Nov 08 14
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Two more days of climbing in the Blue Mountains before we head off on the first leg of our Australian rock climbing road trip.

Awesome top pitch of Eyrie at Mount Boyce

Awesome top pitch of Eyrie at Mount Boyce

The first was at Mount Boyce, a great single and two pitch venue. Lots of bolted routes. I say bolted, but these are Aussie bolts; Carrot bolts. Big machine bolts driven into the rock with no hangers. You carry the hangers in your chalk bag and have to slot them on as you ascend. Clipping the hanger secures it, filling the wider part of the slot that fits over the machine bolt head with the back of the karabiner. So far we don’t like them much. We all agreed, either bolt the route properly or leave it for natural protection.

Anyway, saying that, we did have lots of fun, until the scorching sun forced us off the rock.

A beer after the climbing at the Victoria Hotel

A beer after the climbing at the Victoria Hotel

We had fun that night with a traditional Australian BBQ with massive slabs of steak.

Nice pinny Ian!

Nice pinny Ian!

Our final day at the Blueys was saved for a full day multi pitch extravaganza. We went off to find Bunny Bucket Buttress (is that the right name?) a nine pitch route with an amazing and committing approach, while the others joined Andrew for Tom Thumb on Fortress Ridge Mount Hay.

Approach to Bunny Buckets (?)

Approach to Bunny Buckets (?)

Laetitia half way up the awesome nine pitch route

Laetitia half way up the awesome nine pitch route

80m of a vertical jug fest!  The best pitch(es) ever!!!

80m of a vertical jug fest! The best pitch(es) ever!!!

Amazing Blue Mountain views!<br />Check out the overhanging BASE jumping platform...

Amazing Blue Mountain views!
Check out the overhanging BASE jumping platform...

Amazing scenery, amazing climbing. A perfect day for all.

Series - Australia 2008

  1. Australian Rock
  2. Blue Mountains
  3. The Australian Alps
  4. I’m a climber get me out of here!
  5. The Greatest Crag in the World … ?
  6. Farewell to Arapiles … for now …
  7. G’day Kats
  8. Emu Holiday Park
  9. Hello Grampians
  10. Crikey! Australia Zoo
  11. Glass House Mountains
  12. Rainforest meets Reef
  13. Quizzing in Sydney
  14. Reunion in Kiama
  15. The end of the Australian Adventure
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