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Rock Odyssey: Simon Carter's new book & slide show
onsight
22/11/2011
3:23:41 PM
Hi everyone!

After working on this for much of the last six years, I'm delighted to announce my new coffee-table book: World Climbing: Rock Odyssey has arrived! You can preview it on my web site here.

To celebrate the new book, I'll be giving an audio-visual show which presents some exceptional rock climbing destinations from Australia and around the world.

Hope you can come along, catch up, help us launch the new book and enjoy the show:

KATOOMBA -- Tuesday 29th November The Carrington Hotel Ballroom, Katoomba. $5.

SYDNEY -- Wednesday 7th December Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, 117 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield. Free!

CANBERRA -- Wednesday 14th December Hayden Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU. Free!

MELBOURNE -- Tuesday 20th December 1000 Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street. Free!

7.30 for 8pm start.

Next year I plan to do shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, and perhaps some other locations.

Cheers!

Simon

onsight
22/11/2011
3:23:57 PM
AND... you might remember we had a little competition here on Chockstone six years ago when my previous book came out... Well, likewise, here is your chance to win a copy of the new book. Topic of discussion:

Which photograph has triggered an adventure in your life? (Doesn't have to be one of mine).

Tell us your story!

Best story wins a copy of the new book and calendar. Winner announced 16th December.

nmonteith
22/11/2011
3:30:08 PM
Incredible photos as usual Simon. What I have always loved about the majority of your photos is the use of the landscape with the climber. So many of your photos really highlight the exotic locations that we visit!

Capt_mulch
22/11/2011
4:42:32 PM
When are you coming to Honiara :-(

Miguel75
23/11/2011
6:25:28 AM
On 22/11/2011 onsight wrote:
>Which photograph has triggered an adventure in your life?
>(Doesn't have to be one of mine).

Back in 93 I was a spending all my time surfing and skating when I saw a pic from a snowboard vid titled 'Roadkill.' The pic was of Shaun Palmer at Snowbird ski resort. It was back in the day when he was sporting his Krusty the clown haircut and catching huge air into a ridiculous looking powder field. What made the pic amazing, to me, was the color of the sky contrasting with the pure white untracked powder; the amazing backdrop of Mt Superior across the valley and being able to see all the way down Little Cottonwood Canyon into the Salt Lake valley.

The whole scene struck a chord within me and I packed my surf, skate and snowboards up and moved to Salt Lake to sample the frozen love of the Wasatch mountain range. That picture sparked a 10 year adventure, chasing snow and dreams across the USA and Japan, resulting in me meeting my wife.

I'd actually managed to keep that pic throughout my time galavanting around and only recently lost it:(

And Roadkill remains my all time favourite snowboard movie...
onsight
28/11/2011
11:55:14 AM
Sweet story Miguel. Love the "meeting my wife" outcome...

So far things are looking pretty good for you. Like a lot of competitions, sometimes half of winning is just turning up.
onsight
28/11/2011
12:00:04 PM
OK, we've changed the date of the CANBERRA show; pushed it back a day to:

Wednesday 14th December.

I'm still hoping to get confirmation of a Melbourne show in the next day or two.

Katoomba show is tomorrow. I've spent the last few days working on it and am totally psyched! Looking forward to seeing some of you all at the shows.
onsight
28/11/2011
12:01:49 PM
On 22/11/2011 Capt_mulch wrote:
>When are you coming to Honiara :-(

Sorry Capt, I'd completely overlooked the great climbing there...
widewetandslippery
28/11/2011
12:14:55 PM
Hienz Zac Chain Reaction photo of Alan Watts. Made me go to america. Close, Bill Hatchers photo of Todd Skinner on the Gunfigher. Did chain never the gunfighter. Always liked that mountain photo of jimmy jewel on the axe with the caption quoting stevie haston "today the axe tomorrow the chop". Dunno the photographer
maxdacat
28/11/2011
1:14:51 PM
On 28/11/2011 widewetandslippery wrote:
>photo of jimmy jewel on the axe
>with the caption quoting stevie haston "today the axe tomorrow the chop".

how prescient.
mikllaw
28/11/2011
1:14:59 PM
1976, a B+W British photo book (the only way to make vegetated crags look decent) called "Rockclimbers in action in Snowdownia".

