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Amazing base/climb pic Grose Valley
10:30:06 AM
Thought this was pretty cool...any idea which route?

From the Oz mag (not sure if they have the right rock type):

Day-trippers from the big smoke marvel at the place over a picnic. Rock climbers such as Stephen Winnacott (pictured bottom left) scale its soaring limestone cliffs, which are 300m high in places. And then there are BASE jumpers such as Jesse Phillips, who like to soak up the view from the top, then lob themselves off.

The idea for this staged photo was born in the pub, where Winnacott was telling his friend, photographer Mark Watson, about a strange experience he'd had on a difficult climb in the Grose Valley. He'd been halfway up a cliff-face, totally absorbed in the task at hand, when his concentration was suddenly shattered by a loud sssccCCHOOOP! behind him. It was the sound of a BASE jumper's parachute opening; the guy had leapt from the top of the cliff and was now floating down to terra firma. "It was a shock initially, but that was quickly replaced by a sense of awe and amazement," says Winnacott, 31.

He and Watson decided to recreate it in a photo, enlisting their friend Phillips, a veteran of 500 BASE jumps and a fellow resident of Sydney's northern beaches. Watson, dangling in space on a rope strung from the overhanging clifftop, orchestrated the action and shot it at nine frames per second - then layered the 22 photographs in Photoshop to give the time-lapse effect of Phillips' trajectory.

Winnacott, a marketing manager, has been climbing for 10 years and is always impressed when he sees BASE jumpers. Would he ever try it? "Never say never," he replies. Not so Watson, who, even as a leading adventure photographer, admits he struggles with heights; getting this shot, he says, involved "waiting for the light, then concentrating on the composition and timing, and shouting instructions - all the while hanging over a 200m drop, trying not to crap myself".

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1:31:52 PM
Great photo.
Yes you are correct, the rock type is sandstone, not limestone.
~> The nearest limestone to that location is probably Jenolan Caves!
10:30:22 AM
So anybody - route name?

I have my grandfather's old WW2 parachute and thought i might try and recreate the shot with a mate :)

11:14:46 AM
Route looks like Super Trance 2000 to me.

I thought BASE jumping was illegal. Seems like a silly stunt to be putting in the mainstream press!
1:24:33 PM
I reckon Neils right. Check out the back cover of the 2007 guide - I reckon Monique is in exactly the same spot.

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