Looking through the guidebook for an ice climb to do on a windy day with high avalanche risk, we struck upon the climbs down by the edge of Lake Minnewanke. The guidebook told us that the first ascent team had used iceskates to get to the climbs – but for later in the season recommended bikes. “Ok”, we thought, “bikes it is, that sounds like a great idea”. Walking the bikes across Lake Minnewanke Arriving at the lake we had to hunt around for a while to find a good place to get onto the ice – neither … Continue reading ice-capades on a frozen lake
A weekend of no climbing at Arapiles… the Pines Plaza is back in operation though Dawn just outside of Natimuk Juergen solos Trapeze (11) Bouldering in the shade, spotters are go Vicious scorpion Kangaroo lazing at the bottom of Tiger Wall
A long (long) Easter weekend was spent at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains. The weather and climbing were both lovely, and the old house we rented for a week was interesting, particularly with 15 people staying in it. A sample of our adventures in the photos below. As per usual, when the most climbing was being done, there was no photographic evidence. Conclusion from the trip – Sydney climbers have it pretty good when it comes to quality rock nearby (also some other conclusions about Sydney being warmer, but Melbourne being a nicer city to live in, or something like … Continue reading the blue mountains is a lovely place
No, I’m not actually going back to Tasmania. Well, not at the moment anyway. But here are a few more photos from the trip, just to prove there really was some climbing, and I wasn’t just touring around notable Tasmanian climbing locations. Most of the places we climbed at, we were the only people there. Boer heading up Cordon Bleu (15) at Freycinet I second up after Boer on Cordon Blue – damning the stuck nut. Bouldering on the beach at Honeymoon Bay. This rock was actually thoroughly manky, and swathes of sand and debris would come off … Continue reading back to tasmania
I’ve been in Tasmania, where everything is scenic, the rock is plentiful and the climbers scarce. I saw a haybale version of stonehenge, I got a flat tyre in a national park (while camping at the end of 3km of 4WD track, and broke my nut wrench trying to get the wheel off), was offered copious amounts of delicious wines by a biker couple from Canberra who were touring around Tasmania visiting wineries, watched the sunrise most mornings, visited a cheese factory, and a chocolate factory, and even climbed some rocks. The light of the setting sun over Ben … Continue reading the tasmanian story
My trip to Canada was notable for its complete lack of mooses. I thought British Columbia would be a hotbed of roadside and campsite moose activity, but it wasn’t to be. I feel cheated. There were quite a few chipmunks however. (The more interaction I have with chipmunks, the more I’m convinced that they’re vaguely evil. They have a tendency to try and stalk you, which is more unnerving than it should be.) On arriving in Vancouver, we received a rather alarming grilling from the immigration official – it went on from the fairly reasonable ‘So how do you know … Continue reading the heartbreak of a moose-less canada trip
Deep water soloing at Summersville Lake. Was fun. More coherent comments and some more pictures may be on their way, but I should really do some work now (more pictures under the clicky link thingo). Hoards swarming over the rock
Governor Stable bouldering comp photos are up here, here, here, and here. Final results are up here. And argh! Trying to do some cooking tonight – spent forever trying to track down beef stock, pastry sheets and mixed herbs (I gave up on the mixed herbs and got something called Italian seasoning in the end – it looked right at least). Plain flour is ‘all-purpose flour’. Cooking choc bits are called ‘semi-sweet morsels’. Castor sugar is ‘fine granulated sugar’. Argh, the culture shock. Edit – And the pastry I got (the only stuff they actually had) was those thin sheets … Continue reading governor stable 2005 roundup
playing on the ‘yellow peril’ sculpture. that’s not it’s real name, but a nick name it picked up when originally installed around 20 years ago. this was part of an expedition around the city finding things to climb on :)
weeee! back now. thailand was fantastic. there were chickens everywhere. some photos below, but there’s a proper gallery coming. Thailand trip: 27th January – 19th February 2004 Jackie coming up the first pitch on Ao Nang Tower. Playing hacky sack on Ton Sai Beach. The longtail boatride home from Krabi. Ton Sai Beach. The view from the top of Wat Tham Seua. Val on the Lion King (6c+). Bouldering at Railay East. Kicking back outside the Chillout Bar. Chickens!!! Roar. Sunset from Ton Sai Beach. Wat Tham Seua. Jungle internet. A longtail all dressed up for the cliff wedding. Catching … Continue reading thailand!
Team Woody (Ben and Rich) finishing.