Deep water soloing is the perfect recipe for a relaxed climbing trip. Far from any kind of civilisation, on Tonsai Beach in Thailand, the young Mammut Pro team led by David Lama focused on climbing in its purest form. The higher you climb, the steeper the plunge into the sea. In deep water soloing, the aim is to climb the high chalk cliffs above the open sea, using no securing devices or ropes. If you miss your next hold, the cool sea awaits far below, offering the perfect chill-out temperature.
"First ascents here in Thailand are simply cooler, you have the certainty that you really are the very first," says David Lama, describing the many unexplored routes on the cliffs above Thailand’s coast. You can climb here all day long. There are so many options, it is never boring. Christina Schmid too is enthusiastic about this rather different kind of climbing. "All you need is climbing shoes and some chalk, that’s it," she comments as she emerges from the water after a fall. It’s extremely hot in Thailand and after their sweaty exertions on the cliff, the Pro Team climbers are happy to cool off in the pleasant temperature of the sea water.
"After searching for days, the professional climbers discovered a challenging route. They immediately set about tackling it. They quickly realised that the key point was very high above the water, resulting in a very steep fall. The route includes a formidable dynamo (jump), which David and Cédric found a tough nut to crack. Cédric tried first and fell 18 metres into the sea. David didn’t manage it either, landing at an angle and with a great impact on the surface of the water – Ouch! "It hurts all over," said David as he emerged. Due to the lack of holes in the wall, it is not possible to climb any higher. However, the two boys had taken a liking to this route. Surely there must be another way to get past this "killer dynamo". In the end, they found a way past the tricky part, but with tiny hand and foot holds. David and Cédric made one final attempt, clinging to the cliff with their fingertips and pulling themselves up metre by metre. Made it!! With great joy and exhaustion. Now it’s time for a last jump down to the fish...