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|Victorians day tripping in QLD
Well we're back from the QLD holiday. Drove home yesterday. We managed to climb at Mt Tibrogargan and Kangaroo Point in Brisbane.
Click here for my trip report, complete with pictures.
Or click here for Phil's version.
Glad you had fun at my olde haunt Tibrogargan. Yep. it is a big pile of choss - but hey its only 45minutes from Brisbane and it has 10+ pitch routes. No where else in Oz can equal that!
The 'fin' of rock at Warrumbungles is The Breadknife - which has had climbign banned from it for at least 15 years. It is rigth above the tourist track and consists of appalling loose rock. I remember standing at the bottom contemplting a night climb and just 'digging' away at the cliff tearing of huge slabs of rock with my bear hands. I could have kept going and drilled right the cliff if I had tried!
What Michael didn`t mention was that as we topped out from Carborundum Chimney another pair of guys started up the same climb. We did all of those other climbs and those guys were still on Carbo. We ended up organising a search party consisting of Cameron Fairbairn and myself to go look for them just before dark. We found them on the ground thankfully. I was just amazed at how long those guys took.
I wouldn`t go so far as to write Tibro off as a big pile of choss as we are finding some way sweet routes on it.
I heard a story from Ron Farmer about the Breadknife in the Bungles. Apparently there used to be an on the spot fine of $100 for climbing this feature. This did not deter some of the climbers who went there. As they were rapping and they would reach the ground with the ranger standing there they would haul their $100 out of their pocket and hand it over and do a quick disappearing act. All this so they could say that they had climbed the bread knife.
I had a fun weekend on the easy classics with Michael. Gotta love Trojan, the first time I ever saw it I thought that I could never overcome the exposure that this climb offers. I reckon that the crux of Trojan is the huge free hanging abseil.
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