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General Climbing Discussion

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Mt Korong

alrob
23/06/2003
8:44:49 PM
Seeing some of the pictures posted today, makes me wonder, along with many other pics of large granite areas, there looks like many largish boulders around. Whats the potential like for bouldering? i mean, are the large blocks featured, or just rounded and shit?

Mike
24/06/2003
8:58:56 AM
We had a lot of fun at Mt Korong, for a short while on this boulder at the Dam Area:

It was slightly less than vertical with lots of small edges for crimping. It was possible to traverse the whole thing - just. Very challenging. With a wire brush you could have made some up problems too.

However, this boulder was probably the exception. A lot of the blocks had little or no climbable features other than the sharp granite cracks. The slabs of course, could be smeared. But it's not like there were acres of beautiful finger pockets, underclings and jugs. Araps it is not.

Here this pic, should give you a better idea of what is lying about the place:

And just for a laugh, here's Ben soloing a wicked crack climb... hehe, well not quite, we turned the camera on it's side. It's actually just shy of hortizontal, but it looks wild eh? :-)

shiltz
24/06/2003
12:40:27 PM
Love the solo photo. Would have convinced me...

The Elk
24/06/2003
1:00:19 PM
hehehe...
Puts a whole new spin on "photo evidence".

I would've been fooled too.... and I photograph for a living!

mrsnuffy
24/06/2003
2:05:49 PM
Ohhh Mike, couldn't we have kept the charade going just a little longer?
Actually, come to think of it, anyone who knows the way i climb would never believe i could haul my carcass up something like that ;)

In response to Alrob, the rock shelf pictured above was a really fun area to boulder, with lots of positive edges. But from what we saw I'd guess it was more the exception than the norm. Mostly the granite tors were well rounded and highly weathered.
I think you'd be dissapointed if you went there specifically to boulder.

alrob
24/06/2003
2:34:25 PM
it just seemed that from the photos taken far away that the boulders were just begging. oh well, i could only hope! still stuck on the 4 hour trip to gramps then for quality bouldering :(
Dalai
24/06/2003
2:37:03 PM
The additional photo added above Mike shows the close boulder with quite a nice looking arete.....just a REALLY long way from Melbourne to Boulder granite. Especially with Cobaw, Black Hill and Mt Alexander between the city and Mt Korong!!
kieranl
24/06/2003
11:14:43 PM
When I was a kid, travelling by train down to Uni in Melbourne, Mt Korong looked like an alpine peak to me. Coming from a Mallee farm, it was gob-smacking.
How times change.
Kieran

mrsnuffy
26/06/2003
3:45:18 PM
Another interesting feature of the area is the small Tibetan Bhuddist shrine in a cave on the southern side of the Mount. Perhaps a good place to hang out after torching your ego on some wicked route.

Peace out
kieranl
30/06/2003
10:59:46 PM
Hey Jimmy
So, Ye found Mt Korong a depressing place? Perhaps it wasn't the place that was depressing.

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