"The Thaitanium Project is much more than just a rebolting program. This grassroots, multi-year endeavor has created an opportunity for members of the climbing community to give back to this magical place where friends come together from all over the globe. By participating in stewardship of the crags of the Phra Nang peninsula, I personally gain a great sense of satisfaction and contribution to a community effort to protect the people, the climbing, and the experience that have drawn me back to southern Thailand for 15 years and counting. Together we can preserve the opportunity for future generations to experience the magic of Tonsai for decades to come. A big Chok Dee Kop to the Thaitanium Project and to all who contribute!"
Matt Robertson - Long Dong Guide Book Author, Ambassador at Zamberland Outdoor
"The shocking corrosion of stainless hardware has been the "serpent in paradise" at seaside climbing areas such as those in Thailand and the Caribbean. Finally, amazingly, there is a solution - but it will require some major work to implement it worldwide."
Jeff Achey - Senior contributing editor at Climbing Magazine
"The Thaitanium Project is an absolute necessity for the Thailand climbing scene. I watched a good friend break a stainless steel anchor bolt under body weight while rappelling, and if the Ti backup bolt wasn't there he would have taken a 80 foot fall. I know I wouldn't even consider climbing in Thailand again if you weren't doing what your'e doing."
Rannveig Aamodt - Athlete at Wild Country, Sterling Rope and Red Chili
"Thailand is a world class climbing paradise that should be on any committed climber's life list of must visit places. However, Thailand's cliffs are incredibly corrosive, even to marine grade stainless steel. The Thaitanium Project is critical to keeping Thailand a fun, safe, climber destination. They even re-bolted a route I put up 15 years ago! It costs about $200 to re-equip a route. I happily donated that much when I met Josh and learned about his project. If you ever hope to climb in Thailand, throw them a few bucks and know that the cliffs will be in good shape, awaiting your arrival."
Brady Robinson - Executive Director at the Access Fund
"I've been climbing in thailand since 2000, and it's safe to say i wouldn't return if it weren't for the thaitanium project. the old bolts are untrustworthy, the routes that have not been retrofitted are basically no-fall climbs, and i'm not a free soloist. the project's bomber new bolts have breathed new life into the world's premiere winter climbing destination. everyone who climbs in ton sai and railay should consider donating to the project."
Nathan Welton - Professional Climbing Photographer
"To spread awareness of what's going on and to help fund buying the expensive bolts and glue so rebolting can continue, Josh Lyons produced a film on the 'Thaitanium Project'. It's great. They go through the whole thing from start to finish, talk to the metallurgists and scientists who did the testing, and lay out a plan for moving forward, which is basically switching out every stainless bolt with titanium. It's a must see for people that love Thailand climbing."
Lee Cujes - Owner of Up Skills Climbing
"The Thaitanium project has essentially saved climbing in Thailand. Thanks to the efforts of the project and the people who've volunteered, climbing in Thailand is safe again! I've personally spent several seasons there and i'm sure i wouldn't have even gone back for a 2nd time if the bolts were still the "old" steel bolts. But the new Ti ones are so amazing and instill so much confidence i often find myself wishing other areas also had Titanium bolts (everywhere actually)."
Steve Townshend - Sponsored Athlete Blue water
"Tonsai is the epicentre of attraction for climbers, travellers and anyone looking for fun times. I rarely go to the same place twice, yet I have been to Thailand 5 times, and always to Tonsai. I don't know a better place to meet likeminded people. I met my wife and mother of my child on the beach there. It's doesn't get better than that! So many good friends and memorable experiences. There is a lot more to Tonsai than just climbing."
Tim Emmett - Sponsored Athlete - Mountain Hardwear