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PyroMonkey
GOLD Member since Jan 2005

PyroMonkey

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Location: Northern Beaches, Sydney

Total posts: 370
Posted:Gday all!!

Im from australia and i love a bit of climbing. anyone else climb??

if so, where abouts? indoor/outdoor? toprope/lead/boulder? Grades? Fav climbs??

Gotta love a good chat about it tongue
Me... i love a good boulder, in or out. Havent done much outdoor toprope or lead but would love to do more.


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Ry
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Ry

Gromit's Humble Squire
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 4496
Posted:Hehe found it..
QLD, recreation climber, outdoor if ever, have made it up Lesbian Printshop Workers (22-23) at Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane, and dogged it up Wages of Fear (24) which if anything, put me in my place- over with the 16's and 17's hehe.

A favourite climb done is Looking for the Sun (19) at Brooyar, QLD (did it at sunset too! amazing) and if I climbed enough, I'll one day complete The Great Devoid (22), I slipped off stupidly when I was down there and didn't get a chance to go again. The next guy did it faster than a demon. I was suitably humbled. biggrin


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Matty_B
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

Matty_B

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Location: Blu's Pocket

Total posts: 1314
Posted:Hey there I used to climb quite alot, was the president of Cardiff Uni climbing Club . . never got that good but really enjoyed it been to alot of places round the uk and some places in france . . . Not sure how british grades compare to the australian ones . . . ah here you go

http://www.magwag.plus.com/jim/climbing-grades.html
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The bouldering in Fontainbleau is awesome - the cardiff lot go there every easter , now in its 11th year.


Have climbed british HVS, seconded E3 but indoors we use french grades and lead about 6c on a good day .... but haven't done it for the last year


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Mand
SILVER Member since Oct 2003

Mand

Keeper of the Spitfire
Location: Calgary Canada

Total posts: 2317
Posted:I've done most of my climbing around the French Alps, usually somewhere between 6b and 7a French grade (according to the table that's Ausy 20 - 24)

I like to do a wide variety of climbs, so I don't get stuck in a rut.
In France, everything and it's mother is bolted, so I end up doing lots of sport climbing, and sometimes top-roping.
I've solo'd a 5+ out there, and the area also lends itself very well to bouldering.

In Britain, I've done a bit of climbing around Snowdonia, where I did my SPA award.
I also had a very cool day climbing Pembrokeshire sea cliffs (but I had to change my underwear afterwards!).


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SpitFire
GOLD Member since Dec 2002

Mand's Girl....and The Not So Shy One
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada

Total posts: 2723
Posted:I've climbed in and around Tennessee and Washington, both indoors and outdoors climbing. I think the toughest I've tried was a 5.9 climb out in Washington State, in basalt along the Columbia River Gorge. I struggled with that one. Most of the stuff I've done was between 5.6 and 5.8.

I'm not a great climber, but I have fun.


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The Real Fryed Fish


God's illgitament son
Location: state of confusion

Total posts: 1489
Posted:i know burning brain did when he lived in TN

You can't avoid pain by fencing yourself from it.
Some times you need the help of others more than anything else
But you have to let them close enough to help......
People want to be needed, I found that out too

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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:Not rockclimbing specifically, but I've been canyoning a few times in the last couple of months. Bouldering, rockclimbing, abseiling, hand-over-hands etc.



Actually, as I type this, I have a large bruise running down my right forearm from a waterjump I did in a canyon on the weekend. Was about 5 metres into a small but deep pool, and silly me left my arm sticking out, SLAP! hehehe.



I'm fairly crap at rockclimbing, but am getting better. As my buddies keep saying, I gotta trust my toes!


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Gnarly Cranium
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

Gnarly Cranium

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Location: San Francisco

Total posts: 186
Posted:I live about 20 miles from Smith Rocks, and I used to climb there when I was in high school. It's been a while, but I've been thinking of getting back into it by going to a local climbing gym.

Anybody have any idea how long it takes an out of shape girl to develop halfway decent upper body strength? ....Wait don't tell me I'll just get depressed, heheh.


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Yex
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Yex

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Location: Kamloops BC

Total posts: 97
Posted:this is mostly where i go. not the hardest climbs but they're fun and close.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/listArea.php?AreaID=6992
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http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/listArea.php?AreaID=3664


"Not all who wander are lost. "

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Random bump grin

Hooray for Mr Search wink

Been climbing for a while, just starting to venture into bouldering too.

Not up into any particular impressive grades yet - but my it's fun smile
No Trad for me, only Sport climbing, can climb 6b on a very good day, lead 5+ most days.

Sadly I live in the worst area of the UK for climbing (except possibly Norfolk) so have a 2.5 hour drive to get to the nearest rock-rock (Have soft sandstone 45 mins away, but that's just weird)


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Live_in_a_spin
SILVER Member since Oct 2005

Live_in_a_spin

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Location: neather here nor there

Total posts: 383
Posted:Mainly boulders for me but a bit of trad when i can get a belay.
Did some sport climbing in Thailand a few years ago too.
Dont get out as much as i would like though as i have the same problem as Durbs As i live in Lincolnshire wich is actualy probably worse than Norfolk.


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but if you fall don't come crying to me!!!

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fake teeth and glue
BRONZE Member since Aug 2003

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Checking who's online, watching you!
Location: somewhere

Total posts: 1972
Posted:i do tree climbing, not tryed propper rock climbing but i would quite like to smile

you just lost the game!!!!!! !!!!!

knowledge is power, power corupts, study hard, become evil.

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:I climb.

Mostly indoors sadly due to lack of time. My highest grade is 21 South African, which is about 20 Aussie I think. I am climbing considerably better than that at the moment though, probably closer to 24. Whether I can do that on rock is another story....

