President - Nigel Joyce ,
Treasurer - Julian de Morton ,
Secretary - Graham Baxter ,
Committee members - Dannielle Medhurst, Nick Weatherall, Zac Trembath-Pitham
It ended up being a successful trip, with a cool breeze and plenty of climbers at the different crags. People climbed at Andromeda (sport), Flat Battery area (sport) and on the main cliffs (trad). We welcomed a number of new members to their first club trip and they were so impressed, many have headed up to Ngungun in the following weeks. Well done to those new to trad climbing who seconded up a number of 50m beard stroking, old school classics. The route names say it all - Rubber Soul, Deep Purple, Angie, Sticky Fingers etc. They had enthralling lessons in thutching, grunting, some jamming, chimneying, getting gear out and general all round fun. Our visiting friend from Hong Kong, Ines, who thought it was a scorcher of a day, heat wise :) was amazed at being on 50m outdoor cliffs. I for one, had forgotten how much fun the main cliffs were to climb on. And full points to Nat. Parks for the mavellous work on the new track up.
Those who climbed at the other spots also had an awesome day according to all reports. And to cap the day off some cold beers at the local pub. A perfect days climbing all in all
Well the club had an awesome trip to Arapiles ...again, this year. This trip saw 7 newcomers to the magical place of climbing called Arapiles and all of them want another trip next year. Lots of 3 star climbs were climbed along with many many metres of enjoyable climbing. One could list a cavalcade of climbs done in the 2 weeks such as Scorpion, Thunder Crack, Eurydice, Watchtower Crack, Resignation, Lamplighter, The Shroud - sort of ha ha, Missing Link, Eskimo Nell, Muldoon, Checkmate, Little Dinosaur, King Rat, Hot Flap, The Bard, Dirge, Piccolo, Conifer Crack, D Minor, Surface to Air, Agent Orange etc etc. We climbed everyday except one really wet Wednesday and that was spent at the Grampians under a dry overhang :) . A special congratulations goes to Annette who cruised her first trad leads there. Not often your first trad leads are multipitch climbs in such an awesome location. Everyone loved the climbing on solid jugs with mega exposure and the campfire talk resonated with " OMG it was such a bomber wire placement. This place is AWESOME and there was so much air below me ha ha ha."
The lads cooked up a feast every night in the camp oven - so much meat with chilli. Nick would put chilli with icecream! Lewis became the frenzied axe man when allowed to chop wood for the fire and folk enjoyed his banjo playing around the fire aka Deliverance :) , while Nick never stopped smiling both at camp and on every climb. Julian and Mark had an organised epic which had everyone else a tad worried by 830 pm, well after dark. Annette and I walked up to the bottom of Alis to see if any help was needed. Annette's question up to slow moving headlights of "Are You Guys OK?" was met with the dry Julian reply of "Of Course". Classic Julian! Terry Forbes has finally fallen in love with trad climbing and is now addicted. Narelle and Derek supplied endless entertainment carrying 2 almost identical racks up climbs then having to sort them out back at camp. Patrick absolutely loved the long multi pitches. Daniel finally got his work plans sorted late and was amazed at the majesty of Arapiles - so many amazing lines at so many grades. And thoughts are with Dave Young who returned from Japan with a horrendous head cold and still managed to get some climbs in. Soldier on Dave. Amazing how beer around the campfire and climbing at Arapiles helps the immune system :) . I have no idea where to mention shoulder aid moves ... :) but everyone enjoyed it!!
The drive down allowed tarps to be erected, helping with any overnight showers which never stopped any climbing. They also aided in attracting a couple of friendly kiwis bearing beers who enjoyed the cover and hospitality. Thanks for the fun times Jimmy and Chris.
All in all a pretty incredible trip with a fantastic bunch of climbers. I for one enjoyed ticking so many new climbs this trip and a huge thanks to Annette my belay partner. I thoughly enjoyed climbing with you and your company on the long drive.
What else to say . Nothing really, except that those who didn't come ... you missed out on another AWESOME Arapiles trip. And to the club member who said "Is it really worth a 2 day drive to climb low grades? ha ha ha. You will have no idea untill you lead The Bard. And then you will understand the magic of Arapiles.
Well all one can say is - A Very Successful 10 days of climbing. Everyone who went had a great time. We all got to do some awesome climbs, pushed our grades and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Not even some drizzle on 2 days stopped the climbing, as we climbed in the wet mist till it turned to rain then headed for the overhangs of Centennial Glen. The highlight for Julian, Nick , Ashley and myself was cruising Bunny Bucket Buttress, a grade 18, 270m 8 pitch climb at the uber Pierces Pass. Just AWESOME, with photos and video to come. Ashley was very spoilt as this was his first ever multipitch. Nick's whoops of joyous fun as he rounded the roof onto 70m of buckets on pitch 6 & 7 was something to remember. Even the abseils in were memorable.
Everyone got to climb lots of very nice 3,4 & 5 star climbs at various crags. Julian's comment was that he now has SO MUCH more on his to do list aptly sums up the trip. Well done to Breanne and Tom getting onto the pointy end of leading and Solvej leading a couple of 18s. Ashley, Julian, Nick and myself did enjoy the "orange rock' with grades to suit, not withstanding the occassional airtime :) Damn those grade 22 overhangs.
Rain led to an abortive attempt at the classic Sweet Dreams (grade 14 multipitch) on Sublime Point for a number of people and a hilarious go-pro of Johnny backing off Whymper (grade 19) in rain.
Colleen and Glenn made the most of their few days there with some great climbing and Marty breezed in from Parks to show everyone how to climb a 22 in style, even after not climbing much in the last few months.
One must mention that the cooking at the house was of a culinary standard more akin to MKR than dirtbag camping and that Nick devoured more than his share of the NSW beef herd. The awesome pies at the pub went down pretty well with a beer after climbing as well. The coffee supplies at Blackheathe are only now being replenished.
My highlights have to be Bunny Bucket Buttress (Pierces Pass), Jack High (19), Flaming Flamingo (20) and Nude Tuesday (21) at Upper Shipley as well as Little Triggers (19) and Go Lotto (20) at Bardens Lookout. Oh and the west side at New York and the 19s at Mezzaluna wall at Mt York and ..... well bloody well all of it .
If you weren't there you missed out and if you were there awesome
Trips this year will include The Blue Mts, Babylon (on Nygun Nygun), Girraween, Urbenville, Brooyar, Papparazzi and Viewpoint, Red cliffs and Goanna Point, Slider, Frog of course, Nygun Nygun main cliffs, Tibrogargan multipitching, Serpent, Tinbeerwah and Arapiles.
Hope to see you all at lots of trips