hey russian spy, good to here you got home okay. it was great meeting and climbing with yourself and woody. legs are wrecked after O.B. you'll have to e mail me some of those photo's you took..im spewing i forgot my camera!!
I had an awesome time, Stephen, there's no if's or but's about it =) funnily enough, we gave up on phone reception early on so I just accepted that if we met anyone there, it'd be purely by chance. As it was, we were in the process of abseiling down to Banana Blase, just as Larry and Andy were topping out Home James so we chatted for a while and subsequently "gate-crashed" their dinner back at the camp - by the lakeside! Names were thrown around, we all laughed about coincidences (not very hard, since there ain't THAT many climbers) and decided to join forces for Noblesse Oblige the next day. Someone subsequently may or may not have slept in (not me this time!!), but we were back in the car AFTER a swim in the eurobin falls (absolutely beautiful and highly refreshing!) by around 1500 i think..
as for Maharajah- that was the first climb we jumped on as soon as we got there. I absolutely love the majestic look of Cathedrals (especially when looking from the Hump), but having said that, I can't get over how awesome and distinct the Horn looks (and everything in view from there, too). Then we got to the Castle and the surreal walk through the dead gumtrees just left me breathless.. plus we were on the lookout for the promised thunderstorms and after topping out at the Crack Corner had to remain roped up for the short walk across to the rap anchors as the winds were gusting quite heavily by then. but that was all before we went to The Gorge......
I don't even know where to start for where I want to go back to first!
as for photos- yeah, I took some, but being in a party of 2 I didn't get (or take) that much chance for happy snapping.
this was the "welcome to mt buffalo" view on the first night
Woody demonstrating his tanning technique on Big Fun
Andy pretending it's very steep on the "walk in" to Noblesse Oblige
overall, happy as Larry ;)
and Larry, it was awesome to drink and climb with you and Andy, too! i'll sort the photos and send them on soon.
Araps next week? Woody's already there
Good to read the feedback (Trip Report of sorts), and since the thread appears to have become a post mortem…
For the benefit of others like yourself who may visit Buffalo (as a first time), later; what gear did you take that you considered unnecessary?
What gear did you wish you had taken?
… and for my interest, how much did you end up using your down gear?
This coming Christmas period looks like being wet up there with the remains of the cyclone over NW West Oz arriving here by then.
Met Bureau is talking a good possibility of 100 mm rain, especially in the high country...
wow, i just realised that I never replied, pretty rude of me, considering tons of your advice!
for gear- mine was the rope and quickdraws and my buddy took care of the rack. (I also brought a range of small Metolius cams which did not see any use really and tri-cams) Considering he did most of the leading, and the fact it's a few months since... I honestly don't remember. I did get to use my tri-cams for the first time though!!
One thing I DO wish I had- was a second rope. Scrolling back I realise you suggested it, too, in optional gear.
We found one rope to be fine for a lot of the single pitch classics and the short multipitch stuff, but really lamented the lack of longer rapping capabilities. Next time I'm bringing doubles, bought a Joker especially for that (well, with the good intent of trying to get there when I get the chance)
The down bag and jacket got a workout pretty much every night and some mornings. Probably could have gotten away without the jacket, but I'm soft. Well, the jacket is soft and warm, too =) so me, i was warm whilst being soft =)