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Routes in The Oyster Blade

Hand of Bhudda, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

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.
Warning Stainless-steel bolts are suspect near the coast. A rebolting effort is underway. Details

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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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Hand of Bhudda
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The Hand of Bhudda 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
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Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
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. Feb 12, 2011

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