Tonsai Tower Rock Climbing
Routes in Tonsai Tower
|3D Zone S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Andrea's Spine Line S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Ban Dai S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Baron Von Tok S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Baron Von Tok, le Retour S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13|
|Birthday Boy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Brian Fagman S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|British, Russian, or Nineteen S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Cottonbrains of Infancy S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Crisis? What Crisis? S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Gladiator S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Going Dutch S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Golden Copulation S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Hanna's Gift S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|High Noon (Formerly Mr. Phi Phi) S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Jug City S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Kiss the Serpent S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Latitude Eight S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Lois Lane S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Mr Viper, Mr. Pit Viper S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b|
|Pai Noon Mai S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Peyote Detour S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Picking Beans in Guatemala S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Pirates of the Andaman S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Rev de Phi Phi Don S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Scenic Bulimic S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b|
|Seven Samurai S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Severed Garden, The S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|So, So, Sooo...People Come & People Go S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Sol y Sombra S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Spanish Caravan S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Stir Fried Water S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Stolen Russian Submarine S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Sut Yawd S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Three Musketeers S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Trong Pai S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Vertical Vision S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|GPS:||7.735, 98.766 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||Ryan Kelly on Jul 31, 2007|
|Admins:||Brian Boyd, Nate Ball|
DescriptionThe main climbing wall on the beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi Don; not to be confused with Tonsai Wall or Tonsai Beach on the Phra Nang Peninsula. A large wall with nearly 30 moderate routes and a few hard ones as well. Two routes summit the 450 foot tower.
The protection on Tonsai Tower is completely made up of titanium and stainless steel glue in bolts, and all have been placed after the year 2000. The stainless bolts are much newer, and were of better quality to begin with, than most of the bolts in Railey. The correct, Red Hilti RE-500 Glue was used as well. There have been NO failures... compared to about one per week in Railey! The slings and anchor threads are regularly changed and can be trusted, but as always in Thailand, inspect all of the protection you are clipping!
EVERY SINGLE ANCHOR on Tonsai Tower has at least one Titanium Bolt.
The wall is popular with climbing schools, but the guides rarely work on the left side of the tower, or on anything above 5.8. Most of them are very accommodating if you really want to climb something they are using.
The increasing number of gumbies climbing here in high season is the largest hazard, followed by monkeys that will take your food if you leave it laying around.
The tower is packed full of routes and this does take away from some of the climbs. However, the features allow the entire wall to be climbed so that is what happened. See the route descriptions to find out what routes to do and which ones to skip.
Warning Stainless-steel bolts are suspect near the coast. A rebolting effort is underway. Details
Getting ThereHead out of Phi Phi town toward Tonsai bay and continue west along the beach towards the towering (aptly named) Tonsai Tower (Tonsai meaning tower). You cant miss it. When the Tsunami Evacuation Path turns right toward the Drinking Wall, stay straight on the beach and you'll see the tower.
Follow the beach to the end and say hello to Pi Dar and Bong Dot at Phi Phi Popular Beach Resort. Walk UNDER the left side of the last bungalow, and head up and right the rocky scramble with fixed ropes, 5 min to the wall.
The trail comes out where Gladiator heads up and left, and three other climbs are packed in on the right.
Classic Climbing Routes at Tonsai Tower
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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