Rock climbing can be divided into a crazy mess of sub-genres: top-roping, sport, trad and about a thousand too bizarre to name. But they almost all rely on ropes to catch you if you fall. There is, however, another way: severing the nylon umbilical, and climbing rope-free above water instead.
After adventuring in some of the world’s harshest environments, we went to Thailand to thaw out and drink from coconuts. We wouldn’t be laying on beaches though. We were there to experience some of the best sport climbing in the world.