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O happy days... 3-Jul-2016 At 8:49:21 PM Miguel75
After a long and torturous recovery from a shoulder injury (~7 months) coupled with no time to for anything remotely fun, I successfully managed to sneak in my first climb in way too long. The physio cleared me to climb and has been waiting 3 weeks for me to report back and I have to say when I do report back it'll likely be via interpretive dance;)

I only had 4 hours in which to gorge myself (nudge nudge) so ducked out to Werribee Gorge for some self belay action. Given it was a Saturday and pretty nice weather I thought it'd be absolutely packed, and I was half right. There were only 9-10 people in a few groups, though all were congregating around the Snatch and Grab/ Conscientious Pontus area. I was thinking I'd hit Big Ears as a warm up (as I reckon it's a WG classic at the grade) so I popped my head over the lip, confirmed I wouldn't be in the way and set myself up for some much needed fun. I was feeling a smidgeon hesitant around my shoulder though after gingerly climbing the first half I felt fine and decided to let it all hang out. About this time a few of the crew voiced their hesitation around my self belay setup and it wasn't until I was halfway up the climb and successfully obliged one of the young ladies who called out, "will you please jump off?" that their fears were allayed.

After a few laps on Big ears I got to talking with another young lass who was climbing Contientious Pontus. She said she wanted to learn to jam and I offered her my tape gloves in exchange for a belay. I was a little hesitant with my shoulder, and the 9.5mm rope being used for TR, though managed to climb it in a way that felt quite good, though in actuality probably looked like a really crap climber just coming back Fromm climbing hiatus;)

While I only managed 2 hours of climbing I have to say it was excellent dangling off a rope again;)

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