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11:09:14 AM
Hey guys,

The El Cap Challenge is on! 1 night, 100 laps, 1000 meters..

Planning for a speed ascent of El Cap is not something to take lightly. With only 6 weeks until D Day there are lists and lists to create. What kind of food will I take? How much water will I need? What are the best shoes for the job? Can I get a cheap flight? Will I get a camping space? Oh crap this – I’m worn out already and haven’t even started climbing. There has got to be a simpler way.

Well folks there is!

Granted the views aren’t as speccy and there is a slight variation in the surface you will be climbing. Not quite granite and all, but ……

You can share the load between your team. Water on tap. Bring your shoe cupboard full of shoes. Camp out on a chair between pitches. Grab an el cheapo ride- car pool style. Sounds too good to be true!

What? What? What? Tell me more, tell me more…….

Hugh McMillan who is a Melbourne climber and VU student studying Biomedical Science has chosen CliffCare to be the nominated charity in a University project he is undertaking. Making the most of his interest and contacts in climbing he has developed a fundraiser that whilst raising much needed funds for the work that CliffCare does, will also be THE mega training sesh of the year. What a test for stamina, endurance and friendships!

Bayside Rock may not be El Cap, but with the great routes that are being constantly set there, it’s the nearest and best indoor training you’re gonna get. James Kassay who is no stranger to taking on a challenge and pummeling it into the ground has offered a brilliant low cost entry of $10 for the gym.

CliffCare has been engaged in work projects that help to protect and conserve the climbing areas we climb at. This is a major part of ensuring continued access. An added $8 on top of the reduced gym entry will go directly to the CliffCare Fund.

How does it all work?

Each team can be made up of 1-6 members. You will be climbing as many metres as you can. A final goal - if you can make it, of 914 metres which is the height of El Cap (The Nose). There will be a topo of El Cap on the night showing the various other goals to reach along the way. James and Hugh will create some challenging goals for those more competitive. And so you have an idea of what to work towards, James and his Bayside team will have already climbed ‘El Cap’ with times linked to key pitches. To make it fun whilst climbing yourself stupid, teams are welcome to come dressed as how they see fit. Possibly a team of Henry Barbers all in white with caps. A bunch of Royal Robbins replete with stroke worthy beards. This is purely optional but will help add to a great night.

Cost: $18 per person (inc. reduced gym entry and CliffCare donation)
Option to get sponsors per metre (you all remember walkathons at school don’t you?)

And besides all that, there will be……..

Spot prizes
Gold coin games
Sausage sizzle(it’s a fundraiser – wouldn’t be right not to have one.
CliffCare display
Free flowing laughter
Pumping music


For more information visit the or send an email to to register for the event.

*Please note that as this will be run in the gym, every climber will need to have been checked off for belaying before the night.

Mike Bee
11:15:15 AM
I'm in Adelaide, so I won't be able to enter or make it along, but I must say, this is a great idea.
I hope it's successful and everyone has an awesome night :)
12:10:01 PM
Sounds rad! I'm keen. My gf and I are both checked off for belaying already @ Bayside. If anyone's keen to put together a team, drop me a line.. Hugh, you should see if the VCC want to make an event of it also, that might help spread the word a bit
12:12:46 PM
@ Off route. The VCC have made it an event, thanks to Tracey Skinner and CliffCare :-)

1:49:52 PM
What i fantastic idea! I should create a new thread to advertise it, claim it as my own idea, then not turn up on the night. Brilliant!!!

(disclaimer: taking piss out of self)
5:38:47 PM
Am I the only one who felt let down, misled and cheat upon reading this thread? :-(

Pulling on plastic shouldn't be compared to climbing El Cap.
7:32:28 PM
On 12/04/2011 ambyeok wrote:
>What i fantastic idea! I should create a new thread to advertise it, claim
>it as my own idea, then not turn up on the night. Brilliant!!!
>(disclaimer: taking piss out of self)

Haha yeah, where were you, Lucian! :P
8:42:15 PM
12:05:55 AM
Shamless bump...

Enter early, enter HERE
8:50:26 PM
Attention El Cappers,

Only four days to go! I hope you are all just as pumped as we are. Just a reminder to bring your A game as it is going to be an EPIC training sesh.

Thank you for supporting CliffCare's fantastic work, see you all Friday


The El Cap Team..
Access T CliffCare
1:34:44 PM
I just thought I would bump this - because I can.

It will be a great night. I am fully pumped - to get off the ground :)
Besides the fact that it is a fundraiser and the training sesh of the year, it will be a good social event complete with the all important fundraising sausage sizzle. Feed yourself before and after reaching the first pitch.

See you there!



..::- Chris -::..
3:59:01 PM
I must be blind but i can't find the starting time anywhere ??
Access T CliffCare
5:09:43 PM
Sorry - at the time of writing the promo the time hadn't been decided.


8:28:28 AM
The blogspot says 6PM start, Access T says 6.30PM. Just wondering which is correct.
Thanks :-)
10:26:23 AM
Hey guys,

Sorry about the ambiguity. The official start time is 6pm!! There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks available at that time too ;-)

Looking forward to seeing you all there


10:42:48 AM
I just got an email from Aggie saying 6.30!
I'll aim for 6.

..::- Chris -::..
11:09:38 AM
I have the official word on the starting time(s)...

6pm Start -> University students, doll bludgers, pensioners, Council workers and Sales executives.... ; )

6:30pm Start -> Anyone else with a fulltime job working to the North / West of Ringwood.

See ya at 6:30pm.
Bayside Rock
12:54:16 PM
Hi Everyone! Hope you have your psyche on and ready to get pumped!
Hugh is aiming for 6pm start so the sooner everyone can get here the better!

James and Josh set a combined time last night for the 1000m of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 30 seconds! Climbs ranged from ones to nines.

Hope to see a huge turnout for this fundraising event.


Bayside Rock.

4:20:42 PM
Hello everyone!!!

A great big thank you to all who attended the event. With the help of all who attended and contributed we raised $635 in profits to be given to CliffCare :-)

Photos of the night are up and can be viewed on the link below:

If anyone would like high res copies of any of these photos please do not hesistate to email me on

Thank you


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