Rock Climbs on Railay Beach, Krabi - Thailand
Railay has a number of climbing locations that will appeal to different experience levels. The little red climbers show the locations. The brief explanations are tips of icebergs.
Happy Island - 30m of classic 7a+ that keeps your intrest all the way to the top. Don't take it for granted.
The Defile - Great 6a+ & 6c plus a boulder problem (7b) - some awkward 6a/6b's on the exit.
The Keep - A great crag. Softer graded 6C cornicopia, but hot (from the sun) in the AM. Better in the afternoon.
Hidden World - A good spot plus excellent routes. One is a 7a+ classic.
Duncans Boot - Hidden in the jungle with some 7a routes are good. Some easier routes as well.
123/Muai Thai - Two different routes that vary from 6b to 7b+. Gradually harder moves - great view at the top
Escher World - Classic routes need rebolting. Some of the easy stuff has been rebolted, but not great climbs.
Thaiwand Wall - One 40 m and ends in a cave. A 7a+ with a 7a pitch. A 7b pitch almost as good.
Candle Stick Wall - Great wall to get very high on an easier grade. Spectacular views, especially the finish.
Wees Present Wall - A 7c+ gem that gets less attention than it deserves.
Diamond Cave - A guiding area for the schools. Easy routes and crowded. 6b+'s around the corner
Tyrolean Wall - Routes that range from a heroic 30m with 11 bolts to a classic masterpiece of 8a+.
Dumms Kitchen - Some rery hard and very good routes - up to 8c.
Ratings: French numerical grades - The French numerical system (distinct from the adjectival system, described later) rates a climb according to the overall technical difficulty and strenuousness of the route.
Grades start at 1 (very easy) and the system is open-ended. Each numerical grade can be subdivided by adding a letter (a, b or c). Examples: 2, 4, 4b, 6a, 7c. An optional + may be used to further differentiate difficulty. For example, these routes are sorted by ascending difficulty: 5c+, 6a, 6a+, 6b, 6b+.
Although some countries in Europe use a system with similar grades but not necessarily matching difficulties, the French system remains the main system used in the vast majority of European countries and in many international events outside the USA.