Climbing Gear and Outdoor Apparel Store at Real Rocks!

All your climbing gear needs met in Krabi, Thailand! We are now official retailers for brand names such as: Black Diamond, Madrock, Sterling, Klean Kanteen & more!  Our shop is open Monday-Sunday from 8am-7 pm and we offer our visitors free climbing on our bouldering wall.

Stop by for a climb, a chat or a complimentary cup of coffee, it’s on us!

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Available daily, 8am-7pm.

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Bouldering wall free for visitors.

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Click on the images in the gallery below to see more!

 

 

For more information and price quotes about the brands and apparel we carry, feel free to fill out the contact form or send us a message at your convenience. Ask us your questions, we are here to help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017: new shop; new gear, new certifications and more!

Real Rocks opens a new location in Krabi!

2017 has seen a lot of growth for the Real Rocks team and we are happy to announce our successful relocation to the mainland Krabi!

For years now we have struggled to expand and improve our shop facilities since there is very limited space available in Railay today. In our new shop location, in Ao Nammao, we are just 2 minutes from the longtail boat pier to Railay, 10 minutes from Ao Nang and 20 minutes from Krabi Town. Our customers in Railay are still able to book tours through Real Rocks, as usual.

 

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, SEACF/SMF Sport Climbing Instructor Certification (SCAT 1), licensed to teach and issue certifications for Levels 1-3 Sport Climbing and Abseiling Level 1-2. Teaching since 2002.

Our new central location offers better customer service with complimentary refreshments, fruits, cold drinks, clean toilets and shower facility. We even built an indoor bouldering wall!

In other news, we have improved our level of training and certifications for our guides. We currently have 3 full time American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch Instructors and 4 full time Southeast Asian Climbing Federation Sport Climbing Instructors.

We recently pursued the AMGA training with our partners in Chiang Mai and are proud to report that all guides attending passed their assessments with flying colors! The AMGA training was a huge opportunity for our team to travel, further grow as climbers, develop their teaching skills and gain confidence in their guiding with the prestige of this internationally recognized program.

We hope all of our friends and family around the world had a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy-Filled New Year!

 

 

 

Stefanie

Real Rocks

Certified Courses in Sport Rock Climbing!

certified courses posterAre you interested in learning to climb like a pro? Feel ready to learn how to climb on your own, or with a group of your friends? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Rock Climbing Instructor one day and want to get firsthand experience of what that could be like? Our Sport Climbing Certified Courses are made for you!

THE COMPANY.  

Real Rocks is currently the only company in Railay, Krabi & South Thailand to offer fully licensed training experience. Our instructors are authorized to issue SEACF/SCAT certifications for Sport Climbing Levels 1-3. We follow strict safety standards and employ a professional approach at every step to offer our customers the best knowledge and top quality experience, full of extras including student manuals, log book, certification cards and t-shirts. Courses can be adjusted to the climber’s skill level. Each course is a PRIVATE COURSE recommended for beginner or novice climbers.

THE CREDENTIALS.

You will receive personal training from our instructor certified staff, who have more than 25 years of climbing experience between them. The SEACF Climbing Standards have been in effect since the late 1990’s to ensure the techniques and teaching methodology offer the best quality of training with regards to Sport Climbing.  Contents of the SEACF standards are in accordance with the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). SEACF member countries (Thailand included) are all members of the IFSC and work with the Asian Federation of the IFSC. All of our instructors have been well taught and trained by SEACF Instructor Assessors before being licensed and qualified to conduct programs locally.

THE COURSES.monkey wall multi pitch climbing with real rocks at railay beach

Our Certified Courses are private, offering one-on-one teaching to maximize your learning and technical development at a pace catered exclusively to you.

Each certified course includes: hotel pick up and drop off from Ao Nang/ Krabi Town, lunch/refreshments each day, personal accident insurance, all climbing gear equipment rental, private guide, souvenir t-shirt, personal climbing log book, and a Certified Course Student Training Manual. The last day of the course includes assessment and a certification card if all skills required are successfully demonstrated.

We offer courses for three levels of sport rock climbing certifications:
• Level 1: Basic Rock Climbing Skills, Top rope & Lead belay;
• Level 2: Beginner lead climbing, Knots, Top out technique & Anchor setting
• Level 3: Advanced lead climbing technique, Advanced Knots & Hitches, Anchor Systems, Intro to Multi Pitch Climbing, Abseiling & Basic Cliff Self-Rescue.

THE PROGRAM. 

Getting certified in sport rock climbing will take your holiday adventure to the next level! These courses may open up a whole new world of possibilities for your social life, interests or physical capabilities. You’ll master a new set of skills and test limits you may not know you have. Our courses are not the typical backpacker-styled day classes where you drop a few dozen Baht to learn some techniques, we take pride in our work, our reputation and our passion for teaching others how to climb safely.

