On 13/02/2008 Eduardo Slabofvic wrote:
>On a slightly related note. Has anyone ever gone on a bouldering trip
>in this region? I was skiing around
>the Rams Heads and noticed the vast number of granite boulders, all with a nice white crash pad under
I have been up there with some hiking boots and have done some scrambling around and had a look at some of the boulders.
The rock is super course and it's a bit loose in places and licheny. There looks to be a few good problems though, but I would say that they would be few and far between. It seems a bit contrived traveling so far for average bouldering--instead I'd recommend walking up to blue lake for the day in summer, from Charlotte's Pass, and doing some of the climbs -- this is a very underrated cliff for summer...many many classic climbs on superb rock, but the guide book we had is no good at advertising it! (or getting you to the start of the climbs for that matter). A crag like this would be climbed out and swarming in Europe!
In winter, I once drove to Guthega and was blizzarded on for two days in my tent near Blue lake and then I went home. The walk in was not great in deep wet snow, but snowshoes would be the best bet for all conditions. One of us was with snow shoes, one with skis(with skins) and the other with mountaineering boots---the snow shoes definitely were best, followed by skis and then boots. The route in from Guthega is steeper than from Charlotte's Pass (but often the road is closed up to Charlotte's in winter).