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The Ultimate trip...

JimboV10
5/12/2008
10:55:10 AM
Ok, so I have too much time and resources at work (I'm a travel agent with a reservation system and a wall full of brochures!) and am trying to put together "the Ultimate trip"

Basically what I want is - If you could only take 1 year, and this would be your only big trip, what would you do and where would you go?

Destinations dont matter, but it has to be in a west to east or east to west order to fit in with a Round World airfare...

It will be a mix of climbing and touring

Off the top of my head

Sabah - Do Mt Kota Kinabalu
South Africa - Rocklands and that sport area near by
Geckos tour from Cape Town to Nairobi - then do Mt Kilimanjaro + Mt Kenya
Spain/France/Switzerland (optional as I will be doing a working holiday in the UK after this trip so will have 2 years in Europe)
USA - Gunks/Heuco/Joes/Yosemite/Bishop/Boulder/RRG/Red Rocks
Squamish
Geckos Tour through Central America and South America
New Zealand - Paines Ford and Castle Hill
12 months finishes here
Australia at the end - Frog, Glass House Mtns, Bluies, Nowra, Buffalo, Moonarie, Grampians, Arapiles

Suggestions/best weather times/climbing partners?
qman
5/12/2008
11:00:37 AM
you cant come to NZ and not go to the Darrans, scenery + rock quality + atmosphere make it the single coolest place i have ever climbed.


nmonteith
5/12/2008
11:01:35 AM
The real trick is to work out how to combine all of this into the right time of year for each location! Be aware that Cape Town area is MISERABLE in winter (as i discovered). We spent a week at Rocklands and never really got out of the car. I didn't manage to climb anything as it was raining (and snowing) so much. Think Tasmania in winter....

You have missed Asia altogether! Think about Vietnam or China for a real cultural experience...

America is big, really big so best to stick to the west side and the Rockies. Josh Tree, Yosemite, Buttermilks, Red Rocks, Rifle, Boulder, Smith Rocks, Squamish - heaps to do!

Pat
5/12/2008
11:48:21 AM
Isn't there a thing called Everest just North of India somewhere, that might be worth putting on the list if it
hasn't already been climbed.

Eduardo Slabofvic
5/12/2008
11:52:34 AM
As Neil said, the trick is really getting the right weather for where you are. My first trip to the Alps was
picture perfect, and I thought that was how it always is, last time it flooded. Also, Asia needs to timed
around the monsoon rains, which can vary by a few weeks (e.g. early, late, long or short). So be prepared
(dib dib dib) to change plans as required with a plan B and a plan C.

This was my route.

March – Araps
April to May– Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Yosemite
June – Sheffield Grit
July to Sept – France and Spain (but you could go anywhere on the Continent)
Oct – Kashmir
Nov to Feb – Thailand
March – Araps

I wouldn’t go back to England or Kashmir, so I would spend more time on the Continent instead of U.K.,
and probably go to China instead of Kashmir. I’ve probably done enough time in Thailand to warrant not
going back, so would substitute Vietnam and Laos (Kinabalu also sounds great). This list very obviously
misses out 2 major continents, and a vast amount other locations within the ones where I did go.

A year is a long time on the road, so having somewhere on the list where you can just settle in for a while
is good. Also a year is nowhere near enough time to really go everywhere and get to know it, so you’re
just going to have to another one (or two) trips.

JimboV10
5/12/2008
12:12:35 PM
Thanks for all the advice so far...

I've already been to Thailand so dont think I would really include it on this trip...

Also, I'm not really a mountaineer as such so Kinabalu, Kili and Kenya are peaks I can do pretty easily although I think Kenya is a bit more technical??

Asia has been left off as I will probably do a seperate trip around here...

Basically my 5 (?) year plan is:

Work here until end of 09/mid 10 as I'll be Team Leader by then and will be earning some sweet coin

1 year round the world climbing/touring/not working trip (the Ultimate trip)

One way ticket to UK to do a Working Holiday (working for Flight Centre over there) which will most likely be 6 months FT work at the start, buy a van - France/Spain/Switzerland/Germany/Italy/Contiki's for 12 months - then another 6 months work to get some $$$

If all works out well, FC will sponsor me a green card to work in the US for Liberty Travel, and then I can base myself out of California/Colorado for a year or so...

I also want to use the trips as motivation to train harder, and train/compete when I am over there.. I want to spend some time at climbing works in Sheffield and on that training scene, and want to have a crack at the Mammut Triple Crown and Teva Mountain Games in the US
devlin66
5/12/2008
12:37:41 PM
Only a year?!!!!!!

Way to much to fit in. I'd rather spend a couple of months each year for the rest of my life somewhere different each time. Then you know you've got a couple of months when you get there and not try to fit it all in in a few weeks. That's my take though. After seeing 'Just Send It' Elbsandstein, Germany and neighbouring Chech. would be very high if not right at the top of my list. Something that needs to be experienced.

evanbb
5/12/2008
12:45:28 PM
Indian Creek is pretty high on my list. But I'm a crack fiend.


