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**** Ian's Route By Nick Tang  5/31/2012
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This was a UNSWOC lead trip to Point Perpendicular on the Crocodile's Head wall; Simon Li leading trad on Ian's Route (10).

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Looks like a pretty out there grade 10! 

The Point isn't gone, you just have to walk a bit further at the moment! The new guide describes this route as "the best grade 10 at the Point" and it is pretty damn good. A 30m pitch and just enough exposure to make it really exiting without being pants-sh%ttingly terrifying.

Good to see Nick submitted this. He learnt a lot about SRT very quickly trying to take photos on the day, and had a scary moment with an unpadded edge. 
I wanted to give it more but this photo just doesn't quite work for me. I can't
see the belayer, the rope, the gear or much of the line.

Still, not a bad photo. 

Apart from the pink ball of bubblegum in the middle its a good photo. Photoshop that out and the blue fuzzy thing underneath and I'd give it 4.5 stars. 

I like the birds-perspective photographic angle, and sense of distance and depth perspective using the spectacular scenery for both.

Photographer also did well managing to get reasonable definition in the shaded areas due the contrasting light conditions in the background.

It makes the climber look like he is soloing it!

I would've given more stars if I could see more of the climber (brighter clothing, and located on the arete for example) type action.

Regarding 'out there' Grade 10's ... that is the great thing about adventure multipitch* climbing, as there are still plenty to be had, by those who seek them out.

(*Yeah, yeah, I know that Point Perp mostly isn't that style, but doing the upper portions of abseil in affairs still gives the similar, but instant, exposure ☺). 

If the comment was provided by Ian Brown I'd take it with a pinch of salt. I failed to find the Arapilean rock on another Brown classic at the Point (Bird of Omen) and all his climbs at Kaputar are meant to be 5 star if you take his comments at their word! 


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