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Chockstone Forum - General Discussion

General Climbing Discussion

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araps over NY - good choice?
strerror
25/12/2011
9:43:39 PM
so just thought I'd throw this question out there, but i guess it's particularly aimed at local natimukians!
Currently along with my climbing partner, we've got off from 31-6th Jan. Now the forecast (fwiw!) says that all the local options we'd normally go to (ie mountains / nowra / point perp / etc) will have bad weather, so we've decided that we'd be happy enough to drive down to araps given how great the climbing is there. My question is, normally I know that it would be the wrong time of the year to even consider climbing, just way too hot (I have friends that claim they've made the mistake and burnt their hands of the rock!). Is the cooler summer that Sydney is experiencing also the case at Araps? From what I can tell from the forecasts it seems to be the case, but can anyone give me any insight into what they think the weather will be like for the next week and if it would be a waste of time to come down and try climbing?

thanks

Sabu
25/12/2011
10:20:11 PM
You should be more concerned about rain instead of the heat!
Even if it is 40 degrees you can still climb you just have to pick your spots and time of day. Plenty of very shady gullies too keep you cool and remember that after 4 or 5 pm the whole mount goes into shade with the sun setting at around 8 or 9 so that's plenty of time to get a decent amount of climbing in.
Wendy
25/12/2011
10:22:57 PM
NY at araps is always a good idea! Well, providing you like at least a moderate amount of partying. Now, I'd love to have a direct line to the weather gods, but sadly, all I can suggest is

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/vic/wimmera/natimuk
and
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/long-range-forecast/28-day-rain/vic/wimmera

which gives a fairly typical picture that it's not going to rain much, there'll be a bunch of perfect days in the high 20s, and a few getting somewhat too hot for many people, but I still profess that there are places you can climb comfortably until at least 40 at the Mt and that Bundaleer has it's own airconditioning system for days over 40. If people are finding it impossible to climb around here in summer, they aren't picking the right places and times of day. It's just really not that bad. Start early and retire by lunch time or start late and enjoy evening breezes. Hang out in dark gullys or high shady cliffs in the wind. Don't do Syrinx on a 36 degree day with a hangover and sfa water.
widewetandslippery
25/12/2011
10:37:09 PM
Take a hammer for noisey campers

MisterGribble
26/12/2011
9:30:03 AM
On 25/12/2011 widewetandslippery wrote:
>Take a hammer for noisey campers

And those that carn't spell
strerror
26/12/2011
3:34:06 PM
thanks for all the feedback! I'll be down there soon then!

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