Welcome to climbers paradise.
At the beginning of November we’ve had enough from our daily work and flew to Bangkok – but also to escape the rainy season in Germany. We found a true climbing mekka in the southern part of Thailand close to Krabi. This place offers athletic climbing right at the sea and tropical humidity with approx. 34 °C (93 °F), great climbing and a never ending sweat because of the daily heat so that no Chalkbag remains dry. Every evening we got rewarded with Thai kitchen and afterwards chillout at the beach with other climbers from all over the world.
Some climbing spots offer very adventurous access, and you better keep an eye on the tides, if you don’t want to stay overnight at the cliff. Once you arrive at the rock, fantastic routes appear with great climbing aesthetics and beautiful surroundings. There helps only one: put on your climbing shoes’s and enjoy climbing Thai rock, sweat without end and climb until your fingers start glowing. The higher you go, the more breath-taking and stunning views of the whole scenery you get.
As known, climbing in general quite often changes ones perspective. This truly takes place here, and because of the great impressions and experiences, one quickly gets the desire to stay here for the rest of its lifetime – doing nothing else than enjoying the daily rhythm of heat, climbing, Thai Massage and Currys. The tropical climate atomises ones senses quickly. And nevertheless: the desire to come back as soon as possible remains – even more if you are back in Germany and caught up in the present.
Let’s see where it is:
Fly into Krabi airport, take the public bus or taxi to Ao Nang Beach and wave down a longtail boat to Ton Sai Bay
Best time of the year:
November to December because of the dry season
French 5 – 8c (mostly 6a/6b – 7b)
Baseclimbs up to 35 m, multi-pitch climbing from 2 – 6 pitches on great limestone
Many belay anchors are set up with ropes on rock tunnels, in between is a reasonable amount of bolts and slings ranging from new to totally rusted – please check out before you start to climb. Mobile devices aren’t necessary.
70 m single rope, at least 12 quickdraws, a few slings to upgrade your belay anchor
Our route highlights:
» Best Route in Minnesota, Humanality, Baby Snake, The Groove Tube, Totem Pole
Shark fillet with spicy curry
» Rock climbing in Railay (www.railay.com)
» Wee Changruas Basecamp Tonsai (www.basecamptonsai.com)
» Thaitanium Project (www.thaitaniumproject.com)