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Ross Vining
10:15:01 AM
Ross Vining died last week in an aircraft crash.

In 1983 Ross made the 2nd ascent of Big Ben on Heard Island, Australia's highest mountain. He had also made a 1978 ascent of Ball's Pyramid, probably Australia's most spectacular mountain, but Ross' name is also known to Blueys climbers for his first ascents of classics in the Mt York area, like Aunty Jack, Viparete and Birdsnest.

He had a very successful career out of climbing but still climbed, doing a trip to the Dolomites with friends last September.

Vale Ross.

11:22:02 AM
Very sad loss. I only met Ross once in the south side hut at Buffalo in the seventies. He had incredible enthusiasm and drive. Great stories of him soloing on Dogface, deliberately taking falls onto rurps to see if they'd hold etc.
4:00:56 PM
I'm stunned, and so sorry. I knew Ross years ago - i was the pathetic second whose arms nearly got ripped off one winter's dat at Mt York...

Ross, you did some amazing things. and you were a great inspiration.
6:28:30 PM
On 19/11/2012 Damo666 wrote:


Although I was familiar with his name in climbing, I didn't know anything else about him. Tt was very interesting to read more about the man. A great loss.

9:12:34 PM
On 19/11/2012 simey wrote:
>Although I was familiar with his name in climbing, I didn't know anything
>else about him. Tt was very interesting to read more about the man. A great


Aunty Jack, ... great route that, and the others mentioned are classics also. He left behind a climbing legacy that contained some pure pearls.
My condolences go to his family and friends.

Online Now
10:07:26 PM
Very sad loss, to climbing and the community . . .
Condolences to family and friends . . .
12:24:07 PM
Ross has a whole list of amazing things to his credit: the first to do all the routes on Dogface without aid back in uni days - early 70's, the first descent of Kanangra Creek canyon setting up all the belay points with an amazing invention ( I was on those trips) it goes on and on. Im going to miss him big time.
11:26:56 PM
Sad news.

I can remember meeting Ross along with Warwick Williams - when they overtook our party while doing Danae Brook Canyon near Kanangra Walls. One of our group asked them what canyons they had done - and the reply (from Warwick I think?) - "all of them". A few of us thought - "this can't be right!" - and that sparked us to doing a fair bit of exploratory canyoning over the years.

Kanangra Falls was a popular trip back in the 1960's (and a scene a of a big rescue). As far as I know it was first descended by parties from UNSW Bushwalkers led by Peter Melhuish around 1960. However, in those days parties bypassed the slot of the upper falls. I think Ross, together with Nic Bendelli pioneered the route down the slot - in the process placing sets of bolts using a petrol powered drill. This was in the late 70's (or early 80's) I think.

Ross and Nic Bendelli also did a very impressive endurance trip in the mid 70s' - the descent of Kalang Falls Canyon at Kanangra Walls - then they walked to Katoomba from Kanangra Walls and finished off by climbing the West Wall of the Three Sisters - all in a single push. As far as I know this trip has never been repeated. Nic called it the "Supercrawl"

11:38:40 AM
Sad Days.
Just a correction on "the first to do all the routes on Dogface without aid back in uni days"
Ross was the first person after John Ewbank to repeat all the main wall dogface routes (and possibly the others? eg lower and right wall) he also attempted/did(?) the first solo aid ascent of colossus and others.
Routes still remain on Dogface with aid and I am unaware that Ross actually did any dogface routes without aid except prehaps Landside chimney though it is likely he might have done some hammerless ascents.
He does remain a major inspiration and widely accomplished person.
Mr Poopypants
7:31:59 PM

Very sad about Ross. I didn't really know him but climb with some old mates of his. He was still very active. Warwick Williams is writing up a spiel about his climbing in the mts for Thrutch. Seems he soloed Colossus (I'm assuming on aid). I was always impressed with Aunty Jack and his first FA of The Minotaur with Warwick, but Warwick tells me that Ross did lots of other, scarier and more impressive stuff, particularly at Dargan's Ck. Worth remembering a lot of this was done pre- modern gear, including harnesses!

Quite the achiever and quite the climber.


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