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Booroomba accident 26-Apr-2016 At 2:09:51 PM cruze
Wow that northern slabs guide looks like a labour of love!

My first experience on the northern slabs was with two mates (all 15 yo) and about 6 pieces of gear we didn't know how to use, trying to climb drunken delight (all of grade 8) in my brother's canvas army boots. We dogged the crap out of the first pitch each lowering off a size 11 Hex held tight by two match-head sized crystals of granite before finally "unlocking" its secrets.

By the time we got to the top it was dinner time I think so we sauntered on down to our camp at the carpark and told tall tales into the cold Brindabella night. By the time we were finished with that we psyched ourselves up for Aitchison's Needle and Overhang Corner the next morning. First time I ever went rock climbing. I thought I was eXtreme.

I kinda like the notion of opening up the northern slabs with more readily available information but would be a bit sad if 15 year olds now weren't able to have an experience like mine in many ways. It wasn't necessarily a healthy experience, but it did spark in me something that I have held to this day.

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