17 Down Under:
17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
I just thought i would try to urge people out of their shells, and hit the granite. I have just fallen in love with the good ol' youies of late, and every week sit at home, or at work, unable to contain my excitment of the next great granite experience to come. from sinker cracks, delicate slabs or technical faces, the youies has it all. so come on people, theres heaps to do out there. most are put off but the tendancy for the granite to crumble....a) it adds 'adventure' to the climb, and b) if more people climbed there, some of the mega classic routes would be bomber for friction!
miles and miles of climbing for all to enjoy, within an hour of melbourne. and acccess for a lot of the walls is a breeze. Big Rock for example - 1-2 minutes walk from the car! so drop those hexes, and grab those bolt plates!
On 11/08/2004 nmonteith wrote:
>Try 40 minutes from the CBD! The standard Youies rack is ultra-light.
>Five quickdraws and five bolt plates. Use a chopped 30m rope as well. No
>need for 60m ropes here!
Ah. Thanks for the tip. As luck would have it Russ Crow dislodged a granite flake onto my 11mm many years back while cleaning a route at the Youies from abseil. Has been 42m ever since (but has now been retired). The You Yangs creates its own selection?
Just thought that I'd throw my esteemable support behind the veneration of the Youies. Some of my favourite climbs are there, and there seems to be great climbs at almost every intermediate grade. I have recently taken to carrying a machette in my rack bag, and it certainly gets a workout everytime I go to the Granite Gardens.