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can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 9, 2012 - 09:04am PT
Edge of the Grampians
Edge of the Grampians
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Aussie mailbox near the Grampians
Aussie mailbox near the Grampians
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Tidy Natimuk
Tidy Natimuk
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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
This is a tidy bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
Yearly bump...
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Mar 3, 2013 - 12:25am PT
I visited Arapiles for the first time in March 1984. It's where I learned about "Fires" I was following a guy I was climbing with and he walked across this low angle slab. When I followed him I slipped right away as the rock is somewhat polished but he had NO problem on it with the Fires. I was sold.

There was quite a contingent of local "Punk rock climbers" at the time all climbing quite hard. I was 22 at the time and I remember this rumour going around camp of an "old guy" going through three partners in a day and climbing heaps. Well it was John Fantini at the tender age of around 40. Funny what old is when your in your early 20's. He was still climbing hard up at Skaha just a few years ago where he has put up many 5.11s and 5.12s. He red pointed a 5.12d on his 65th birthday a few years back. Seems to live off bananas alone.




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Some guys from Sydney who took me under their wing, Australian hospitality!
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At Mt Buffalo, this guy who I climbed with alot went on to become a serial killer who eventually got caught and commited suicide in jail in 1990.Nice guy I thought but was a "kicker and swearer" on the rock when he failed sometimes. Glad I never called him on it.
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Ozymandias is on that feature
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The Cathedral, this is long before the forest fire from a few years back that came through. It burned everything in it's path. It's barren here now.
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Mt Piddington, Blue Mountains I think.I'm wearing Asolo canyons when I should of been wearing Fires!
March 1984, I'm wearing Asolo canyons when I should of been wearing Fi...
March 1984, I'm wearing Asolo canyons when I should of been wearing Fires!
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I think this is at Booroomba rocks, ACT or Mt Buffalo
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This is some early rendition of what they thought climbing walls should be and I don't even remember the university that it was at.Good thing I'm wearing a harness.
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Ben Emery

Trad climber
Australia via Bay Area via Australia...
Mar 3, 2013 - 03:24am PT
The Cathedral, this is long before the forest fire from a few years back that came through. It burned everything in it's path. It's barren here now.

Not at all barren now; the snowgums have sent out new shoots from the ground with a vengeance and the undergrowth has come back - which can make for the odd bush-whack. Mind you, there is plenty of dead wood sitting around from trees killed by the last fire, so the next one could be a really big one.

Buffalo's probably my favorite climbing spot in Victoria; move-by-move the quality of the routes has nothing on Araps but it has a more adventurous/big-day-out feel and a couple of multi-pitch routes that would be popular even in Yosemite. And of course it's about the only place in Victoria where I can bust out the portaledge without it looking completely silly... :-/
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 08:19am PT
Karen Roseme on the Watchtower/Skink
Karen Roseme on the Watchtower/Skink
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Sandanista
Sandanista
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"E"ternity
"E"ternity
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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 20, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
Nice shots Pat!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 7, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Helping Al build the psyche!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Child bump...
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Dec 24, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
I can remember hearing about Arapiles from Aussie climbers in Yosemite in the early 80's. They claimed it was the best crag (or collection of crags) in the world. Everyone who has been there seems to love it.
I will go there someday, maybe in a few years
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Dec 24, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
God, I miss Araps. Especially in December; fantastic place to spend Christmas.
Such good rock. And all the bird songs going off all day long.

Arne
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 24, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
This is a serious question - how many aussie climbers suffer insectivorous
or reptilian grief from sticking their hands into places they can't see?
The way I understand it everything there is poisonous.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 28, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
Al- how was your trip?

It would be interesting to see what sort of techniques were developed locally to deal with the creepy crawlies. Greg could certainly illuminate.

Poke a test stumpy in there...
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:43am PT
Reilly,
When we did the mandatory raps down to the sea ledge at Point Perpendicular we were swimming in funnels from the Sydney funnel web spider, probably the most deadly spider on the planet. In Tasmania at Ben Lomond we had a huge black Tiger snake cruise right through our campground and you don't mess with those guys. But you know when you're there climbing I can't explain it but it just didn't occupy my mind. I guess the climbings too good to worry about it.

Yes you are right, it seems all things there are venomous. I've been told that ALL snakes in Tasmania are poisonous. Makes it easy, you just stay away from all of em!

Arne
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