Still quite sore from yesterday’s climbing session, I am very glad that we start on the ground with the training. A lot of different anchor settings. Abseiling methods.
As soon as Rain thinks I have these different techniques saved in my brain we head towards the wall. We are going to do a multi-pitch climb. Just a short one. Basically to give me practice in setting the anchors right. And demonstrate how to belay when you’re 10 meters or more above the ground. Quite exhausting. But I make it. Abseiling down in the end.
Lunchtime. This is my view! And after lunch we head onto the other side. West railay beach. That is where all the tourists are lying on the beach. Bathing in the sun. Can’t imagine that right now. It’s incredible hot. And humid. Sweating like hell. Walking along this beautiful beach. With my climbing harness on. Climbing gear on my back.
At the end of the beach we jump through the bushes. And hike up in the forest. It is incredible warm. Did I mention that already? I’m sorry. But I am suffering. We get into a cave. It’s a bit cooler in here.
We take a rest. Chat for a bit. Exchanging our experiences as climbing guides. Quite interesting. What differences we find. But a lot of the situations are similar. We’re looking onto this white sandy beach. Green forest in front. And in the back this amazing blue ocean.
We are climbing further. Rain switches on his torch. Where are going? Climbing latter’s in the dark. Getting higher and higher. And look at that. What a view. Simply stunning. We’re high up now and have a perfect view onto railay beach and tonsai beach.
We are going to abseil down now. From here? This is quite high up. I am looking down to sea level. That is where the ground is. Pretty much. I am not afraid of heights, but I am still struggling on letting go. And leaning back. First step for the abseil.
Looking down one more time and then I am ready to abseil myself down. Stop now and then though to enjoy the breathtaking view.
As we get down we are surrounded by climbers. This is now the area where the professionals climb. Private people who like to climb. And we hike over another latter more to the right. We’re doing another climb from here.
It is so amazing. Loving this so much.
But now it is getting serious. I need to get up there. Another very long climb. The water is running down on me. I am fighting. Not that easy. Need to take a break a few times.
Don’t ask me how these pictures got onto my tablet. Thought my guide was belaying me. And taking pictures in the same time? Luckily I only realised that back home.
It was worth it. Glad Rain brought me here. The view is incredible.
Getting back down, I need to climb over a rope in order to get back on the path. Was coming down quite far over the ocean.
Now I am really finished. But we still have to get back to the other side. Through the forest. Climbing over rocks. Branches. Walking on roots. Trying to keep my balance. Quite exhausting after such a day. And then we pass another wall. „We can do here another climb“. That was funny Rain. But apparently he was serious about it. It’s not a difficult route he says. And you can lead climb it. Sure. Anything else? But he’s right. When will I have the chance again to climb over here. There I am. Climbing up another route. Still struggling with the straight parts going into an overhang. But I make it. Happy smile on my face in the end.
It’s been an amazing 2 days and I am so thankful Dawie gave me these two days so that so was able to do this further training. I’ve learned a lot. Climbed as well quite a lot. And have so many new plans for my climbing trips back home.