 

For more information check out our certified courses page here: http://www.realrocksclimbing.com/sport-climbing-certified-courses-railay-beach-krabi/

 

 

SEACF licensed guides to instruct courses in Krabi

Great news, all instructors passed assessment and are now licensed to offer certification for Levels 1-3 Sport Climbing and Abseiling Level 1-2 to our clients! Each certification will be issued under the SEACF (Southeast Asian Climbing Federation) and SCAT authority (Sport Climbing Authority of Thailand.)

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Stay tuned for some exciting changes to take place at Real Rocks as we roll out new courses, new training programs and SEACF authorized certifications for future students and program participants!

 

Climb On!

Stefanie & Tik

Krabi: Destination Guide, How-to and Recommended Tours

shutterstock_146364359You’ve decided to visit Krabi, hurray!  You’ve booked your flights landing into Krabi International Airport, and now you may be trying to figure out where to go, or what to do? Let us help with our very own Destination Guide, How-to and recommended tours!

First, you’ve got to understand Krabi is a VERY large province that covers a lot of ground.

“Krabi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural attractions including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the jewels of the Andaman coast, the six islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park.” [Tourism Authority of Thailand.]

Once you land at Krabi Airport you are roughly 20 minutes drive into Krabi town, 35 minutes drive into Ao Nammao/ Ao Nang, 45 minutes drive into Nopparathara/ Klong Hang area, and up to an hour or more as you venture farther out into Nong Thale, Klong Muang or Tubkaak.

Disclaimer: all reviews are based on our personal opinions and experiences…again.

Krabi Town: the jumping point to island destinations, more famous for its sea ports and its status as the provincial capital of Krabi. Everything is here: police station, major bank branches, immigration office, schools, jails, government offices, lawyers selling visa services, hostels, restaurants, markets, shopping center and more. Guesthouses and hostels are large, wide and cheap compared to your beach towns however some offer convenience located right in the action of the main town center and others lovely views along the Krabi river front.

Ao Nammao/ Ao Nang: beach towns, accommodation prices vary according to how near or far from the beachfront you wish to stay. Ao Nammao is still relatively undeveloped compared to its neighbor Ao Nang (however this is quickly changing!) so you might find some better deals on accommodation price points. Ao Nammao is largely a Muslim village so there are no bars. There are mosques, a couple convenience mini marts, few restaurants (open late), and a local favorite the Fossil Shell Beach attraction.  Ao Nang is also home to a large mosque and Muslim community, however it is much more Westernized for attracting tourists. Plenty of bars and nighttime entertainment (cabaret show anyone?), restaurants representing every major world cuisine,  tourist agents on every block and plenty of hostels, hotels, resorts and inns to choose from for every budget. Ao Nang is also the starting point for a lot of sea-side activities: island sightseeing/speed boat tours, diving schools, etc.

Klong Hang/ Nopparathara: just 5 minutes from Ao Nang, Nopparathara offers stunning beach-front accommodation at a budget since this area is mostly owned by the National Parks and is still relatively undeveloped. That being said some larger hotels, like the Holiday Inn, are quickly moving in and claiming real estate. Klong Hang tucked right behind Nopparathara offers plenty of variety: villas, personal homes for rent, condos, hostels too. Muslim majority in this village again (similar feel to Ao Nammao.)

Nong Thale/ Klong Muang/ Tubkaak: exclusive and luxurious awaits you! Most of the 4 and 5 star hotels are located out here since many of their guests prefer the quiet, empty beaches. If you’re looking for a fabulous hotel, and don’t mind being a bit far from the action then these are the locations to look into. The hotels all deliver tour services of their own (including shuttles to Ao Nang and back) however the price is pretty.

TOP 10 ACTIVITIES TO DO IN KRABI: 

  1. Rock climbing the stunning beaches and caves at Railay Beach, of course!
  2. Local Island tours (long tail boats, sunset cruises, sailing boats, and speed boats all available)
  3. Diving (get your PADI certification from some of the best!)
  4. Phi Phi/ Koh Hong (island full day trips not to be missed, although we prefer the quiet beauty of Koh Hong)
  5. The Emerald Pools and Natural Hot Springs (both can be done in one day and offer unique jungle experiences)
  6. Zipline Tours (want a recommendation?)
  7. Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Temple) hike up more than 1,000 steps to an amazing viewpoint
  8. Ao Luk/ Bor Thor Mangroves for some tranquil kayaking or stand up paddle boarding
  9. Cooking Schools for D-I-Y authentic Southern Thai cuisine
  10. Massage, treat yourself at every opportunity!

