Krabi Part 3

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Happy Island

Final day in Railay.

The final day turned out to be drizzly but we were itching to get one more climb in. We headed back to the Ao Nang Tower and climbed the Orange Chandeliers, a 3-pitch 6c route that did not seem soft to us. It also overhangs enough to stay mostly dry in the rain. Somebody had to hang on some bolts on the crux pitch. Spectacular line and the fact that you start from the long-tail boat and then rap into it on the way down makes it unforgettable. We were hoping to get one more sea stack climb in but of course we ran out of time. Painfully long trip home was made a bit more interesting by a missed approach at SFO and misplaced reservations on the final (domestic) leg. Will we go back? I’m not sure – the cultural aspects were great (esp. Lopburi) and the food was amazing but the climbing …well, it’ll probably be a while.

Photos

Long Nosed Whip Snake

What is this twig?


Long Nosed Whip Snake

A long nosed whip snake we found crossing a trail. Apparently mildly venomous in a bee sting sort of a way. As is apparently common for her species (reliance on camouflage vs. speed), this one was indeed slow and seemed totally unperturbed by my camera (Jan. 2013).


Tonsai

No cars on the entire Pra-Nang Peninsula…nowadays anyway (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Approaching the beautiful Ao Nang tower. Orange Chandeliers (3-pitch, 6c) route climbs the face visible in profile on the left (Jan. 2013).


Ao Nang Tower

Ao Nang Tower with its Orange Chandeliers route visible…not on the (drizzly) day we climbed it.


Orange Chandeliers

The tricky transition from the rocking boat onto the tower (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Shirley getting ready to start the short traverse pitch that gains the start of the Orange Chandeliers route (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

…and off we go.


Orange Chandeliers

The cool belay station that marks the start of the Orange Chandeliers route (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Getting ready for the first pitch proper of Orange Chandeliers route on Ao Nang Tower. Photo taken by the long-tail boatman we hired (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Starting up the first pitch of Orange Chandeliers. Photo credit goes to our boatman (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Starting up pitch 1. Unlike some of the other 6b’s we’ve tried in Thailand before, this one took some effort (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Shirley nearing the top of pitch 1 of Orange Chandeliers. Photo credit goes to our boatman (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Shirley topping out on the first pitch (6b) of Orange Chandeliers…things are already quite steep and are about to get much steeper (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Starting up the 2nd pitch of Orange Chandeliers – a steep bulge followed by some easier terrain (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

The opening moves of pitch 2.


Orange Chandeliers

Pitch 2 of Orange Chandeliers (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

A titanium glue-in bolt. Considered the safest option in the humid and marine environment of Railay (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Shirley topping out on the spectacular 2nd pitch (6b+).


Orange Chandeliers

The opening bulge moves on the start of pitch 3. I thought this was not the crux but Shirley disagrees…


Orange Chandeliers

Topping out on the third and crux pitch of Orange Chandeliers. Photo taken by our boat man from below (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

View down to the boat from the top of the third pitch (and the route). The entire upper part of this third (6c) pitch overhangs and you get that nothing but air feeling between the belay and the gr… I mean sea (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Looking towards Ao Nang the village from the top of the Ao Nang the tower (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

Shirley rapping back to the boat from the top of the 2nd pitch of Orange Chandeliers. Despite our best efforts, the ropes got totally soaked in salt water (Jan. 2013).


Orange Chandeliers

The short ride back to Railay after our climb of Orange Chandeliers on Ao Nang. We never got our boat man’s name (Jan. 2013).


Happy Island

Shirley admiring the Happy Island formation from a beach on the Railay side. We discovered the local cheap rum there and it became our constant beach companion (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A long-tail boat on Railay beach (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A long-tail boat motor (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A floating food vendor somewhere on a beach in Railay…the aroma of roasting corn brought out the crowds including us (Jan. 2013).


Railay

A large (the table top is about an inch and half thick) praying mantis (Jan. 2013).


Railay

Our ride home at Railay East on the morning of the departure day (Jan. 2013).

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