Not done much bouldering, although the gym is mostly that....


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willworkforfoodjnr
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Total posts: 1046
Posted:Yup, I've done a fair bit of climbing. Used to be comfortable on 6C boulder problems indoors, 6a outside. Not done a huge amount of outdoor roped climbs, a few weekends doing trad in the lakes is about it.

Save the trips out for special occasions now though as it destroys my fingers for days :s


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:I find indoor trashes my fingers much more than outdoor - though only have limestone and sandstone here which is quite forgiving.

Got my first flapper this week and everything grin


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Mr_Joe
BRONZE Member since Aug 2008

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Posted:Need to get you out on some grit at some point Mr Durbs, that'll show you skin-trashing wink

I mainly boulder myself, and send stuff somewhere V3-V5 depending on the style. I also climb trees at work, which is too much fun for me to call it work with a straight face really.


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:Oh gods.... Gritstone. Never. Again. Ever.

Although, the way that you can stick really manky slopers is cool. wink

I climb on dolerite a fair amount. Also tends to shred your fingers a bit. Especially when jamming.

Apparently there are some pegmatites in the Katberg (I think?) that are awesome for bouldering, setting elimination problems with single crystals as holds for example....

I seem to avoid flappers, luckily.

Mr Joe: Are you a lumberjack? Because then it is ok. tongue2 (Sorry, could not resist....)


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natasqi


natasqi

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Location: Perth

Total posts: 489
Posted:I used to climb very week (indoor) and I've been outdoor twice, once in some random Perth Quarry and again in Thailand.

I loved it. I was super small and flexible and wasn't afraid to just jump to the next holds. I found though after a while I got to the 18-21 and the limiting factor was my arms bredth (?). Sometimes I could stand on tip toes on the last hold and still couldn't reach the next one.

My favourite ones were the chimney. I can get up chimneys without holds. SO MUCH FUN!

Hopefully I'll get back into it when I move to the 'big smoke'.


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:*Goes to check out grade comparisons*

Cool smile
It's mildly frustrating I only really got into climbing after the round the world trip... So much rock! ubblove

Off to the soft-sandstone this week for me.

Apparenly Dave Graham went out on the Grit yesterday and loved it... I think he's my main current inspiration over Sharma (9b?!!) - skinny dudes give me hope wink

Maybe a Portland spin-meet should be planned wink


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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:Used to love indoor climbing. Would have been on my school team, but the inter-school comp was on the day of my debutante ball frown

Stopped going because it's too expensive frown


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

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Posted:Why go indoors in Oz when you have so much gorgeous rock?

(Aside from the risk of sticking your hand into a funnel-webs home...does this affect the grading?)


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willworkforfoodjnr
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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Total posts: 1046
Posted:This thread really makes me want to head up to Ilkley quarry. Beautiful gritstone climbs, loads of nice boulder problems, and a good pub less than 2 minutes walk from the climbs.

Perfect weather for it at the moment too.


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:*shakes fist*
Curse you and your good quality local rocks!

The best i have is a sideways sandpit 45 minutes drive away.

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willworkforfoodjnr
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Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Total posts: 1046
Posted:Sandstone is some of the most awful stuff ever. Had a couple of nuts rip out on me doing trad on a sandstone climb - it was the first and last time I've climbed the stuff.

Shouldn't you have a fair bit of limestone down there?


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Durbs
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Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

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Posted:Only on the Dorset coast which is a good 2 hours drive away, 2.5 for sport climbing.

You're not allowed to trad climb on Sandstone anymore - top-rope or solo only... It's odd.
There's always the option of chalk - if you're a mentalist.


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Originally Posted By: DurbsWhy go indoors in Oz when you have so much gorgeous rock?

(Aside from the risk of sticking your hand into a funnel-webs home...does this affect the grading?)

Because as a 16year old highschool students it's largely impossible to get to those places after school for practise and then for the day trip for the competition.

Even as a 22 year old uni student juggling a part-time job with no drivers license it's largely impossible to get to those places even for a weekend trip away.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:Tasmanian Seastacks. I *really* want to be let loose on those babies....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Rougie - i hear you smile Time is a rare commodity...

I did some climbing at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, and some exciting soloing/scrambling at the Glasshouse mountains near Brizzy.

Bouldering Wave Rock would be a challenge wink


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Posted:Originally Posted By: Rouge DragonOriginally Posted By: DurbsWhy go indoors in Oz when you have so much gorgeous rock?

(Aside from the risk of sticking your hand into a funnel-webs home...does this affect the grading?)

Because as a 16year old highschool students it's largely impossible to get to those places after school for practise and then for the day trip for the competition.

Even as a 22 year old uni student juggling a part-time job with no drivers license it's largely impossible to get to those places even for a weekend trip away.

*nods* nods*

I find a big thing is, if I went outside I would have to have my own rope and harness (which I do) and shoes (which I have) and all the other little pieces that go with it (which I don't have) and you also have to have someone comfortable with lead climbing...

It's just easier going indoor.

And I only know of one place near Perth where you can go outdoor... Other places would be hours away... we're pretty flat down here.


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

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Posted:I do not have rope, but have a harness, shoes and helmet. I also have some quickdraws. A good friend of mine has some draws as well as a rope and the basics.

Together we can do pretty much any climb we want to, unless it needs a stupidly long rope....


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"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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willworkforfoodjnr
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

willworkforfoodjnr

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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Total posts: 1046
Posted:*bumpity*

I bought a dvd called 'The Sharp End' yesterday. Probably the best climbing film I've seen. Some people be crazy. My favourite was the highball bouldering stuff, but theres also some huge big wall stuff, crazy guys climbing sandstone columns in, um, Austria I think, and a bloke who climbs the north face of the Eiger with nothing but a base jumping pack.

Highly recommended smile


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