Rock Master Publications:
Sublime Climbs - A Guide to the best rock climbing venues in Victoria, Australia.By Kevin Lindorff, Josef Goding & Jarrod Hodgson. Over 700 climbs, 158 phototopos, 36 maps, and 380 pages covering the best of Mt Arapiles, Mt Buffalo and the Grampians $45.00
Anybody been climbing in the Ben Nevis/Red Rock vicinity recently? It gets a good rap in the NorthWest Vic guide. I love a long multipitch climb but this may be one of those granite excursions where its all over bar the scrambling after the first pitch or so. How have people found it?
It depends on the grades that you are climbing. There are some really nice routes in the mid-teens that are fairly consistent over 2-3 piches. I'd recommend you stick to Red Rock though, the other areas don't see very much traffic.
Ben Nevis is great. On the main red rocks wall, the first 2 pitches tend to be the business and then it kicks back for a bit. Tends to be very run out, though the grades seemed to be pretty soft accordingly. The bolts seemed to be mostly good (stainless carrots), though there are a few rusty old ones.
Definitely worth a few trips. The 16 and the 17 who's names escape me at the moment are both very good. The 18 on the main cliff (the other big one, not red rock) is also very good, though it's a bit of a bush bash to get down to it.
Yep - best granite slab climbing outside of Buffalo. Very enjoyable, quite sustained over all the pitches. Big runouts but the angle is pretty cruisy so you can just chill and pyche up for the next runout. The rock was clean and good quality.