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RWM Nominations
10:36:30 PM
Nominations for the Rick White Memorial gives climbers the oppotunity to recognise significant achievements in climbing. The following passage was writen by Jane White about nominating momentous achievements and contributions to climbing.

"Anyone interested in nominating or if you know someone who should be nominated for the Rick White Medal 2009 nomination forms are available.
The Medal honours anyone within the climbing community who has contributed significantly to Australian climbing in any form. Last year the nominations were not deemed to have significantly placed Australian climbing on the world stage. The Medal was established in memory of Rick White who was a climbing pioneer and founder of Mountain Designs. Mountain Designs supports the award by giving gear and a monetary incentive to travel overseas for climbing purposes.

The committee of four members of the climbing community, which includes mountaineer Michael Groom, judge each entry on his/her contribution to Australian climbing.

I have always wanted the award to be one of excellence and have set stingent guidelines to the selection criteria. Having said that I am sure that as always there have been significant achievements which will stand up to the committee's scrutiny. I am looking forward to seeing your achievements. Jane White"

To nominate please visit the link below. The nomination form's direct link is the second website.

11:23:35 AM
I nominate these nutters!

A bold, crazy, hard and unassisted ascent by two of Australia's keenest young climbers.

11:30:15 AM
yeah absolutely I 2nd that!

11:54:41 AM
On 5/03/2009 nmonteith wrote:
>I nominate these nutters!
>A bold, crazy, hard and unassisted ascent by two of Australia's keenest
>young climbers.

I agree, but to save me reinventing the wheel, ... have you (or Hawkman) 'officially' nominated them vide the link provided in the original post?

12:29:39 PM
no - i havn't filled in that form.
Cam McKenzie
1:35:25 PM
While it seems to have gone largely unnoticed outside Tasmania, Doug McConnell and Deano Rollins freeing of the original aid route on the Totem Pole would have to be up there wouldn't it?

It's probably the most iconic piece of rock in Australia.

4:14:07 PM
>largely unnoticed outside Tasmania

Do you have any links to further info on that ascent?
Cam McKenzie
8:25:57 PM

There's a post from Doug towards the bottom that has a route description.

9:21:54 PM
On 5/03/2009 Cam McKenzie wrote:

>It's probably the most iconic piece of rock in Australia.

Would it be iconic at all if it wasn't for Simon Carter's photographs of it?

I doubt it.

Personally, I think Arapiles is "the most iconic piece of rock in Australia". It's the ''piece of rock that people travel from all over the world to climb.

Steve Monks original freeing of Ozy would rank miles above that IMHO. And Ozy is definitely iconic.

Anyway, my musing on this subject is off topic so I'll get back to it.

Is the idea of the RWM award thingo meant to be for "contributions" to Australian climbing or for doing some bitchin climb?

From the initial post I gathered it was more for all round contributions, such as Bob McMahon's contribution over the years to new routing and writing guide books in Tassie or Mikl's many years of putting up routes and his current work on rebolting, etc, etc....

I think Lee and Jake's climbs are incredible. Don't get me wrong.

But does being the best climber or putting up a really hard climb mean you are contributing more than say someone who has worked tirelessly on access issues or climber education or replacing fixed pro or something like that?

I don't know. I'm just throwing the cat amongst the pidgeons.

9:48:08 PM
On 4/03/2009 casscrane wrote:

> Last year the nominations were not deemed to have significantly placed Australian climbing on the world stage.

I somehow missed this bit. I must be tired.

Yeah, Lee and Jake get my vote.
11:58:42 AM
On 5/03/2009 Cam McKenzie wrote:
>There's a post from Doug towards the bottom that has a route description.

I'm interested in the choice to use expansions so close to the sea ... stainless is good but is it that good?
Cam McKenzie
1:50:08 PM
Not sure what the rationale behind that was, you'd have to ask the lads.

There are fixed hangers at the base of the mainland and the base of the Candlestick to rig the Tyrolean across the chasm (and more up high to rig it back to the mainland) also. These have been there for quite a while (I think anyway, the steel biners on the hangers are very rusted) and aren't showing any signs of rust. So, it's not quite as bad as Thailand down there (well not yet anyway).
4:22:14 PM
Andrew Locke gets my vote - particularly if he knocks off the last of the 14 8000m peaks that he is on the mission for. That will be a first for Australians and in the world of mountaineering is still a staggering effort.
12:48:40 PM
Great ideas every-one. The comittee will be looking for any-one who has achieved well in climbing or is or has been an important contributor. We are looking for mountaineers, boulderers, trad climbers, sport climbers, big wall, contributors, etc. Remember to nominate on the nomination form using the link above.

2:46:17 PM
The link above is pretty ordinary. It seems to not be direct. I ended up copy and pasting the form (and having to modify it), to an email ...
9:36:08 AM
Sorry about that. It works on my computer but we may need to look at changing the format for different computers.

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