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Location: Blue Mountains, Australia 
I Climb:
Gym Boulder Top Rope
Sport Trad Single Pitch Trad Multi Pitch
Aid/Big Wall Ice Real Mountains
Comments: Staring back at 40 but never left my teens...
Leading Eternity (18) at Mt Piddington has been my limit, but grunted up some grade 23 thing via top-roping at Coogee on
Sydneys sea-cliffs early 2008.

Have dabbled with ice-climbing at Blue Lake a couple of years
back - I XC skiied in and was humoured to find out that the guys
who have swung ice tools in Peru and NZ were on snow-shoes for a

I have found the majority of climbing to be cool and calculated, although the start of third pitch of Holy Guacomole! (in the ACT) involves sprinting down a slab then leaping up and off to grab a bottom corner of a dish. Guess it is the only dyno I have done, and it was a rush - delayed by the 3 or 4 moves that follow until you top out. I want to feel some adrenaline, so Im going to bridge-swing at the foothills of the mountain. Soon...

I am being calculated in my pursuit of adrenaline, hence my use of visualisation and on-paper planning for a sea-kayak crossing of Bass Strait. Heck - I paddle through Sydney Heads to get what rock-climbing cannot offer me with respect to adrenaline.

Although, I have paddled across Bass Strait thrice now (12/07, 02/10, 01/12), and found I was too busy with logistics or enjoying quiet beaches to be finding any head-space rush en-route.

I have dabbled in ornitholgy - setting up mist nets, measuring and weighing aves, sometimes down to 7.5 grams for an adult female (Eastern Spinebill, I think). Once home or back at work I would rave over the living jewels in my hands that made me chatty - endlessly. Although many didnt relate to bird watching either; I certainly did not receive admonishments as I get when I speak of rock-climbing - which I have learned not to speak of very much at all to non-punters. 
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Profile Topics: General Discussion
Imitation = flattery?   21/07/2011
Natimuk hotel   18/04/2011   (2 Replies)
FF when roof climbing   8/02/2011
OT - The Pilot   4/01/2011
Climbing For Christ Australia   4/05/2010
Cheap travel for bouldering mats on Tiger Airways?   16/01/2010
carry on luggage   30/05/2009
mountaineering - not big time though   16/10/2008
Climbing in glasses   14/10/2008
Own your own crag..   6/09/2008
Base Jumping in the Grampians   16/06/2008
Lengthy Approaches   9/06/2008   (9 Replies)

Trip Reports
Buffalo Aid Weekend March 2010   23/03/2010
Cheddar Limestone in UK Trip.   5/10/2009

Find Climbers
Unit deliverance to Wolgan   24/05/2014
Committed climbing partner wanted   16/02/2014
Looking for Leo - met @ Araps Friday 15th April.   20/04/2011
Climbing partner for Saturday 30th May.   28/05/2009
Canyoning and Climbing Partner Sydney   12/01/2009

Climbing Videos
Hanging Rock rope swing accident   2/02/2015

Accidents & Injuries
Climber hit by Lightning - Pierces Pass   3/01/2011
Climber hit by Lightning - Pierces Pass   3/01/2011
Fatality at Pierce's Pass   2/01/2009   (9 Replies)
Tripping   1/12/2008
Crackneck - route beta, anyone?   2/09/2008   (3 Replies)
Australians missing(?) in New Zealand Alps   15/08/2008

Gear Lust / Lost & Found
Jymfit training device   16/08/2013   (1 Replies)
O.T Alpacka rafts   6/10/2011
'Importing' freeze dry   17/08/2011
Helmet Recommendations   9/02/2011
EPIRBs for climbing (rock)   4/01/2011
Broken gear loop.   17/12/2010
New Blue Mountains guide   1/06/2010
Warm Pants?   15/08/2008
When is metallic gear too old ?   16/06/2008
double ropes   10/06/2008

Crag & Route Beta
Name of Grose Valley climbing area   16/10/2010   (1 Replies)
Nowra area surf spots?   8/03/2010
Birdwood Gully   15/10/2009
access to Mussel Beach Point Perp   11/05/2009
Narrow Neck   4/10/2008   (2 Replies)
colo river climbing guide?   26/06/2008
colo river climbing guide?   22/06/2008
Climbing in the Blueys cancelled for Easter.   21/03/2008   (4 Replies)
Recent Topics: General Discussion
Touching the Void   16/11/2014   (3 Replies)

Gear Lust / Lost & Found
Jymfit training device   16/08/2013   (1 Replies)

General Discussion
Sydney area; Berowra Valley NP survey for NPWS.   9/05/2013   (4 Replies)

Accidents & Injuries
Mountaineer killed by lightning on Kilimanjaro.   4/01/2013   (0 Replies)

General Discussion
Zac Zaharias speaking about climbing Spantik   2/10/2012   (3 Replies)
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