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Afternoon shade in a canyon best accessed at low tide. Good quality limestone, vertical and steep.

Getting There 

Walk towards the Muay Thai/1-2-3 areas, and before you get there, you'll find a concrete path going right around the resort next to the cliff face. Walk down this path, dodging souvenir hawkers, and you'll come to a concrete patio with a beach in front of it. Pass the Princess Cave, go to the end of the beach, and enter a canyon.

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Weather station 6.1 miles from here

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Mai Pen Rai   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 70'   
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Mai Pen Rai 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Asia : Thailand : ... : The Defile
Start on a ledge 10 feet above a pit that lies almost at sea level. Clip the first bolt before you even start youll see why. Although the guidebooks give this a 5.10b/c the first 15 feet or so are thin, very thin for a 10b. Its all there though, and very well protected. Find the feet, step left over the chasm, and start working up towards the next bolt. By the time you clip your third bolt, it eases up considerably and you get to just cruise up and take in the view: the red walls, green...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Jul 31, 2007
There isn't really a way to get into the Defile during high tide without getting wet. In medium tide you can traverse over into the cave system, and in low tide just walk right over. It seemed odd to me that none of the guidebooks mentioned this. Something to keep in mind. You could also probably just pay a long tail 40 baht (a bit over a buck) to just float you over.
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