Longtail Boatman

Longtail Boatman
Longtail Boatman, by Suprada on Flickr.

Longtail Boatman, Thailand.

On a choppy Saturday afternoon, we took a boat from AoNang back to Railay West. We got onto the longtail boat and set off, against the direction of the wind and the waves. The boatman had to work really hard steering the boat. Looking, I had to take this photo, to try to show the hard work the sinewy boatman had to put that day to get us back to our hotel, against the forces of nature.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Exposure: f/2.8 at 1/1600s
ISO: 80
Flash: Off
WB: Daylight

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Deep Water Soloing

Deep Water Soloing
Deep Water Soloing, by Suprada on Flickr.

Deep water Soloing, Thailand

In Thailand, we decided to try Deep Water soloing. For those not into climbing terminology, Deep Water Soloing or DWS is a form of solo climbing (without any ropes or protection) which depends on the presence of water at the base of the climb. The climbers seek routes generally at high tide, climb it, and when done, let go and jump into the water. Then they climb back to the base of the cliff to climb again, or to the boat to rest.

We went to Tonsai beach and signed up for the DWS trip with Wee\’s climbing school. On Friday, the boat came to pick us up. Apart from Mitesh and me, there were a group of British students out on a holiday, and a few guys from Wisconsin. This photo shows them, one girl on the left, Katie, trying a hard route and a few guys on the right climbing easier routes.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Exposure: f/2.8 at 1/320s
ISO: 80
Flash: Off
WB: Daylight

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Saman Bouldering

Saman Bouldering
Saman Bouldering, by Suprada on Flickr.

Saman Bouldering, Phra Nang beach, Railay, Thailand.

Back in July I was in Thailand with Mitesh, my husband. We went there intending to climb the gorgeous limestone cliffs on beaches next to blue blue waters. And we were certainly not disappointed.
On our first evening there, we wandered over to the Phra Nang beach intending to boulder. There we saw the impressive sight of Saman, an employee of the national park bouldering. He was very self effacing and was talking about how he did \”some” climbing. Boy, did we see how much the \”some” climbing turned out to be. He was essentially free-soloing some climbs which others climb roped. We were were gawking along with Pete, another boulderer, at Saman\’s remarkable climbing.

Talking to Pete, we found out that he was, along with his wife Fiona were on a world tour. They started in their home in Scotland to South America and were making their way back home across the world in 365 days. Their travel blog, Pete and Fiona\’s travel blog makes very interesting reading. See if you can read their account of their time in Bolivia…

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Exposure: f/3.2 at 1/80s
ISO: 100
Flash: Off
WB: Daylight

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