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Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea

 
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
Climbing in the Grampians, Australia - Johnny Goicoechea
 
December 02, 2013 -  Johnny Goicoechea    
 

This September, I had the incredible opportunity to take a two week climbing trip at the Grampians in Australia. Needless to say, I was so excited leading up to the trip as climbing here has been my dream since I began climbing! Driving from Melbourne airport to the Grampians National Park, I was definitely feeling the effects of the 23 hour plane trip, but turning into the park and seeing my first glimpse of the incredible looking Taipan Wall woke me up.

Over the next few days, I warmed up on a few of the moderate in the area, including a few Dai Koyadama classics, like Forced Entry Direct.  After this, I headed up for the famous destination, Hollow Mountain Cave.  It is an incredibly breathtaking area with amazing rock – hard sandstone that forms the coolest horns, chicken heads and scales like an alligator. Up here, I climbed American Pie, a line at the lip of the cave with big moves.

The next few days were quite rainy, during which time we hiked around to go check out Ammagamma, the Grampians classic.  It is an extremely clean, aesthetic line and I was psyched to try it!  When the weather dried out in the last week of the trip, I went to go put in my first few attempts at Ammagamma. The first day, I completed the stand start and worked out strategies for the rest. Unfortunately, I came down with a bout of giardia due to drinking bad water.  This threw a spanner in the works for completing Ammagamma, but this just means I have an unfinished business and a reason to go back to the Grampians. It is an incredible, world class climbing area and I am psyched  to get back at some point to climb more!

 

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