THAILAND DEEP WATER SOLOING
By Matt Maddaloni
Thailand's Phra Nang Peninsula is world renowned for warm water, tropical sandy beaches, palm trees, bamboo bungalows and friendly local people. And now... deep water soloing. There are 100 routes already established with hundreds of possibilities waiting to be discovered. The limestone islands protrude from the Phrang Nga Bay like citadels from a fantasy novel. The rock is that perfect gold and grey limestone with many tufa lines and huge stalactites hanging from the overhanging walls like wax dripping from candles.
In 2004 Tim Emmet, Neil Gresham and Mike Weeks from the UK put up the first documented deep water soloing routes near Railay Peninsula. It was on that trip that they introduced Matt Maddaloni to the sport, the author of the first DWS guidebook for the area. Matt has visited the islands on five major trips and has put up about half the routes. "Thailand Deep Water Soloing" is available at www.mattmaddaloni.com