Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spring Break - Sydney & The Blue Mountains!

A couple weeks ago was SPRING BREAK here in Australia!!!

Me and Rob, my OZ climbing parter, headed to Sydney to do a little climbing. Let's just say that if you are a climber, you MUST come to Sydney... I could compare it to Chattanooga and say that there is just HEAPS of good quality sandstone climbing!!!! We went to so many areas and completely thrashed our bodies (good training though!). Here are a few pics from the week (more can be found on facebook):Day One: Nowra, an incredible hard climbinga area that has super-quality, humbling climbing!

Days 2 & 3: after waking up SOOOO INCREDIBLE SORE from Nowra, we headed to The Balkans, a really cool standstone bouldering area near Sydney. We spent 2 days climbing there and had a blast each day!!! I climbed until 8 of my fingertips were bleeding and then kept climbing. =) Oh, and I nearly stepped on the most deadly snake in the world. Thankfully it was cold/wet outside so it slithered back into it's cave... but still scared the shit out of me!

the balkans
our hands hurt
v5. the balkans
bloody fingers (8 of them)
v5. the balkans
v6. the balkans

one of my many "ouchies" of the trip
v5. the balkans
v10. the balkans
dinner: DURIAN!
day 4: Sutherland - we went to 2 different areas in the area, both in or near suburban neighborhoods near Sydney. Pretty cool stuff, for sure.
Day 5 - Rest day (THANK GOD): SYDNEY - the bridge
Checking out the Sydney Opera House on our rest day
duck crossing!

Days 6 & 7 - THE BLUE MOUNTAINS!!!!

Oh my god guys... i can't even tell you in words how amazing the blue mountains are. I am almost embarassed to upload pics because none of them do the place justice. This place is just simply AMAZING. To give you an idea, i CRIED from the pure beauty of the place. I felt like the double rainbows dude... seriously! We had a blast climbing there for a couple days but i am already dying to go back. We just saw one small area and there is so much more. I can't wait to go back!
admiring the view @ the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains. pics don't do it justice.
this area was FULL OF ENERGY
climbed at the upper section the first day:

Spring Break was AWESOME and it was so cool to climb in Sydney and the Blue Mountains... some of the best climbing i've ever done, for sure.


Omegachuck said...

The steep V5 arete looks awesome...and BD would love the photo for sponsorship I bet. Nice to see your trademark 'bloody fingers' back in action again.

Anonymous said...

It is all beautiful Ash! Enjoy it for me. :)