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A few photos and stories from summer in the Blueys

sbm
27/02/2011
11:46:43 PM
(my original post here)

I think I've spent nearly a week on the cliffs up in the mountains this
summer, mostly with Luke and a few others. We've hit a bunch of spots and ticked
some good routes, but also failed and bailed a few times as well, there's even
been a little blood. Here's a selection of photos!



We hit Bardens Lookout, good spot with some soft sport routes. Damien's
staircase is indeed a knee-burning masterpiece of civil works as the guide
promised, cutting through what must have once been some serious leech country.



Me at Bardens Lookout

Whoa so many potential kneebars! Me seconding Little Triggers



Luke at Bardens Lookout

Classy bumshot of Luke high up Mike And Lorna Go To Town



Next up was Heathcliff for a bit of adventure. James came up for the day. A
very pleasant but long and legburning walk through Porter's Pass.



Me and James overlooking Porter's Pass

The guidebook's in here somewhere, I packed it I swear





Here's me kooking up the fantastic but delicate Fake
Blood
.



We started up Boadicia as a party of 3, but Luke cut his leg pretty bad on bottom
belay, when James fell unexpectedly trying to second my lead on the first pitch. After a lot
of shouting (I was out of sight) James prussiked up, told me what was going on, and we bailed. The climb is exposed right from
the start on a ledge halfway up the cliff, with hard moves to get off the ground, and a factor two is possible on the
first pitch! For some strange reason we left a new and shiny BD locker to bail,
instead of a crappy old biner, excellent booty for the next party!



Abseiling on Heathcliff

Bailing. I'm making a sad face.



Next time up we hit Medlow Bath with Rene, and two girls he met on an NZ
Alpine Club trip Kristina and Aneta. Me and Luke climbed Schwing which was good fun.



Approaching the first belay on Schwing

I used up way too much energy on that fairly easy roof.



Me at the first belay on Schwing

Party on Wayne.



Luke at the first belay on Schwing

Party on Garth.
(Check out that beeeautiful rope management!)



Topping out on Schwing

Topping out at the Sunbath Lookout. Flawless Victory!



We had a crack at the excellently named Smack My Pitch Up, a harder
route at Sublime Point next to Sweet Dreams which goes at grade 20. We cleanly
climbed a few pitches up to an imposing roof about halfway, where we got scared
and pumped and bailed again.



Brocken Spectre at Sublime Point lookout.

We saw the Brocken Spectre in the mist at Sublime Point Lookout.



The Three Sisters

The cute backsides of the Three Sisters.



Me above the Terror Traverse

Contemplating the via ferrata style traverse on the approach.



Me at a hanging belay

Fiddling with my rack at a hanging belay.



Me smiling at a hanging belay

This is...much scarier than it sounded in the car park.



Luke above the Jamieson Valley

A spot of proper Blue Mountaineering huh!



Me abseiling

Bailing. Again. I'll get you next time SMPU. Neeext tiiime.



That trip ended on a postive note though with a fun day at Damn Cliffs (never
taking my old hatchback down that trail again!) and my ascent of Friendly
Fire
grade 21/22. I seem to be moving past my grade 18 performance plateau
which is great! There's been a few more days at Barrenjoey and Sydney bouldering
but with uni starting again it may be a while before I get back up to the
Blueys. Bunny Bucket Buttress is in our sights.


maxdacat
28/02/2011
10:17:05 AM
(Check out that beeeautiful rope management!)

And check out that beeeeeautiful shirt :p
Fish Boy
28/02/2011
12:35:45 PM
Nice shirt, freakshow!
mikllaw
28/02/2011
12:39:42 PM
Slap My Pitch Up is a bit scary and rope-cutty at the roof, double ropes are always good on vertical iron-stony things.
JarryS88
28/02/2011
1:48:21 PM
On 27/02/2011 sbm wrote:
>(my
>original post here)
>
>

That trip ended on a postive note though with a fun day at Damn Cliffs
>(never
>taking my old hatchback down that trail again!) and my ascent of Friendly
>Fire grade 21/22. I seem to be moving past my grade 18 performance
>plateau
>which is great! There's been a few more days at Barrenjoey and Sydney
>bouldering
>but with uni starting again it may be a while before I get back up to
>the
>Blueys. Bunny Bucket Buttress is in our sights.


