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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.
The beautiful looking (& good tasting) dragon fruit with some papayas and a piece of a pineapple in the background for scale (Jan. 2013).
Leading pitch 2 of Big Wave on the Monkey World Wall (Jan. 2013).
Shirley topping out on pitch 2 of Big Wave (Jan. 2013).
Tonsai Beach from somewhere on the Big Wave route. A muggy, drizzly day in Jan. of 2013.
Shirley following pitch 3 of Big Wave – the climbing on this route gets funner with elevation (Jan. 2013).
Shirley belaying me on the fourth pitch of the Big Wave route (Jan. 2013).
Leading the final pitch of Big Wave – a short and steep 6b jug-haul (Jan. 2013).
A supply boat on Railay West beach (Jan. 2013).
Fresh coconut juice…too hot and too many culinary distractions to really put in a lot of milage on the rock (Jan. 2013).
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).
Rainy day activity in Railay…playing with the local cats (Jan. 2013).
Killing time in a coffee shop on a rainy day in Railay. The omnipresent local cats provide the entertainment (Jan. 2013).
The Ao Nang Princess (ferry) making at stop off of Railay Beach on her way to the Phi Phi Don (island).
Cool looking rock islands in the Andaman Sea between Railay and Phi Phi Don (Jan. 2013).
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).
More funky looking islands in the Andaman Sea (Jan. 2013).
Tonsai Tower on Phi Phi Don island (Jan. 2013).
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).
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).
A long-tail boat gliding through the turquoise waters near Phi Phi Don (Jan. 2013).
Pitch 4 topout (Jan. 2013).
Shirley on pitch 5 (our final) of Pai Noon Mai on Ton Sai Tower (Jan. 2013).
Looking towards the isthmus of the island of Phi Phi Don from high on Pai Noon Mai route (Jan. 2013).
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…
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).
Shuttling back to Railay from the Phi Phi Don ferry (Jan. 2013).
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).
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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