Day 56

Trip Start Oct 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 05, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi Province,
Monday, November 25, 2013

Today we had booked to go rock climbing in Railay. We had originally wanted to stay in Railay but the hotels were a lot more expensive and we found a climbing company that did free pick up from Krabi so that was what we did.

There was no time for breakfast as the climbing company picked us up at 7.30am. They then collected a few other people on the way and we were all taken to Aonang pier were we got on a long tail boat to Railay. At the rock climbing school we filled in forms, were given our harnesses, chalk bags and shoes. The shoes are apparently meant to be really tight! We then made our way to the rocks!

We were first shown how to tie the knot in the rope that would keep us attached to our harness and then demonstrated a little bit of how to climb. To be honest I knew that there would be very little technique involved in my climbing!

Then it was time to get going! Our group consisted of a brother and sister from new Zealand (there parents came along to spectate), two girls from Portsmouth and a guy from Australia. We were the only complete newbies to climbing (Jack had only done a little in Sheffield years ago!) The siblings were actually really good so we watched them a bit first.

Climbing was actually really hard, but the company and everyone was really helpful and supportive. It's really hard to know where your hands and feet are going to go because it all just looks like rock, but the people shout up at you telling you where to head. They seem to know the rocks inside out! We managed two complete 2 climbs each, which were apparently grade 5 (Grades are 1 to 8, 1 being the easiest) I didn't think I'd complete one of them because I was aching and the rocks were really slippery that the chalk came off as soon as you put it on, but I eventually made it to the top. Coming down was a lot easier! Jack fell a few times as he was trying to rush up the rocks and banged his knee a bit. We also had a go at a couple more climbs but we couldn't get to the top, we were already worn out and rock climbing is so much harder than people make it look and we hadn't had any breakfast! I even started falling off toward the end because it was easier than clinging to the rock without anywhere to go. The hardest thing is that the rocks naturally slopes slightly outwards so climbing is a really weird feeling.

We were completely shattered by the time we finished. The pros made it look so easy and it looked so dangerous when they were lead climbing up ( where they take the rock up and loop it through) because they just had nothing to fall back on. Some of the routes also looked proper hard, and only Jess, the New Zealand girl made it to the top. After we finished climbing we walked back to the climbing shop and handed all our equipment back. They then gave us the opportunity to go back later in the day to Krabi when the afternoon group finished, which was great as we had wanted to see Railay.

So our afternoon was spent on Railay beach which is spectacular. The sun was shinning and the water was so nice. We needed the relaxation after climbing as well. We were really glad we got to see Railay but also pleased we decided not to stay there because it was rather small and not loads to do. It was beautiful though with all the limestone cliffs surrounding the bay.

We left Railay at 5.30 and took the long tail boat back to Aonang where a minibus picked us all back to take us back to our hotels. By the time we got back it was getting close to 7pm. In the evening we showered and went and got dinner. Although we weren't aching too much at this point we will do tomorrow! Rock climbing had exhausted us and we had a lazy evening and an early night.
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