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Araps just after Xmas.
Uncle Boz
7:58:32 AM

Getting a bit ahead of myself here as I'm talking about the end of December but here goes...

I'm heading out to Melbourne from the UK for a couple of weeks after Dec 25th or so and wanted to pack my rack in the hope that I'd be able to get 4/5 days, or more if possible, out at Araps ticking off a few.

I'm travelling from the UK visiting a few friends, non-climbers alas, and would be somewhat disappointed if I wasn't able to get onto some of the worlds finest sandstone! The one thing I'm missing as you may have guessed is a climbing partner, and that is where I thought this forum might be able to help.

I was kind of hoping to be able to hook up for a mid-week trip (or trips in consecutive weeks) with individuals or groups who wouldn't mind another making numbers up.

I've been climbing for 3/4 years UK with a few weeks in the Alps over the last couple of seasons. I lead up to VS 4c, that's what that 16/17?, on a really good day, but going to have to consolidate at this grade for a while as I'm sure there are a few out there that are going to kick my ass; 6b sport; V3/V4 Font 6a/6b. Happy seconding harder.

I've got rack and am not bothered if I have to bring my doubles. I am likely to have some wheels sorted from Melbourne too.

In short it looks like I'll be there 25 Dec - 10 Jan, so drop me a mail if you can help @


8:36:11 AM
>I'll be there 25 Dec - 10 Jan

Apart from our summer heat, that is prime holiday time for many Aussies.
~> Arapiles will have heaps of climbers in residence at that time, and you should have no problems arriving at campsite and finding a partner/s.


Though the nearby Grampians has much sandstone.

Arapiles is a veritable wonderland at the grades you are interested in. You won't be disapppointed.
8:52:14 AM
Yea M9 has the right of it. Show up at the campsite you will find partners. Think Camp 4
but cleaner and friendlier.

Uncle Boz
12:12:50 PM
Nice one.


Well if you see a lone Brit in need of a belay, sort him out eh?!
1:40:40 PM
Hey Boz - Myself and a few others will be there from about the 22nd December - ?? January for an extended stay - so I wouldn't worry about finding partners.

It's my first trip to araps and am keen to get in a good number and range of routes. Hopefully it won't be too hot.

Everyone else - What are the options for rest days in an around Araps? Any decent walks to do? Swimming spots? Or find a shady tree and read a book for the first time in a while?

1:51:15 PM
Count lizards or go bouldering ?
Uncle Boz
10:55:02 PM
Thanks GM.

I'll be furiously searching for shade! Always good to pick up a few contact in advance.

On the topic of rest days, how much aggravation is a journey for a walk into the Grampians?

Dan na man
7:05:10 PM
I'll be heading to Grampians & Mt Arapiles from 25th Dec - 3rd Jan & looking for a climber partner aswell. Grampians isn't that far from Mt Arapiles. About 40 min drive.
Mike Bee
9:59:19 PM
On 8/11/2009 Uncle Boz wrote:
>On the topic of rest days, how much aggravation is a journey for a walk
>into the Grampians?

Depends how hot it is. Generally during summer that part of the world is consistently 35degs or higher. If you're keen to go for a walk, take a lot of water (like, a 1L per hour minimum). I'd probably use the rest day to rest. Sleep in, find a shady tree and relax.
Uncle Boz
12:36:49 AM
Sweet. Looks Iike it's all sorted then.

Would any one like to give me an insight into what they've got planned for New Years at Araps. I've got a crate of beer but not sure I can get through it all on my own!

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