Saturday 21st November 09
Place: Wayne's Place (check emails!)
Trains & buses are close by. (give Wayne a call if you require help planning)
Time: 6:00 pm till whenever
Partners and children are most welcome
Please BYO alcohol.
BRC will provide meat/vegetarian fare & also breads, nibbles & soft drinks.
Bring a chair to sit on, money for BRC tee-shirts and 2010 Subscriptions.
Please RSVP (Do it now!)
Next weekend on Sunday 13, the BRC trip is scheduled for Viewpoint Buttress on Mt Maroon.
Maroon is a half hour past Frog (so 1.5 to 2 hours south west of Brisbane)
Let the committee know if you are interested.
It is trad gear with the lower grades being 16-18. There is only a couple climbs below this grade.
Please reply by Tuesday evening so I can finalise planning in case another venue is needed.
We're also still looking for recent trip photos
We're looking for photos and trip reports from BRC trips. You can either give Sean a CD, DVD, email or flash or ask for info on how to directly upload to the site.
Remember we are still looking for confirmations for the Nowra Trip. We now a decent sized party going.
Nowra - September 20 (Sun)- Sept. 26 (Sat)
Nowra climbing is steep (vertical) climbing on short sandstone cliffs and has a lot of hard climbing. locationmap
Don't be put off by that as it is mainly sports climbing with enough easier & mid grades to keep everyone busy for a five day stay, without having to climb grade 20 or more.
Add to that, so long as open, a possible drive to the spectacular Point Perpendicular, an hour away, for airy sea cliff climbing which is certainly not sports climbing, and a bit more serious, but exhilarating.
The site below shows that there is plenty of climbs to do between grades 16-19. Don't beput off by the star system as most are good quality.
• climbing australia
This is the first week of Qld. school holidays, but NSW school holidays don't commence until October 3-18, so the camping and cliffs are not busy.
We will be camping in Nowra, probably at the ski park (to be confirmed) which is directly across the river from "Thompsons Point" cliffs, the main climbing area.
The Ski park has the advantage of offering canoes (usually complimentary to climbers) which enables us to paddle across the river to the cliffs. No driving involved and less risk of cars being broken into which has been a problem in the past. The alternative camping site is the Wildlife Park next door.
Should be no need to book early.
Ski park camping at $10 p.p. per night
Wildlife park camping at $8 p.p. per night
Send an email to the club if you are thinking about going as people will be trying to arrange transport as most will be driving. (1100km, 14 hrs) RouteMap here:
Advise if you need a lift or can give one, and preferred departure from Brisbane and Nowra.
Dennis has been there a couple times before, so contact him if you need more info on climbing at Nowra.
Dennis has received advice from Helen Abrahams, (Councillor for The Gabba Ward), that there will be a public consultation meeting on Saturday (30/5/09) from 10am to 1pm at the old TAFE site at the northern end of Kangaroo Point. The club has also been approached by Adam Gibson from the Queensland chapter of the Australian Climbing Association to ask members to attend this event to promote greater access to the cliffs below:
Thus far, climbing has been very noticeably absent on the literature surrounding the redevelopment despite in-depth submissions made by the Australian Climbing Association and QUT cliffhangers rockclimbing club.
This does not bode well for climbers and unless we take some action and make ourselves heard it is likely that the climbing ban will remain in place.
What I'd like to see is for each of the clubs to organise as many as possible of their members, and certainly at least a delegation of five or six people, to attend the meeting, make themselves known and make it clear that they want to see climbing opened up from the stairs to lightbox #1.
If you could please make this information available to your members and encourage them to attend that would be excellent.
I'd encourage anyone who can make it to go along and wear a club shirt. You can't complain about closed climbs and overcrowding at KP if you don't!.
Adam has also offered the ability for the BRC to affiliate with the Qld chapter of the ACA. All members would then automatically become ACA members. This is an opportunity for the club to have a voice in and lend support to the work of the the ACA:
to help to support our efforts to create a clear, representative organisation supporting climbing as a legitimate activity and helping to build and strengthen relationships with land managers and policy makers.
Affiliating with the ACA would marginally increase BRC annual subs (probably by $10). The committee will be discussing and advising the approach shortly. If you have a view on how you would like us to deal with this issue please email or discuss with a committee member ASAP.
It has been suggested that the Sept Trip be moved forward one week and now go to Nowra. Dennis is checking facilities etc and formal advice will follow.
Finally, weather permitting, next Tuesday will be a KP Sausage Sizzle for financial members. The BRC has picked up another batch of new members recently, come along and have a chat.
You should have all now received the proposed trip list for 2009. Let us know if you have any comments. The calendar has been updated and a final hardcopy version will be available soon.