picking up from a near-by train station /intersection to the main Mitraphap Road is included.
By public van
From Khon Kaen town, take Khon Kaen city bus*(see detail below) or taxi to Bus Terminal 3 to take a van going to Udonthani. The van leaves every hour or when full from 6:00 to 18:00. The fare is 84 bahts. Do make sure to ask the van driver to drop you off at Kao Suan Gwang intersection, where the zoo is located, otherwise you’ll end up in Udonthani. From the intersection, there will be a free pre-arranged songthaew to take you to the zoo.
Take Khonkaen city bus or taxi to train station. There are 3 trains a day leaving for Kao Suan Kwang at 5:35AM, 9:35AM, and 7:17PM. Bear in mind that this is the cheapest way of traveling (around THB11 each way) but also the most time consuming. When you arrive at Kao Suan Kwang station, look for a free pre-arranged Songthaew to take you to the zoo.
By private van / car
The average price for a van with a driver, fuel excluded is around THB 1,800-2,000 per day depending on negotiation. Car rental is around THB1,200 per day. Khon Kaen Centrum hotel provides both van and car rental. You can also rent a car from Khon Kaen airport.
*Khon Kaen city bus is a bus service running from the airport to and around Khon Kaen city with a real-time update on each running bus. The fare is only THB15 per ride or 99 bahts for a 3-day pass. Visit www.khonkaencitybus.com for more information. Don’t forget to download the “KKTransit” app as it gives you more information on timetable and routes.
The registration fee does not include accommodation. The registration on Jan 18 and festival party on Jan 19 will take place at the campground in Khon Kaen Zoo. We recommend you to stay at zoo campground to minimize your transportation time (and money). We offer lists of accommodation in the zoo at a fair prize. The campground offers log-style cabins, dorm rooms, and a camping with showers. Unfortunately no wifi is available but there is internet service and calling.
- The log-style cabin = THB 800 for 2-3 person. Including hot shower, air conditioning, fridge, and TV.
Cabin are first come first serve basis. *Sorry. With overwhelming reservation, our cabins are sold out with in 3 days of open registration.
- The hostel dorm room = THB 250/ adult and THB150 for youth under 16. We will have 3 dorm: male, female, and mix. Ten beds/dorm room and all dorms has air condition. So if you come in a group of 8-10, you could have the whole dorm for you group.
- Camping with a zoo rental tent THB 400/ 2-pp tent, bring your own tent THB150/ 2-pp tent
You can use the bath house or Water Park for shower.
- Access to a Water Park is included in the registration fee. Water Park has 15 m slider and is open daily 10AM-6PM, so bring your swim suit!
Water Park in Khon Kaen Zoo (Photo by Big and Khon Kaen Zoo).
If you wish to stay outside the zoo or at other hotels in Khon Kaen City, you are responsible for your own transportation.
We recommend these hotels that support our climbing cummunities.
- Khon Kaen Centrum Hotel (฿650-1200 for 2-4 pp, including abf)
- Bussarakam Hotel (standard room ฿650, standard room+abf ฿750)
- Charm Boutique Resort (฿850 for 2 pp, including abf)
- Kosa Hotel
- More hotel in Khon Kaen city
You can look for more options using booking.com or hotels.com. The registered participants are responsible to get to Khon Kaen Zoo on your own to join the festival. We can help provide contact information for van and car booking if needed. Please contact us for more info.
6. Online waiver form
Every participant MUST fill in an e-Waiver form. Youth participants under 16 years old must have parental or adult legal guardian signatures on the form. Please remember that your safety is our priority, because of this we ask that you not to try highball problems that could endanger you or your spotters. Any kind of serious injury could jeopardize access to climbing in Thailand, and we would not want to see you hurt. We will have a first-aid team and doctor on-site but please be aware of the dangers of climbing and know that you are climbing at your own risk.
Can’t wait to climb with you at the festival! Any question, please let us know.
Khon Kaen Climbing Club Team (Gavriel, Matt, Wan, Bon, Meta, Noonie, Opor, May, and Joey)
Contact us: https://www.facebook.com/khonkaenclimbingclub/
Tel: +66 62-167-8688 (Wan) / +66 91-056-4201(Gavriel)
We look forward to meeting and climbing with you!