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The Oyster Blade  


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Description 

The Oyster Blade is a limestone spire about 1/4 mile down the arm of Phi Phi from the Tonsai Wall. It is about half way between Tonsai Wall and Hin Tak (Monkey Beach). You should be able to spot it from the main beach in town, a detached pillar, with a small beach just next to the jungle at the base.

Getting There 

Take a boat, or walk at low tide, or even mid tide if you don't mind a little wading. Probably won't be able to walk there and back if you are going to the top.

"We flagged down a passing longtail to get back, which took some effort."

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Oyster Blade:
The Hand of Bhudda   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   
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The Hand of Bhudda 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Asia : Thailand : ... : The Oyster Blade
The Hand of Bhudda is an outstanding moderate multipitch that summits the Oyster Blade. You get to tag the summit and get an outstanding view of Phi Phi. (there is a photo of this in the Lightner guide.) The pitches are on the short side, about 80' or so each, but this takes advantage of great belay stances. The route, or the Oyster Blade in general, doesn't see much traffic You'll probably have it to yourselves.P1: 5.10c - 130 ft. Come out of the jungle and locate the route by looking at...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Ken H
From: Bell's Canyon, UT
Feb 12, 2011
The guidebook recommends telling a boatman you want to go to Ao Ling (Monkey Bay) this will likely get you taken to Hin Tak. This is further problematic that Hin Tak is the word for broken rock and the boatman may understand where you want to go and say Hin Tak (broken rock) which is a fair description of the Oyster Blade. The best way to get where you want is if you stand on the pier at shore, directly above the lamp posts is the Oyster Blade. If you get a boatman to come stand at the pier and say "Lamp post Hin Tak" you will probably get where you want. We paid 100 baht each/each way. This is probably twice the price we should have paid and we could have walked back instead of getting picked up but in the end it worked out for us and we had a great day of climbing and the boatman made an extra $5 each way.