Topic: Railay rock climbing to be regulated

Following an increasing number of climbing accidents last year - "at least 10 people were seriously injured or lost their lives" [sic], according to a government report - a Railay Climbing Association has been formed to take action against what it says are newcomers to the area who are opening climbing schools with little or no experience; creating untested routes; and possibly using poor quality equipment.

With the assistance of TAT, the National Park and the local government office that handles business licensing, the group hopes to vet all climbing operators in the Railay area and will issue them with certificates if they comply with proper safety standards.

Tourists are also being urged to take precautions when booking climbing courses; while the percentage number of accidents remains small, there is an increased risk of injury when climbing with non-certified schools.