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And strangely enough, I thin Basilisk Direct is a great route, and it's really not hard. Just a bit odd.
On 21/02/2014 prb wrote:
>The biggest sandbags Iíve come across are among those old climbs at Moonarie.
>Black Manís Reach (13) is ridiculous Ė looping out onto the Sweeping Statement
>slab at grade 20 is way easier. But The Black Hole of Calcutta (8) on Checkers
>Wall takes the cake. The aim is survival. Thereís some hard climbing at
>the grade through vegetation and a deadly steep boulder field, a crawl
>along one of those poorly protected scoopy ledge systems you get on Checkers,
>a leap across the void to grab a bush and finally a fully-enclosed tight
>dark chimney that no-oneís been in for decades. We piked it and went up
>the front of the buttress at about grade 16.
I think Black Man's Reach was done by some of my friends that I started climbing with at La Trobe Uni on an inter-varsity climbing meet to Moonarie in 1974(?). Of course they were off-route! They also repeated Black Hole of Calcutta on the same trip and raved about it. None of us knew any better in those days.
Everything out at Sister's Beach. That's what I thought. Oh yeah and that old Claw haunt up past Narrabeen; scary that.
Best sandbag I've ever heard of was Hero sending Simey and his minions off on a road trip to "Australia's second largest granite monolith" of Mt Wudinna, but as miss-fortune goes, he was unable to accompany them at the last minute.
Damn shame that.
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