 

If you would like help in booking some additional activities or adventures during your time here in Krabi, message us today and we would love to help!

 

Cheers,

Stefanie, Tik and all the crew at Real Rocks.

 

SEACF Instructor Training & Assessment

instructor trainingReal Rocks is proud to announce that at the end of the month our guides will receive training and assessment from the Southeast Asian Climbing Federation: Sport Climbing Instructor Program, a huge step for the team!  We have been preparing for this since early 2015, working hard to create this program for the purpose of giving our guides the opportunity to achieve internationally recognized world class standards as professional rock climbing guides.

Our tours will temporarily stop running from the 25th- 30th of April 2016 as each member of our team will be receiving the assessments.  Our shop will remain open for customers wishing to rent or purchase gear only. If you have any questions or concerns about booking rock climbing trips during this time, please send us a message today!

We look forward to taking this opportunity to grow, learn, improve and bond as a team during this training. We will post pictures soon, so stay tuned!

Cheers,

Stefanie, Tik and all the crew at Real Rocks!

 

Real Rocks E-Gift Certificates Now Available for Purchase

gift certificate stockInterested in buying a gift certificate for that special someone? Want to grant loved ones the holiday adventure of a lifetime?! Our Half Day Rock Climbing Course E-Gift Certificate is the perfect ticket to a memorable adventure; suitable for all ages, abilities and experienced climbing levels!

BUY ONE TODAY!

Or copy and paste the link here: https://real-rocks-climbing-school.trekksoft.com/en/giftcertificate

 

Happy Holidays from the crew at Real Rocks!

Congrats Tim for completing our rock climbing training course at Railay Beach

Timothy Rock Climbing Course at Railay Beach Krabi Thailandjust completed our Five Day Intensive Training Rock Climbing Course at Real Rocks Shop, Railay Beach!

The Five Day Course includes training in: top rope technique and movement, top rope and lead belay, lead climbing, anchor setting, top belay, abseiling, advanced knots, self rescue, multi pitch climbing and lead multi pitch. Not sure what all that means? Shoot us an email if you’re interested in learning to climb like a pro! Tim, congrats on your achievement and good luck as you push on to your next adventure!

Cheers,

Stefanie & Tik

 

LEARN THE LINGO AT RAILAY BEACH: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SPORT ROCK CLIMBING VOCABULARY (PART 1)

LEARN THE LINGO

At the beginning of each of our rock climbing tours we offer in depth safety briefs and introduce you to our climbing vocabulary, which is essential to maintain a safe and open line of communication between climber and instructor. Here we present the most basic ‘glossary of terms’ in an easy to read format.

climb_diagramWHAT IS SPORT CLIMBING?
Sport climbing, like we have here in Railay Beach, is a style of rock climbing during which the climber relies on the safety of preexisting or fixed protection. Our bolts have been drilled in the walls, and these bolts are regularly checked, replaced and updated. Sport climbing is considered the safest form of rock climbing since the bolts are safe and reliable making the emphasis in sport climbing less on managing danger and risk, and more on pushing physical and mental boundaries.

ROUTE
A route is a definitive path up a cliff. Sport routes have a certain number of bolts in them and usually a two bolt anchor at the end. The goal is to reach the top anchor. Each route has a name and grade (level of difficulty.)

FREE CLIMBING
A general term that simply means you are relying on your hands and feet—not gear—to actually move up a wall. Gear is used but only to keep you safe. (Free climbing is often confused with Free Soloing which means climbing without the safety of a rope or gear.) While certainly physically challenging, the mind is equally challenged. Each climber must try to ‘read’ a route: what sequence to grab the holds, how and when to grab them, how or where to place their feet and so on.

Quick-Draw-in-Bolt-Rock-Climbing-Terms.png.opt240x377o0,0s240x377LEAD CLIMBING
Climbing “on lead” or “leading” is the act of ascending a route from the ground to the top. Leader clips the rope to the bolts using quickdraws (rpictured here) one end clips to the bolt while the other end clips to the rope. After clipping the quickdraw to the bolt, then the rope to the quickdraw, the leader must them climb above his protective gear to reach the next bolt. Thrilling!  In our regular half day and full day sessions the guide does all the lead climbing for you! If you would like to learn how to lead climb check out our 2 DAY INTRO TO LEAD CLIMBING COURSE.

TOP ROPEtoproping
The opposite of leading, top rope climbing is recommended for beginner and novice climbers. Top rope involves running the rope through the anchor at the top of the route and down to a climber. Thus the climber is always attached to the rope and anchor, and always has the rope above him to catch his fall. As the climbers climbs up, the BELAYER takes in the rope through a belay device (pictured here.) The belayer keeps tension on the rope in the event of a fall, which allows the climber to fall safely without sustaining any injury. Our guides do all the belaying however if you wish to learn you can do so with instruction offered in our 1 DAY TOP ROPE CLIMBING SKILLS.
Top roping is a good way to safely become comfortable with rock climbing.

