Climbing in Australia

In 2010 I suffered a very bad neck and head injury skiing, and was not able to do much, but was heading over to Australia for a wedding and though what better way to recover than chill out and go climbing for 2 and a half months!  Like everyone I had always heard so much about the legendy craging in Arapilies, and went streight there.

First there was the problem of how to get there?  The transport is not very good in Aus, and I was going to rent a car or van, but even just for a 2 week trip was looking like $1000 dollars which I definatly could not aford.  So the day before leaving melbourne one way or another, I found a second hand car for $1400 and bought it.  Driving to Arapilies is very streight forward and takes roughly 3 and a half hours from Melbourne.  The Wildlife is fantastic there, and going on a daily photography walk at the start was almost all I could manage.  I slowly got back in to climbing, and only had a very very small alpine rack with me, but it was great, I had not climbed in a long time, and my streingth was down to zero after the injury but confidance was soring, and seeked out all badly protected climbs!  But all I could manage was 3 – 4 days climbing, before I had to head back to Melbourne to rest up on the couch for a week.

It is easy to find partners in Arapilies but I never like climbing with new people, so it was great that a good friend Steph joined me after a few weeks.  It was brilliant climbing with here, we had met in Yosemite 2 years before


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