>

sounds like a fun trip!

i really want to do bunny bucket buttress one day.


i'd say friendly fire is only an 18-19 anyway, I on-sighted it, i'd also say Vasco Pyjama directly next to it on the left is about a 19.

thats my opinion anyway. not meaning to be a killjoy.

sbm
28/02/2011
3:14:22 PM
On 28/02/2011 JarryS88 wrote:
>i'd say friendly fire is only an 18-19 anyway, I on-sighted it, i'd also
>say Vasco Pyjama directly next to it on the left is about a 19.
>
>thats my opinion anyway. not meaning to be a killjoy.

Yeah I was really surprised to see it as 22 on climb.org.au, I thought it was a big stretch at 21 and found Sloper For Saddam harder at 19. All the grades at dam cliffs seemed pretty soft except for Wet Feet and that's mostly fear of getting dunked.

Anyway I swear most grades make no sense at all to me. I'm trying really hard now to just climb stuff that looks possible but once you have that number in your head it you can't get it out.
JarryS88
28/02/2011
3:24:06 PM
On 28/02/2011 davidn wrote:
>On 28/02/2011 JarryS88 wrote:
>
>>thats my opinion anyway. not meaning to be a killjoy.
>
>I hate you for posting that message, but it's nothing personal.
>
>:P

haha i hated myself too man. i onsighted and was stoked at onsighting a 22. then a couple other friends did it and we all agreed its definately easier than graded :(


On 28/02/2011 sbm wrote:
>On 28/02/2011 JarryS88 wrote:
>>i'd say friendly fire is only an 18-19 anyway, I on-sighted it, i'd also
>>say Vasco Pyjama directly next to it on the left is about a 19.
>>
>>thats my opinion anyway. not meaning to be a killjoy.
>
>Yeah I was really surprised to see it as 22 on climb.org.au, I thought
>it was a big stretch at 21 and found Sloper For Saddam harder at 19. All
>the grades at dam cliffs seemed pretty soft except for Wet Feet and that's
>mostly fear of getting dunked.

i completely agree!

sloper for saddam was definately harder (unless you use the boulder behind it to get out of the overhang haha).

E. Wells
28/02/2011
4:53:16 PM
I think Radio Bagdad is spot on the grade....yeah, i climbed it onsight blindfolded with one hand and one draw. No guessing what my other hand was up to.

sbm
28/02/2011
5:56:18 PM
On 28/02/2011 dangermouth wrote:
>I think Radio Bagdad is spot on the grade....yeah, i climbed it onsight
>blindfolded with one hand and one draw. No guessing what my other hand
>was up to.

Aaah, the coveted 'wankpoint' ascent style. I bet you do this constantly.
JarryS88
28/02/2011
9:23:19 PM
On 28/02/2011 dangermouth wrote:
>I think Radio Bagdad is spot on the grade....yeah, i climbed it onsight
>blindfolded with one hand and one draw. No guessing what my other hand
>was up to.

i wasnt meaning to sound wanky if it came across that way. although i did free solo it with 1 hand and 1 foot upside down. :P

what i meant is i wouldnt normally be able to onsight a 22, hence why i thought it was graded to high.

tnd
1/03/2011
9:04:43 AM
FF was downgraded to 21 in the new edition of the BM guide. It's not a hard tick but IMO the crux move merits that grade. A one-move wonder really, as is Vasco Pyjama. If you thought the crux move on that was 19 then you must have long arms.

Hans
1/03/2011
9:11:22 AM
Thanks for the TR, I enjoyed your post and photos. Makes me want to go climbing...

ajfclark
1/03/2011
10:02:08 AM
On 1/03/2011 davidn wrote:
>but grades are supposed to be about the hardest move aren't they?

Maybe for V grades, but Ewbank's description of his grading doesn't say that. See the quote about grading at the bottom of http://www.chockstone.org/guide.htm
JarryS88
1/03/2011
10:27:24 AM
On 1/03/2011 tnd wrote:
>FF was downgraded to 21 in the new edition of the BM guide. It's not a
>hard tick but IMO the crux move merits that grade. A one-move wonder really,
>as is Vasco Pyjama. If you thought the crux move on that was 19 then you
>must have long arms.

