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Looking for climbers to Arapiles & Other
ossivalimaki
9/07/2012
11:11:32 AM
Hey!

I'm a Finnish bloke traveling around Australia with a friend and we both love climbing and want to try out the best places in here! I've heard that Arapiles and Mount Buffalo for example are really great.

We're looking for someone to go with us, cuz we don't have a rope of our own and don't know around! Can you come with us and help us conquer the magnificent mountains of Australia?

We're in Townsville at the moment and plan on travelling anti-clockwise around the country, ending up in Victoria in November/December. It would be neat to know someone who even might be able to help!

Cheers everybody for all and any help!
Tips on other good climbing around the island are also appreciated! :)

- Ossi & Tiia
Mike Bee
9/07/2012
11:24:37 AM
Hi there,

There is a lot more climbing than just Araps and Buffalo in Australia. The Grampians (just near Araps) and the Blue Mountains (2hrs west of Sydney) are probably the other two best known climbing locations in Australia. There are lots of other places that you could climb at and really enjoy too, but the Bluies, Gramps and Araps are probably the 3 most popular "destination" areas in Australia.

If you don't have a rope or gear, it can be a bit tricky. Araps is probably the easiest place in the country to rock up and meet people, but at the very least you should have your own shoes, harness and belay device. You don't mention if you two do much climbing currently? Do you sport climb (clip bolts) or trad climb (place your own protection) currently?

If you like bouldering, then you should get a pair of shoes and a pad and head to the Grampians, there are thousands of quality problems at all grades there, and you get to enjoy some very nice scenery too.

Also, don't get your hopes up on "magnificent mountains of Australia". These places contain some awesome rock climbing, no doubt, but compared to a real mountain range, they are lacking in scenery, height and bad weather!

Eduardo Slabofvic
9/07/2012
12:03:20 PM
Just turn up at Arapiles any time really and you'll be O.K. to find some one to climb with. The other places might be a bit harder to find people though, and it might be difficult to find a camp site at Buffalo during the Christmas school holiday period
gfdonc
Online Now
9/07/2012
12:21:03 PM
On 9/07/2012 Mike Bee wrote:
>Also, don't get your hopes up on "magnificent mountains of Australia".
>These places contain some awesome rock climbing, no doubt, but compared
>to a real mountain range, they are lacking in scenery, height and bad weather!

.. except in Tassie of course.
simey
9/07/2012
2:58:42 PM
I'm wondering why you didn't bring a rope if you are so keen to 'conquer the magnificent mountains of Australia'. Did you bring any climbing equipment? Do you have any experience? The way your request reads makes it sound like you are hoping for someone to provide all your kit and free guiding too.

If you guys are fairly inexperienced, don't own any gear and don't have any clue, then I suggest you get in touch with One Day Hero through Chockstone. He loves to help out people like that.


patto
9/07/2012
8:05:15 PM
On 9/07/2012 simey wrote:
>I'm wondering why you didn't bring a rope if you are so keen to 'conquer
>the magnificent mountains of Australia'. Did you bring any climbing equipment?
>Do you have any experience? The way your request reads makes it sound like
>you are hoping for someone to provide all your kit and free guiding too.

Yes. Clearly if that was the aim then much better success would be had if you had stated that you are a Finish lady traveling with another friendly Swedish lady.
pecheur
9/07/2012
10:08:01 PM
On 9/07/2012 patto wrote:

>Yes. Clearly if that was the aim then much better success would be had
>if you had stated that you are a Finish lady traveling with another friendly
>Swedish lady.

Hmm, last time I was in Araps I met a 19 year old Finnish girl with a 19 year old Dutch girl partner needing a lift home to Melbourne, does that count?
gfdonc
Online Now
9/07/2012
10:22:38 PM
Patrick, I said there was plenty of room in the car ...
patto
10/07/2012
6:59:40 AM
On 9/07/2012 pecheur wrote:
>
>Hmm, last time I was in Araps I met a 19 year old Finnish girl with a
>19 year old Dutch girl partner needing a lift home to Melbourne, does that
>count?

Pics or it didn't happen! :-p
ossivalimaki
20/07/2012
12:52:30 PM
Sorry for causing misunderstandings!

We have harnesses, shoes and belaying devices. We also know fairly much about the areas, but I've noticed that it is still best to have "locals" to take you there. And yes, we do not own a rope but have been top-rope climbing and bouldering in Finland and Australia. We've joined the JCU & Townsville climbing club now that we're staying in Townsville and been up to Mount Stuart a few times and indoor climbing several times. We would be out on the mountains every weekend with the club if we wouldn't always be working at the time.

Why we don't have a rope or a crash pad? Two reasons: we already have tons of stuff to carry around Australia and as travellers we try to keep it to the minimum as everything is mostly carried in backpacks. Ropes and pads are a lot easier to share than harnesses, for example. The other reason is that we have very little experience in setting up the ropes and/but are interested in learning.

Yah, so the main thing would be to even get to try out some of the popular destinations and to find the climbable spots from vast mountain ranges. Arapiles, Bluies, Gramps and not to forget Tasmania (I've heard of the totem pole, is it doable?)

EDIT:
Meaning, we're not newbies without a clue, but we're not high-tech-pro-experts either. More like something in the middle.

Duang Daunk
21/07/2012
11:43:39 AM
On 20/07/2012 ossivalimaki wrote:
>and not to forget Tasmania (I've heard of the totem pole, is it doable?)
>
I suggest you get in touch with simey, who posted higher in this thread. He loves to help out people by telling them about that due being one of the first ascentionists and now in older age needing to remind himself of it.

He is also good at tyroleans if you are interested.

Robbie
21/07/2012
12:28:45 PM
Hey Ossi & Tiia,

A bit of info on your climbing level and style might give us an idea of where to point you when you get too Victoria.

Meanwhile, the following links maybe of help.

Queensland. http://www.qurank.com/

Northern Territory. http://www.climbingnt.net.au/
http:www.redcentre rock.info

Western Australia. http://www.climberswa.asn.au

Have Fun

"AND THE BEAT GOES ON."

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