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Climbing at Ao Ton Sai

 

To reach the limestone crags of Ao Ton Sai, I first enjoyed some of the more well-traveled areas of Southern Thailand.

 

 

After two nights in Phuket and two in Koh Phi Phi, I reached the beaches of Ao Ton Sai at sunset.

 

 

I spent a week climbing with James and three new mates: Tino, Ian & James S.

 

 

We had a routine…

 

meet at Mama’s for breakfast at 8 a.m., climb until sweat prevented us from holding a grip…

 

lay on the shaded patio until lunch…

 

endure a late afternoon climb…

 

take a long tail taxi back to the bungalows to rest up before dinner and a beer.


 

Rest for me meant swimming at sunset. Of the ten best sunsets in my life, three were in Ton Sai.

 

For our last climb, James and I ¬†ended up on “Lord of the Thais.” I led the first pitch (6a+/5.10b); James flashed the second (7a/5.11d), an impressive feat.

 

Many of the visitors of Ton Sai stay for months. I intend to be one of them in the future.

 

But Brisbane was calling.

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