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Ozymandias free eliminate
4:17:55 PM
i was looking for any available beta on ozy. free eliminate (excluding the second pitch, were not that hard yet :)

4:22:02 PM
What sort of beta? As far as i know it hasn't had a second free ascent...
9:51:58 AM
anything you have heard if possible. another question aswell, have you climbed holden caulfield? we spied the line from ozy direct last december and it looks wild! apparently someone took a huge screamer from above the roof and ripped out all the rivets? bathooking up there would be kinda scary. any info would be great. thanks

12:16:37 PM
You gotta be a bloody hard man to lead it! Simon Carter has shot some stills of Steve doing the FFA - maybe he can lend some light..

I have heard it involves grade 29 stemming on RP's. Free grades from memory go..

22, 28, 29, 24, 29, 22, 22 ?? i think
7:24:51 PM
cool cool thanks for that. were definateley not up to the second pitch (29) but we hope to work the third pitch into submision and the rest should be ok, scary but doable :-)
12:39:04 PM
Neil was close... but no cigar.

Found these on with a picture of steve

Steve Monks, Ozymandias Direct pitch six (28, 270 metres), on the North Wall, Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia. Pitches are 22,28,26,24,22,28,23 and 24.
mikl law
12:45:26 PM
From vague memory I think
1) Good rock in the corners
2) lots of pre-inspection to see where gear goes. The ethical way to do this is climb it a few times, if you don't have time to waste, just rap it.
3) It's not that long, it looks like only about 180m really, I could be totally wrong though.
1:39:15 PM
Ozy direct is definitely THE route to do... AndyCJ has got it right w the grades as far as I can remember… I think Steve may have originally thought pitch two to be 29, but may have later changed his mind, hence the confusion there. Anyway, it’s a desperate pitch, smearing, bridging, and take lots of small RP’s…

You might have a good idea there though Butters, if you aid that pitch, and the crux section of the sixth pitch (just the bit up to the roof – the roof is 25 and corner above 24) then you’ve got yourself an ultra classic, up to grade 26, but a lot around 24 or so…

There are more photos in the Buffalo gallery on my site at:
and also in the book Rock Climbing in Aust.

Mikl might be right, it might not be that long (those things used to feel soo big). But I reckon ground up would be the most fun.

Have fun! It’s an awesome route. If it were in Europe or US, then they’d be queuing to try and free it…

Simon Carter
2:21:00 PM
thanks heaps everyone, i will let you all know how we go.

2:45:41 PM
Steve Monks, who did the FFA, will be up at Buffalo from the 6th-21st of March. Maybe you can get some first hand tips off the grandmaster!
5:42:03 PM
Hey what about a chockstone interview of Steve Monks...?????!!!!!!!
7:50:36 PM
On 18/02/2004 adamk wrote:
>Hey what about a chockstone interview of Steve Monks...?????!!!!!!!

Apparently that's in the pipeline.

11:39:21 AM
On 18/02/2004 butters wrote:
>thanks heaps everyone, i will let you all know how we go.

Any feedback?

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