A group of 15 participants from WeExplore joined Geoff and I for a wonderful day rock-climbing in the beautiful Grampians national park!
Marc, Becca and Luke braved the clear but frigid weather at Camels Hump this weekend to learn all about top rope anchors and safe abseiling. Lots in the way of witty banter was thrown around, which makes for a fun learning environment! Not looking at anyone in particular, Marc.
Yes it was cold, but there is no such thing as “too cold”… only “not the right gear!” Until next time guys!
This Easter, the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club hired me to run three two-day Top-Rope and Seconding courses for their participants. Over 6 days, a total of 15 students hiked, climbed, clipped, knotted, placed, inspected and discussed their way through a series of skills necessary for safe, effective Top-Rope setups, and for working with a Lead Climber to safely and efficiently follow up some amazing trad climbs.
I enjoyed teaching this course (as I always do), but by the end of the 6th day I was mega exhausted! In saying that, a good group of enthusiastic students makes for a great experience for everyone, and we certainly had some fantastic people along!
Thank you guys for the opportunity to show you some essential skills out on the rock! See you next time!
This one-day course was organised through Gravity Worx Climbing Gym in Coburg. Minerva and Justin already had “lead-passes” from indoor gyms in Melbourne, and wanted to learn to transition their skills into the outdoors. A perfect sunny day (despite a cold weather report) at “Back-wall”.
This one-day course was organised through Gravity Worx Climbing Gym in Coburg. These 9 people already had “lead-passes” from indoor gyms in Melbourne, and wanted to learn to transition their skills into the outdoors. A perfect sunny day with the group at “Back-wall”. Still cannot believe that on a Saturday no other climbers showed up… it was fantastic for us though!
Bianca and Ethan joined me for two days last weekend, covering top-rope anchors and some basic sport-climbing skills. Two loooong days meant we were all exhausted but happy!
I took this family of three out to Mt Macedon one week and the Cathedral Ranges yesterday. They had heaps of fun climbing on the rocks, abseiling and even some top-rope setting!
An awesome 2 days spent with this crazy crew, who offered up lots of fun banter and a keen learning attitude. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching you guys, I hope you enjoy these photos, and I hope to see you again out on the rock!
So… after far too many years I finally got to take my brother Lincoln out climbing at Arapiles over New Years. Turns out he’s got some natural talent… he managed to pull off an ascent of “Pilot Error” (20) on his 4th day climbing…ever! Other climbs in the trip included Muldoon, Agamemnon, Missing Link, The Bard, Eskimo Nell, Spiral Staircase and Camelot (at midnight on NY’s!). The abseil pictured is during the descent from Ali’s. Whew, what a busy 3 days! Not bad for someone who claimed to be afraid of heights on the first day.