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|American seeking climbing buddies on East coast
I'm an American coming to Australia from Sat Nov 28 to Tues Dec 22, on tour and hoping to do some climbing! I reckon I'll be in Sydney to start, then head up north, swing back down to Melbourne probably around Dec 9 - 16 or so (plans are still pretty flexi for the moment, as I'm just going to be on tour) and would def. like to do some climbing if I can.
I climb at around 5.10d in the States - a conversion chart tells me that's a 21 by Aus grading I think. I won't be traveling with gear, unfortunately - got a month of backpacking after all - but if I can find someone to climb with I won't mind picking up a harness and shoes or something. It'll be in the back half of my trip by then, after all - I can always bring that stuff home with me.
Drop me a line, I'd love to get up the rock down there in Victoria - or in NSW, or in QLD!
First time in Oz - best time in Oz!
On 25/11/2009 conanpb5k wrote:
>I won't mind picking up a harness and shoes or something. It'll be
>in the back half of my trip by then, after all - I can always bring that
>stuff home with me.
You will find the price of climbing equipment in this country wicked, compared to America.
~> It may be better to bring your basics, and perhaps sell them off at the end of your trip to help defray your costs!
On 25/11/2009 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>You will find the price of climbing equipment in this country wicked,
>compared to America.
>~> It may be better to bring your basics, and perhaps sell them off at
>the end of your trip to help defray your costs!
I agree - at the very least, bring your harness, climbing shoes, chalkbag, screwgate and belay device with you. That way you'd have the option of heading out climbing with people that had gear (ropes, quickdraws etc). I just did a quick look on a couple of websites showing gear prices in Australia, and it looks like to buy a harness here will set you back at least AUD100, and shoes at least AUD150 at the moment.
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