 

If you have any questions about technique, safety or overall looking for some general advice about climbing in the area please don’t hesitate to contact us for Tik’s Tips!

 

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2….COMING SOON!

Hotel Recommendations for Railay Beach and Ao Nang

hotel recommendation railay beach ao nang          The second most common question that pops up in my emails from prospective customers (after “Where should I eat?”)  is “Where should I stay: Railay Beach or Ao Nang?”
           After many years of calling Railay Beach our home, I have had the luxury of staying in various resorts and accommodations on the bay. These are fond memories I will forever cherish since those sunsets on Railay West Beach are undoubtedly the most beautiful I have ever seen! These days I spend my days living in Ao Nang since business demands that I have access to services such as reliable internet, banks and with a baby in tow access to fresh markets and diapers are a must too! I have had several friends and family members come to visit in Ao Nang, and I find the hotels there give greater bang for your buck but lack some of the charm that can only be found in Railay. So without further delay…our recommendations, based purely on our own experiences and opinions 🙂
Accommodations in Railay….range from 1 to 3 star resorts mostly with the biggest exception being the luxurious Rayavadee. I’ll stop right here. If you can afford Rayavadee, go for it. Don’t look back. I am green with envy.
          For those of you with tighter budget restrictions there are still plenty of options for you to choose from. Prices vary slightly, seasonally. If you want the better deal aim for the low season months (May-September) however note that the monsoon season does guarantee you will get rained on at some point during your holiday. I am, I guess, what you would call a backpacker converted flashpacker. When I was down on cash and really bootstrapping to enjoy Railay while cutting costs, I was staying in some downright broken rooms brokering monthly deals with the owners…I’ll spare those names but only mention it because this IS an option for those of you looking to stay longer than your average 3-4 days tripper. These monthly deals are best brokered at the beginning of low season.
          For those of you enjoying a nice place to rest your head and willing to pay more for comfort, you are speaking my language! My favorite, favorite of all time has to be the updated rooms at Sand Sea Resort. They have king size beds, bath tubs, mosquito-free rooms, and most importantly…all the buttons work! In Railay some of the resorts need updating, and the ones that have certainly shine. The newest resort on Railay, Avatar Resort, just opened and seems to be a hit with the online reviewers as well. Can’t say from personal experience, but I’m banking on new rooms being a delight. Apart from Sand Sea Resort I can recommend the updated rooms at Phutawan Resort (their pool has a great view overlooking the entire bay and ocean). Another favorite of mine will always be Railay Garden View Resort. These are very different being non-air conditioned rooms, fan only, bamboo bungalows with cold showers and mosquito nets…but tucked away in the garden forest in a quiet reserve of Railay with beautifully decorated rooms you feel relaxed and probably won’t miss those creature comforts a bit.
          Staying on Railay has its benefits, there is always something to do! Enjoy a day at the beach, chilling poolside with a view, rock climbing (of course!), kayaking the bays, book a snorkeling tour straight from your hotel…options are endless. Railay is also car-free so that means no traffic, no motorbikes (except the odd ones used by the restaurants to transport goods and golf carts used by hotels to shuttle guests), a lot less noise and a lot less crowded. Ao Nang, the mainland and just a 15 minute boat ride away from Railay, has all the amenities of a small city and while it might feel more congested than Railay certainly has its perks too…the biggest being more bang for your buck! Everything that comes and goes from Railay has to be transported by boat. These expenses make it necessary for every day items to be more expensive. If you’re really on a budget or looking to save, stay in Ao Nang where your Thai baht can stretch a bit further.
          My favorite places to stay in Ao Nang include: Baan Sainai (run by the same family group as Railay Garden View), Phu Petra Resort (their pool is stunning), Centara Anda Dhevi, and Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort (location, location, location does not get more ideal than here!) These resorts are all within walking distance of the main strip of Ao Nang, and walking distance to the beaches, souvenir shops and restaurants too. Food and drink will be cheaper in Ao Nang, and with the city vibe comes more options for nightlife activities.
          The ideal holiday I always recommend for my friends is if you plan to just stay 2 nights, stay in Railay. If you can afford it you’ll love it. If you would like to stay longer do a combination: Railay and Ao Nang, or stay in Ao Nang and take the boat over to Railay one day and spend the whole day there exploring. Both would be great options.
          If there are any more recommendations out there feel free to comment and share those tips!  Wishing you a safe and fun-filled holiday!
Sincerely,
Stefanie Langley