I do have a feeling though, that it would be hot, dry and dusty, and absolutely chock full of climbers. There must be somewhere similar that's not in the US

wallwombat
5/12/2008
1:16:38 PM
On 5/12/2008 Pat wrote:
>Isn't there a thing called Everest just North of India somewhere, that
>might be worth putting on the list if it
>hasn't already been climbed.

I doubt a guy who goes by the name of JimboV10 would really be interested in Everest.

nmonteith
5/12/2008
1:33:14 PM
On 5/12/2008 evanbb wrote:
>Indian Creek is pretty high on my list. But I'm a crack fiend.
>I do have a feeling though, that it would be hot, dry and dusty, and absolutely
>chock full of climbers. There must be somewhere similar that's not in the
>US

I suggest gong there in December then like I did. It was covered in snow, sub zero and no-one about (what a surprise!). It was a bit hard to handle the cold pains whilst jamming though.... The USA is frkn cold in winter all over the country, especially when altitude is involved. Ice skating on frozen lakes near Vegas was a bit surreal.

wallwombat
5/12/2008
1:39:16 PM
On 5/12/2008 qman wrote:
>you cant come to NZ and not go to the Darrans, scenery + rock quality +
>atmosphere make it the single coolest place i have ever climbed.

This is number 1 on my list. I must go there.

I don't think I have successfully read a book since WW&S lent me his Darrans guide. Every night all other reading material gets pushed aside and I end up drooling over the guide instead.

At least I wont need a guide when I eventually get there - I'll know the whole frikken thing off by heart!

Capt_mulch
5/12/2008
1:53:18 PM
On 5/12/2008 wallwombat wrote:
>I don't think I have successfully read a book since WW&S lent me his Darrans
>guide. Every night all other reading material gets pushed aside and I end
>up drooling over the guide instead.
>
Bring it this weekend so I can drool too. With any luck it will snow again at Booroomba...

Capt_mulch
5/12/2008
2:00:01 PM
It had to be done.



Take your pick!!

Cookie
5/12/2008
2:05:42 PM
3rd from the right, 2nd from the bottom RH corner please.

nmonteith
5/12/2008
3:00:36 PM
I suggest not mixing these and international air travel. The 'please keep your bags with you at all times' loud speaker announcements can get a little narky after awhile.
prb
5/12/2008
4:18:19 PM
On 5/12/2008 JimboV10 wrote:

>Also, I'm not really a mountaineer as such so Kinabalu, Kili and Kenya are peaks I can do pretty easily
although I think Kenya is a bit more technical??

You have to climb to tick Kenya. There are pitches of about 17 on the standard North Face route on the
high peak (Batian) so a rope and rack would be a good idea. Finding someone to climb with would also be
a good idea - it's a big mountain with plenty of objective dangers (the lower gully that route takes is a
shooting gallery). August is a good time to be there and also a good time for the Serengeti (wildebeest
migration). We only struck light snow atop Kenya.
mikl law
5/12/2008
5:15:18 PM
On 5/12/2008 Cookie wrote:
>3rd from the right, 2nd from the bottom RH corner please.
The Hoffman is a good choice

Pat
5/12/2008
5:31:28 PM
On 5/12/2008 Capt_mulch wrote:
>It had to be done.
>
>>Take your pick!!
>
I've never been into 'stamp collecting' Mulchy, so this is a question from ignorance, but are they just
different pictures or different formulations? And do any of them make slab climbing fun?

wallwombat
5/12/2008
5:45:14 PM
The yin and yangs were pretty good. So were the scorpions. The red and white Ganesh looking things were brilliant. As were the Rolling Stone lip ones. None of the others look familiar.

I'm kind of glad, really.

JimboV10
5/12/2008
6:13:36 PM
On 5/12/2008 prb wrote:
>On 5/12/2008 JimboV10 wrote:
>
>>Also, I'm not really a mountaineer as such so Kinabalu, Kili and Kenya
>are peaks I can do pretty easily
>although I think Kenya is a bit more technical??
>
>You have to climb to tick Kenya. There are pitches of about 17 on the
>standard North Face route on the
>high peak (Batian) so a rope and rack would be a good idea. Finding someone
>to climb with would also be
>a good idea - it's a big mountain with plenty of objective dangers (the
>lower gully that route takes is a
>shooting gallery). August is a good time to be there and also a good time
>for the Serengeti (wildebeest
>migration). We only struck light snow atop Kenya.

Cool thanks...I thought I would have to actually rope up for that, so maybe I'll try to con a belay partner in for just that part of the trip.. anyone wanna come to Africa??

I'm also toying with the idea of flying the round world fare in Business Class beause a) you get at least a 30kg luggage limit, plus extra hand luggage b) limosuines to and from airport to hotel - no taxis for me! c)my luggage comes off first d) i acutally get to sleep on the plane and e) with the amount of Freq flyer points I'll have afterwards, I could probably get a one way to London free! Plus for my own knowledge I want to see what all the diff Bus Classes are like - have already flown a fair bit with Emirates + Qantas - so I can pass on the info to clients etc

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