As I think about the days leading up to our arrival in Australia I can only imagine what most people in our groups had going through their minds: Where are we staying? How do we get there? Where to purchase food? Where is the watering hole? So many questions up in the air nothing much planned for this last minute trip. As for any other crew I’m sure people would have been freaking out but, we held our composure well. It could have been really stress full I suppose, but I have to say thanks to our amazing crew down under: Jes, Dave, Nalle, and myself. Before you knew it we rented a sweet IMAX van, food and living accommodations, which turned out to be way better than expected.
It was really great getting to know Nalle, Dave, Keith, Elly and some locals during this trip. Dave, Nalle and Keith are 3 of the most amazing/enjoyable people I have ever had the opportunity to climb, travel and live with. Not only do we know how to joke around and have fun, we do quite well getting psyched and throwing down like there is no tomorrow. Given the opportunity to climb with the best is something I could only have dreamed of years ago!
Perfect orange walls that extend 55 meters, it’s no wonder I feel so enchanted by the climbing and the massive falls that await me on this old school hard core wall that should have warning labels that say; if your not as bad ass like Chuck Noris then go bouldering! I also hope to achieve some sort of Australia accent during my time here, Dave and I try sometimes but, most people just think we are from the southern states and make fun of us. I need to say that climbing with a group like this has its moments but, most of the time we have good energy, focus with vision and ethics like very few in the game.
Quite few projects that have been going down, and it’s no thanks to the quick work of Nalle Hukkataival who is crushing ever thing he sees! Credit also need to go to Dave who has put up the best looking line of the trip this fair, but most of the time we do the problems one after another. One of the climbs that I have to do next time I go is called Pigeon superstition a problem Nalle put up after two days of effort. This line is one of the harder FAs that have been put down during the trip. The line is really ecstatic, and it’s hard to believe that such a line went unnoticed for this long.
So this area about 40k from the log cabins its listed in the guide book as having classic sport routes and very good “potential” for bouldering. So naturally after a little curiosity Dave, Nalle, and I decided to spend a day to see what’s good in that neck of the woods. Intentionally we wanted to find the Gallery but instead found 100s of new potential problems ranging from moderates to double clutch v15 dyno projects. SICK. We are super psyched to take down the place as much as we can for the little time we have left here.
So far after now a few trips to Bondik we have put up many new classic lines ranging from v5-v14 and chalking/ eyeing up many projects. This location has some of the most stunning rock I have seen in Australia thus far. I cannot wait to see where the development of this location heads.
We also have a project called The Gastone Project which involves several hard moves off of perfect gastones on a perfect slightly over hung wall. We all suspect that this problem might stand the chance of being one of the most difficult ones in this area.