I agree with Vasco Pyjama, defiantely a 1 move wonder and yeah the crux move is probably a 21-22 but still a soft tick imo.

FF though, I didnt even notice the crux so I can't comment on that.

ajfclark
1/03/2011
11:04:00 AM
On 1/03/2011 davidn wrote:
>When did you last see a climb graded harder due to exposure or protection?

First thing that springs to mind is Barefoot and Pregnant, 19, black hill. None of the moves are any harder than the 18 next to it but the first bolt is 8m up or so...

Then there's things like Noblesse Oblige. Really easy climbing, but still graded harder because the gear is spaced.

I find being exposed makes climbing feel harder than it actually is so wouldn't the grade given by the FA be affected by that?

wallwombat
1/03/2011
11:26:36 AM
I have always graded climbs on the hardest move.
widewetandslippery
1/03/2011
11:31:19 AM
What the movement from breaky beers to going to the crag? If thats the case we climb 9a+.

Butters81
1/03/2011
7:21:16 PM
"slap my pitch up"...
Mikl's knowledge of The Prodigy may need advancing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BpfydZdTE0
Not embedded due to scaring the kiddies

IdratherbeclimbingM9
1/03/2011
9:02:26 PM
On 1/03/2011 davidn wrote:
>On 1/03/2011 ajfclark wrote:
>>On 1/03/2011 davidn wrote:
>>>When did you last see a climb graded harder due to exposure or protection?
>>
>>First thing that springs to mind is Barefoot and Pregnant, 19, black
>hill.
>> None of the moves are any harder than the 18 next to it but the first
>>bolt is 8m up or so...
>
>I don't think that's unusual. People are often out by at least one grade.
> Or there's a crucial hold that people either didn't find or ignored which
>made it a grade either way. But if it's moves of an 18, call it 18, otherwise
>we end up in E-grade territory, where no one has a clue what the grade
>really means. Then *describe* it properly:
>
>"Grade 18 moves up to the first clip, which is stupidly high and effectively
>involves free-soloing. From there, bumble your way along, wondering why
>you were in ground fall range for so long."
>
>(caveat: I obviously haven't been on that route so that description may
>be way off-base)
>
>>Then there's things like Noblesse Oblige. Really easy climbing, but
>still
>>graded harder because the gear is spaced.
>>
>>I find being exposed makes climbing feel harder than it actually is so
>>wouldn't the grade given by the FA be affected by that?
>
>Isn't Noblesse graded for its hardest pitch? They're not all grade 8.
>
>I'm not convinced by your response. The reason not to grade for exposure
>is the same as not grading for pump factor. What I find pumpy, you won't,
>and vice versa. Worse, there are some climbs where both exposure and pump
>can be completely absent. How then can I realistically compare climb A,
>graded for being 600m in the air and overhung and pumpy, to climb B that
>is 5 metres tall, balancy and technical and in theory the same grade moves?
>
>
>Technical difficulty is the only thing that is always present and always,
>in theory, relatively similar (as long as you don't screw something up).
>
>A broader issue, but one of the good things about sites like 8a.nu is
>they come to a proper consensus based on many points of data. So the guy
>suffering massive exposure who graded it way harder than it is, is discounted
>from the average, same as the guy who cranks 33 and thinks everything under
>25 is grade 15. It's never perfect, but it's better than the 6'8 guy with
>+15 ape index calling everything easy and it being taken as gospel.

By using the Noblesse Oblige example you effectively answer your own question!

Yes, a climb is graded by it's hardest pitch, which by default comes from it's hardest moves.
These moves are based on all the criteria of exposure , protection and technical difficulty, as would be considered so by the average person of sufficient ability to climb the route.
If you go by technical difficulty alone, then you are setting up many for a sandbag, due to the added considerations of exposure and lack of protection opportunities.

nmonteith
2/03/2011
7:53:06 AM
With so much reference material out there (ie thousands of already established climbs in Australia) - the easiest way to work out a grade for a route is to compare it to something else. Find a famous benchmark route in a style that is similar to the route in question and see how it stacks up. That's how I grade new routes.

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