Krabi Part 2

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Pai Noon Mai

Shirley on pitch 5 of Pai Noon Mai.

Over the next few days we climbed a few more lines including The Big Wave (5-pitch 6b…soft) in Tonsai and Pai Noon Mai (5 pitch 6b+…softer but very scenic) on Phi Phi Don Island, a 90-minute ferry ride away. Our limited schedule was further trimmed by one rainy and one very rainy day. We made one boat trip to the Ao Nang Tower but the waves were too high that day and the boat man could not deposit us onto the rock. Our post-climb hours were spent eating, drinking, and spending time with Shirley’s Mom. This is probably the first climbing trip where we’ve gained weight.

Photos

Dragon Fruit

The beautiful looking (& good tasting) dragon fruit with some papayas and a piece of a pineapple in the background for scale (Jan. 2013).


Big Wave

Leading pitch 2 of Big Wave on the Monkey World Wall (Jan. 2013).


Big Wave

Shirley topping out on pitch 2 of Big Wave (Jan. 2013).


Big Wave

Tonsai Beach from somewhere on the Big Wave route. A muggy, drizzly day in Jan. of 2013.


Big Wave

Shirley following pitch 3 of Big Wave – the climbing on this route gets funner with elevation (Jan. 2013).


Big Wave

Shirley belaying me on the fourth pitch of the Big Wave route (Jan. 2013).


Big Wave

Leading the final pitch of Big Wave – a short and steep 6b jug-haul (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A supply boat on Railay West beach (Jan. 2013).


Railay

Fresh coconut juice…too hot and too many culinary distractions to really put in a lot of milage on the rock (Jan. 2013).


Railay

Probably one of our favorite trips in terms of culinary experience…this is Railay East. Theme of the trip was some 5.10 climbing with a whole shitload of 5.13 eating. First time we gained weight on a trip as well I think (Jan. 2013).


Railay

Rainy day activity in Railay…playing with the local cats (Jan. 2013).


Railay

Killing time in a coffee shop on a rainy day in Railay. The omnipresent local cats provide the entertainment (Jan. 2013).


Phi Phi Don

The Ao Nang Princess (ferry) making at stop off of Railay Beach on her way to the Phi Phi Don (island).


Phi Phi Don

Cool looking rock islands in the Andaman Sea between Railay and Phi Phi Don (Jan. 2013).


Phi Phi Don

A slightly overloaded Ao Nang Princess ferry en route to Phi Phi Don island. We learned on this boat that the continent of Europe produces more assholes per capita than any other place (non-scientific survey…Jan. 2013).


Phi Phi Don

More funky looking islands in the Andaman Sea (Jan. 2013).


Phi Phi Don

Tonsai Tower on Phi Phi Don island (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Leading the first two pitches of Pai Noon Mai route on the Ton Sai Tower on Phi Phi Don. Easy (5) but very fun climbing. We were somehow reminded of the lower pitches of Wolf Rock’s Barad Dur (if easier; Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Shirley following the pretty third pitch (6b+) of Pai Noon Mai. Some athletic moves were required for me at the start to overcome the overhanging terrain (lots of bolts and plenty of jugs however). There’s a Czech team waiting their turn at the belay (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

A long-tail boat gliding through the turquoise waters near Phi Phi Don (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Pitch 4 topout (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Shirley on pitch 5 (our final) of Pai Noon Mai on Ton Sai Tower (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Looking towards the isthmus of the island of Phi Phi Don from high on Pai Noon Mai route (Jan. 2013).


Pai Noon Mai

Topping out on the Pai Noon Mai route. Two pitches remain to the top but they go by a different route name per King Climbers guidebook and are out of our league in any event…


Phi Phi Don

Enjoying some local rum on the ferry ride back to Railay from Phi Phi Don…the stuff was recommended by some Czech climbers we met on the climb (not bad esp. for the 150 Bhat price).


Phi Phi Don

Shuttling back to Railay from the Phi Phi Don ferry (Jan. 2013).


Thaiwand Wall

The incredible looking Thaiwand Wall with Railay West beach on the left. Think most routes that tickle the top of this thing (left side face visible in profile) are unfortunately out of our league (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A bit of light shopping in Railay…the place we stayed at was nice and folks working there were very helpful (esp. with Shirley’s Mom) but occasionally would forget to restock TP (Jan. 2013).


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