Good to make one thing lead to more? The final weekend of our week away triggered all the rest – I was booked to teach a course in Melbourne. Given that my airfare was covered one thought led to a suggestion and that lead to several more. En fin, there were 3 families from Western Australia, another couple of WA and some old friends from Tasmania in on a rock climbing trip with a more relaxed attitude than in the past.
Somehow we all converged, camped and spent the week enjoying the place with variable amounts of actual climbing. The WA boys all had their ‘target route’, whereas our friend Rob from Tasmania has lost track of how many times he’s been here and was just keen on catching up properly.
Here’s how he got there:
Not all is so high in the sky. Arapiles is surrounded by a sprawl of boulders that provide diversion aplenty. Some are ‘test-pieces’, for example the Squeeze Test which is just that – a truck-sized block of stone with a diagonal split just wide enough to take a reasonably slim climber in a less than comfortable angle.
Mim was on her first ‘real’ rock climbing trip – not that it showed.