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1. Phra-Nang Beach 19 routes in Sector

All Sport

Long/Lat: 98.840244, 8.004524


Not the best crag on the peninsula, but it does actually have a surprisingly good selection of routes. Combine this with practically all bolts being nice new titanium, and the superb setting, this spot actually has quite a bit going for it. Climbers should respect the importance of the Princess Cave, and be aware that a lot of non-climbers will be here ... behave accordingly! Watch out for monkeys and local kids both of which often bail you up and/or steal your stuff, especially on the path back to Railay.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Genesis

The leftmost route on this crag. Also the only one which continues past the lip of the roof and up the leaning headwall all the way to the jungle.

7b Sport 15m
2 Tough Trip Through Paradise

this is the 8m roof 3-4m R of genesis with an anchor just above the lip. There seems to be the option of doing linkups of these via the rail 1-2m before the lip.

7a+ Sport 9m
3 Khon Bar

2m left of black diamond. Bouldery.

7b+ Sport 6m, 3
4 Black Diamond

2-3m L of the short rubbishy 6cs is a hard-looking (8a?) bulge with lots of slimy looking black stuff. Titanium bolts.

April, 2015: was impossible to climb because of this black stuff

7c Sport 9m
5 Little Shit

The lefthand 6c taking a rail/flake for the steepest bit. Reportedly not very good, but with this grade and location it was always going to get heaps of traffic. Rebolted with titanium 2005.

FA: Frank Dicker

6c Sport 8m, 4
6 Princess Eyes / The RH 6c

The RH 6c, this time getting thru the steep bit on fingery pockets. This one is also supposed to be pretty average. Titanium.

6c Sport 8m
7 * Tales of Power

Just left of, and behind, the tufa which hangs down to 2m off the sand. Juggy rail to some tricky moves around the bulge then stem up the left side of the hanging tufa system. Rebolted with titanium 2005.

FA: Volker Schoeffl, 1991

7a Sport 10m, 5
8 * Don't Buy Toys

Pockety steep stuff then the R side of the tufa system. The 3rd or 4th bolt is actually on the side of the tufa. Reportedly quite an ok route.

7a Sport 9m
9 * Mekong Haze

Just R of the righthand 7a. Bit of a squeeze but looks great! Titanium.

{US} FR:8a Sport 9m
10 ** Might As Well Hurl

R of the 8a, left of Up to You. Awesome moves! A short draw or single biner on the 2nd bolt is good at softening the swing back onto the belayer's rope for falls off the first crux.

7c Sport 9m
11 * Up to You

The righmost route on the eye catching pocketed section of rock, and possibly the best here. Rebolted with titanium in 2005.

FA: Francois Burnier, 1991

7b Sport 15m, 4
12 *** Half Dragon

More a RHV than an extension, because you don't clip the last bolt or anchor of UTY. Looks very cool. 30 degrees the whole way!

7b+ Sport 18m
13 ** Left of Cleft

Definitely not 7b ... subtract 2 grades if your span is 190cm+, or add two grades if it's less! Lovely rock, cool moves, titanium bolts ... all ruined by the last move. Bulge, then climb the easy cleft for 8m, then climb the steep wall just left of the cleft.

{US} FR:7b Sport 25m
14 Money Maker 1

Just R of the cleft, the leftmost line on the Money Maker tufa/column. Slightly grungy black rock at times. The fixed hangers are shiny, but beware.

5 Sport 15m
15 Money Maker

Start on the left side of the Money Maker tufa/column formation and go straight up. Top half is nice and delicate.

6a Sport 20m, 4
16 Money Maker 3

As for the 6a then trend R around the big tufa/column formation.

5 Sport 20m
17 Money Maker 4

Start on the front of the column then straight up into MM3.

{US} FR_ALT:5 Sport
18 Money Maker 5

Steepish start up the corner/thing on the right side of the column, finish inside cave.

{US} FR_ALT:5 Sport 20m
19 Transient Route

Start 1m R of MM5. This is actually the very left side of the Princess's Cave, so this route reportedly gets erased regularly. But it's the local guides who re-establish it so uppity foreigners probably have no chance of sorting out the real situation. Has been bolts in the past, but as of 2012 they've all been chopped and it's been reestablished all on threads. Steepish face just R of the Money Maker column then head diagonally R for 10m then up for 15m. Some thread anchors can be seen up there but you might need to BYO. And you might need 2 ropes to get off.

{US} FR:6c Sport 35m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
5 Money Maker 1 Sport 15m
Money Maker 3 Sport 20m
Money Maker 4 Sport
Money Maker 5 Sport 20m
6a Money Maker Sport 20m, 4
6c Little Shit Sport 8m, 4
Princess Eyes Sport 8m
Transient Route Sport 35m
7a * Don't Buy Toys Sport 9m
* Tales of Power Sport 10m, 5
7a+ Tough Trip Through Paradise Sport 9m
7b * Genesis Sport 15m
** Left of Cleft Sport 25m
* Up to You Sport 15m, 4
7b+ *** Half Dragon Sport 18m
Khon Bar Sport 6m, 3
7c Black Diamond Sport 9m
** Might As Well Hurl Sport 9m
8a * Mekong Haze Sport 9m