There was a haunting shot of a climber lost in the angles of tremadog (I think), where it was impossible to tell which way was up. the caption was (probably from a current song) "I had this dream see, and I was falling upwards in a beam of light".

I hunted out all the hanging slabs and slabby overhangs I could find for a few years.
Mike Bee
28/11/2011
1:26:22 PM
Back in 2008 I'd been toproping for a few years, done the lead course in the gym, but was really struggling to find a way to take the next step into trad climbing (and eventually into the mountains).
A quick google around told me that the book I needed was a classic titled "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills". Given that it was first published in 1960, I had a small degree of skeptisism that the book would be exactly what I was after. Nonetheless, I duly tracked this book down, hoping that this would be my ticket into bigger goals.

Once I saw the cover photo, two things struck me.
One, my skeptisism was unfounded, this book was exactly what I wanted.
Two, I simply must take up mountaineering.

That classic photo of a climbing party on Bugaboo Spire, in the Bugagoos, Canada instantly galvanised me into action.

With two months I had a trad rack, within a year of that I was leading 17s on gear, and in just over a year from purchase, I'd booked in for a TMC with Alpine Guides.

The cover photo of Freedom of the Hills (7th ed) was my catalyst for every subsequent rock, alpine and ice climb I've done since.
widewetandslippery
28/11/2011
2:42:04 PM
On 28/11/2011 mikllaw wrote:
>1976, a B+W British photo book (the only way to make vegetated crags look
>decent) called "Rockclimbers in action in Snowdownia".
>
>There was a haunting shot of a climber lost in the angles of tremadog
>(I think), where it was impossible to tell which way was up. the caption
>was (probably from a current song) "I had this dream see, and I was falling
>upwards in a beam of light".
>
>I hunted out all the hanging slabs and slabby overhangs I could find for
>a few years.

Was that John Cleares book with grand black and whites? Brit climbing photograhoers are awesome. I had the Ron Fawcett on Revelations Clog add ripped out of Mountain and Gullich on it as a poster and I managed to walk past Ravens Tor!
widewetandslippery
28/11/2011
2:56:42 PM
check out www.factsandchicks.com

Phil Laukens
28/11/2011
4:51:39 PM
On 28/11/2011 widewetandslippery wrote:
>check out www.factsandchicks.com

I'm not really into trivia but I still found the site fascinating!

shortman
28/11/2011
6:09:23 PM
A photo of Phillipe Petit walkin a wire between the world trade centers was to change my life for ever.

Noah273
29/11/2011
7:31:35 AM
Really looking forward to the audio-visual show tonight at Katoomba :)

pmonks
29/11/2011
9:14:43 AM
The photo on the cover of the 1991 Sydney Rock Guide showing mikl in a state of 80s desperation at South Coogee. The adventures that photo inspired all involved Eastern Suburbs sea cliffs, and usually ended with one or more of the following:

  • finding rock that was sorely lacking in the quality department (e.g. North Coogee)

  • ridiculous sandbags (e.g. "Bringing a Blush to the Snow" (17 har har) at Diamond Bay)

  • dangerous bolts (e.g. virtually any climb on the sea cliffs circa 1996 when I was having these adventures)

  • a day spent unable to find any climbs that remotely matched the description (e.g. any of the Rosa Gully climbs - still haven't met anyone who's climbed there!)

  • serious risk of death and/or imprisonment (e.g. The Gap - nearly died due to Police Rescue Squad fsckwits pulling up our retreat rope and forcing us to solo up the fisherman's descent, then to add insult to injury nearly got arrested!)


Good times!!

Doug
29/11/2011
12:33:01 PM
Any chance of a flying visit to Hobart to show off the new book?
onsight
1/12/2011
3:31:38 PM
Many thanks to everyone who came to the Katoomba show, it was a good night me thinks!


On 29/11/2011 Doug Bruce wrote:
>Any chance of a flying visit to Hobart to show off the new book?

I'd love to but am hard pressed to justify a trip just to do show there. I'll have to tie it in with when I next to a trip down there and at the moment I'm not sure when that will be. Hopefully soon...

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