Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hot Hot Hot!

So summer is well and truly here in Canberra... its been 30+ degrees celcius every day for a while now and its almost too hot to climb so it will be late afternoons doing easy problems for a few months now I think... its just too hot to send anything hard :-(

Chis Webb, Helen Day & I went to Bungonia Gorge last friday and while it was too hot to do much I had a play on a nice v8 that I'll be keen to get back and do once it cools down... I can see me spending a fair bit of time there over next winter... Such a great bouldering area! But the walkout is a nightmare haha

Have fun guys and gals... I'll write again soon :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More North Black

Two posts in one day... who would have thought it! haha

Josh, Richo and I popped out to North Black this afternoon for a few hours bouldering at 'The Hill'.

While perhaps not in top form Josh and I managed to do a cool and slightly highball v5 and Richo got up the classic v4 on the left end of the steep wall.

We all spent the remainder of the time falling off various desperate problems on the steep wall there... I'm keen to work on the undercling v8 traverse there... so gotta get out there again soon!

North Black

Well the weekend just gone had a bit more rain than we would have liked for bouldering but the land needs the rain so I am sure we can put up with it!

It rained way too much on friday night for us to boulder on saturday so we trained out at the gym in Mitchell for a few hours in the afternoon...

On sunday all was well though so Ross and I headed out to North Black and had a pretty successful day!

We started at 'Frost Hollow' where Ross did a nice v3 and I did an extended start to the awesome 'Sisyphus'... we then tried a few hard things and got thoroughly spanked on them haha

Then we went and had a quick burn on Chris Webb's unrepeated 'Lonesome' v11... damn that thing is hard, and such an awesome line! Long term project for sure ;)

After that we headed to 'The Hill' and we both flashed a nice v4. I also did a new first ascent on the steep wall there... Starting on the low edge and undercling on the far left of the wall (its a bit of a short man start) then up and right to a new top out between the left hand problem and the v8 in the middle... I called it "Smack My Bitch Up' and its about v6.

So all in all a good day that left us psyched to get back out there and finish off unfinished business!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Rainy weekends...

Well this weekend we managed to get out to Pierces Creek after work on friday afternoon and Josh and I did a tough little problem called 'Pizza Knob' v5 at The Tumblers.

Other than that we got alot of rain all weekend and didnt really climb at all...

Oh well, this weekend should be alot more productive! (We hope!)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pierces Creek

So yet again it is nearly the weekend and I am only just getting around to telling you all what we got up to last weekend haha

Well last saturday Josh, Dave and myself (with Josh's 2 yr old girl Hayley too of course!) got ourselves out to Pierces Creek for a bit of granite action.

We had a ball, but didn't actually manage to get up anything... we played on 'Gastagon' v7 at Cohiba, only to fall just short of the burly opening gaston move time and time again! But we were close so it will happen sooner or later :-)

Then we were of the The Playboy Mansion to try 'Public Enemy' v7. Josh did well but the reachy cross through moves shut me down... but not to worry, I'm keen to try again because it is such an awesome line... a truly classic Canberra line!

Then Josh headed home and Dave and I stopped in at The Tumblers so I could try out one last problem. Again I left empty handed, but psyched to go back and finish what I'd started.

All in all a fun day that left us keen to get back out to Pierces Creek to finish off some tasty granite lines!

Heres a few pics.. enjoy!

Me trying, and trying, and trying to stick the first move of 'Gastagon'

Josh crossing his way through the start moves of the awesome 'Public Enemy'

Me again on the last problem of the day