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Location: Mt Buffalo (near enough) Victoria, Australia. 
I Climb:
Gym Boulder Top Rope
Sport Trad Single Pitch Trad Multi Pitch
Aid/Big Wall Ice Real Mountains
Comments: Although I ticked Boulder, Toprope & Sport; I really only (occasionally) play on them as physical training for Adventure (Trad) Climbing or Aid, (prefer multipitch in both cases).

Roped-soloing (aid) Country Road at Mt Buffalo. [A larger version can be found in photo of the week archive here.].
(Photo: courtesy of A. Secomb.)

Roped-soloing (aid) M5 Sportclimb ~> the top pitch of Strange Ritual on the headwall of Ozymandias Direct/Lord Gumtree at Mt Buffalo.
... Equalised hooks on a dubious (can feel it but not see it), crimp to top-out !
Read about this climb here; (re photos below).

(Photos: courtesy of I. Kable.)

A link to yet another photo of the week from its archive ~ Lest We Forget (how to free climb? Hehheh9), can be found
here. This climb is at The Rock (between Holbrook and Wagga Wagga NSW).

Official Chockstone statistics say that I am in the lowest percentage climbers group; (My preferred option of aid = 13% only*) I can live with that,.. since some would call me antisocial anyway?
(*13% and falling as more Members register on this site!)

"Climbing without risk is not really climbing" ~ Yvon Chouinard.
... and I would add that the day the mental component is taken out of climbing is the day that the adventure is greatly diminished.
~> I am exploring adventure ( & my mind?), through the medium of roped-solo-climbing (esp. hard aid), for extended duration periods...

~> M9* is something to aspire to.
(*Highest Australian Aid Grade at present = M10, on an open ended system.)

~ Good judgment comes from experience;
Experience comes from bad judgment, and/or lessons learnt from others. ~ That is why climbing is a game; ... of survival.
Enjoy the moments while you can.

"A first ascent is a creation. It is more artistic if it consciously rejects the use of certain climbing aids that are not essential to the success of the climb." ~ R.R.

"The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from." - Grace Murray Hopper.

"It isnt what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about". ~ D. Carnegie.

Record of my user name to make sense of historical posts; due Chockstone started 06/06/02; my 1st post was on 17/06/02 (lurked for 10 days); & events since have seen my user ID evolve ...
Statistics: 11042 posts. Started 168 new topics, 10874 replies. 38 Media Reviews

Generally takes 22.75 days to reply.

Last posted on 12-Jul-2024 at 6:36:12 PM
Last logged in 12-Jul-2024 at 6:40:43 PM
Profile Topics: General Discussion
Sonnie Trotter Goes Down on Tasmania   1-Mar-2016
Mt Arapiles Camp Ground Users Group   10-Sep-2015
The ultimate retro bolt?   3-Jun-2013
First in best dressed?   10-Apr-2013
The greatest sandbags in Victoria   7-Oct-2009
Abseil Technique   22-May-2009
Off-topic Climbers who ride version 2; MOTORcycles   20-Apr-2009
What's the scariest lead that you've ever done?   18-Apr-2009
Australian climbing festival 09?   3-Mar-2009
The Inaugural Post   30-Apr-2008
Ticked it   13-Feb-2008
If its A5 where are the bodies?   6-Feb-2008
Roped Soloing - Who Does It? (for OP)   5-Feb-2008
Climbing an Adrenaline sport?   20-Sep-2007
A short story   28-Aug-2007
Off-topic Climbers who ride version 2; MOTORcycles   2-May-2007
The greatest unfinished problems in Victoria   10-Feb-2007
Solo Aiding a beginners intro   3-Feb-2007
Soloing - A question of ethics?   17-Nov-2006
Off-topic: Climbers who ride MOTORbikes.   1-Feb-2006   (461 Replies)
The singularly most dangerous thing ...   25-Oct-2005   (55 Replies)
Havachatwithhexy...   11-Oct-2005
Havachatwithhexy...   7-Oct-2005
Grigri impact force on protection ....   18-Jul-2005
What to do when nature calls....   14-Jun-2005
A short story   12-Mar-2005
Country Road and bottles of wine   24-Jan-2005
Mind games, visualisation & being in the 'zone'.   17-Nov-2004   (48 Replies)
Topping out vs lowering off (climbs & ethics?)   19-Aug-2004   (59 Replies)
A short story   26-Jul-2004
A short story   25-Jun-2004
A short story   24-Jun-2004
lets talk about lost gear   1-Mar-2004
lets talk about lost gear   1-Mar-2004

Trip Reports
Mt Buffalo 2016 Aid Festival w/end of 26-27 Nov.   18-Nov-2016
Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.   16-Dec-2015
Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.   16-Dec-2015
Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.   16-Dec-2015
ozzy last weekend of nov   17-Sep-2015
ozzy last weekend of nov   8-Sep-2015
Buffalo Aidfest November 2014.   22-Jan-2015
Buffalo Aidfest November 2013   3-Dec-2013   (23 Replies)
Buffalo Aid Weekend report for 20-21 Nov 2010   15-Dec-2010   (28 Replies)
Mt Buffalo: Noblesse Oblige Oct 2010.   6-Oct-2010   (6 Replies)
ACT beta Trip Report, plus* (March 2010)...   30-Mar-2010   (18 Replies)
Buffalo Aid Weekend March 2010   23-Mar-2010
Buffalo Oysters ~ feasting on passion.   15-Jan-2008   (34 Replies)
Warrambungles   15-Jul-2006
Good & bad days happen. Morphed to what is sport?   15-Jun-2005   (16 Replies)
Adventure climbing - the completion of Scythe Slab   12-Nov-2004   (4 Replies)
Guidebook corrections - update section.   25-Oct-2004   (8 Replies)
Maharajah Tune   10-Mar-2004   (6 Replies)

Find Climbers
Climbing around Alice Springs   8-Apr-2014
3rd Buffalo Aid W/end 23-24 Nov '13   27-Jul-2013   (144 Replies)
Moving to Victoria High Country   6-Oct-2011
2nd Buffalo aidclimb w/e 20-21 Nov 2010   4-Sep-2010
2nd Buffalo learn aid-climbing w/e 20-21 Nov 2010   17-Aug-2010   (113 Replies)
Buffalo aidclimb w/end 20-21March2010(~> Newbies!)   4-Feb-2010   (91 Replies)
aid epidemic of one: calling A5iswhereitsat   25-Oct-2004

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Accidents & Injuries
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Chockstone Feedback
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Crag & Route Beta
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Iron Void - some beta please   8-Jul-2010
Balls Pyramid   26-Jun-2009
Buffalo - Angels substitute?   29-Aug-2007
Defender of the Faith   25-Jan-2005
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Intentions Book - statistics   27-Oct-2004
to A5 is where its at   20-Jun-2004
Ozymandias and water   19-Nov-2003
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