I had a very delightful day climbing two days ago. Anong was out of town so I headed to Chong Phli by myself planning to meet Martin and Dorothea there. I got there a little early and ended up climbing a bit with Johannes and Hanna. They are just about the nicest friendly people I have met and very strong climbers too. They were just coming down Grace 7a and I mentioned I’d like to try it. We put my rope up on the route then I warmed up on Exfoliation 6a+. Johannes watched me climb while Hanna belayed. After the climb Johannes gave a couple suggestions to improve climbing technique which was appreciated. Johannes and Hanna then did their climbs and we headed back over to Grace so I could give it a go on top rope. Johannes gave good beta so I was able to make it all the way up to the crux. I had to rest then I was able to make it to the anchors. Meanwhile Martin and Dorothea showed up so I chatted with them a while. Later, I tried Grace one more time and was able to climb cleanly to the top! Whenever I feel a little more confident, I think this will be my first 7a.
Sadly, today was Johannes and Hanna’s last day in Thailand. I hope to run into them again somewhere.
The next day I met Martin and Dorothea at Gibbon Roof in Tonsai. We warmed up on Infected Mushroom 6a+. I decided I don’t like this route very much. I haven’t found a good sequence through the crux and it just feels awkward to me. Next we headed over to work on our project, NWA 6c+. I watched Martin climb then I gave it a go. I was able to climb quickly through the first few bolts so was able to make it to the rest spot before I pumped out. I recovered and moved to the crux. Unfortunately I was not able to get through the crux but reached a new high point today. We rested awhile then gave it one more try. Still no send but progress was made. After that, we called it a day.
I walked over towards Monkey World to see if another guy I knew was climbing and maybe I could join but he was already high up on the wall. So then I walked down to the beach and to Railay. I bought the King Climbers guide book since it seems to have better topos. Then I walked to Railay East to drop my shoes off to be resoled. Then I went back to Railay West and as luck would have it, a boat to Ao Nang was getting ready to leave just as I got there. Then I walked back to my room, got a foot massage because my feet were sore from all this walking then headed off to yoga.