|By Charlie Climbergirl
Jun 14, 2014
Bring anything with DEET! Or your favorite mosquito repelling spray. Rainy season = gnats and mosquitos in swarms at times. You sometimes luck out though and it doesn't seem to last long.
As far as partners, I wish I could go again! I went by myself this year and upon arrival and dropping bags off (on Railey) then walking over to Tonsai, I had half a dozen climbing partners to climb with. If you are experienced, just hang on Tonsai beach with the climbers working those routes and you will blend into the masses. If you aren't experienced, head to Basecamp Tonsai - they can easily set you up with low to mid level experienced climbers or good solo climbers that just don't have a partner. There's also a board right outside (*the word "outside" is used loosely here - everything is "outside") of Basecamp Tonsai - just read on the board and people leave notes of where they will be the next morning if you are looking for a climbing partner (or they leave a number).
Anyway, bottom line is - lots of options for partners. I never had to worry as soon as I stepped foot on the beach and saw what was "Tonsai".
I do suggest bringing that rope - it's hard to rent one as the guides are using them, and occasionally people sell them after their climbing season has ended but you never know how many iterations of owners the poor thing has gone through.
Hope it helps,