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Grade Route Gear style Quality Difficulty
Sat 10th Sep 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Mike's crack boulder
V0 The crack - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora, Volodymyr K, Rebecca Boulder 4m Very Good
Sat 10th Sep 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Karma boulder
V3 Keith the Moravian Swearing Bear - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora, Volodymyr K Boulder 4m
Sat 10th Sep 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Tim's/Jeff's Boulder
V2 Scoop - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora Boulder 3m
V2 Stolen moments - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora Boulder 3m
V0 J1 - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora Boulder 2m
V1 T3 - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora Boulder 2m
V0 Pete's layaway - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora Boulder 3m
Sat 10th Sep 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Actively Eroding Boulder
VB Jugs and cups

A couple laps with Nora who loved this

- with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Nora
Boulder 3m
Sat 10th Sep 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Ant eater Boulder
V3 The Ant Eater - with Michael Birtill, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell Boulder 5m
Thu 8th Sep 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Bastille
22 Mountain Berry Blast

The move to 3rd bolt wigged me out even more on second?! Had a couple rests, at crux and then again on the easier slab at the end I was very juiced

- with Michael Moore
Sport 25m, 8 Classic
22 Mountain Berry Blast

Alec had to bail just before we got on it. The froth was bubbling over when we found this, lots of pinches and tufa features and wavey rock, mushrooms which are actually solid. Was guessing it was about 18 but as I climbed it kept ratcheting up. Clipping the 3rd bolt is spicy, may need to be moved. Fell at crux at 5th bolt, so pumpy! Easily one of the best routes at gara

- with Michael Moore, Alec Eastwood
Sport 25m, 8 Classic
Thu 1st Sep 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Hope Buttress
14 Zip wire

Really cool rock features

Mixed trad 5m, 1
18 Trip wire

Surprisingly balancy slab moves

Top rope 6m
17 Cross wired

Climbs quite well, technical slab crux at the end

Sport 8m, 4 Very Good
15 Hubris Sport 6m, 2 Good
Sat 27th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders The holy land
V3 A cauldron of covid

Yet another sick little problem that appeared out of nowhere on rock that I've scoured many times. Lots of core and bicep action, very happy to do it first go

- with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill
Boulder 1m Very Good
V3 Pilgrimage - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 7m Classic
V2 Cracked vessel - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 2m Good
V0 Jug rail - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 3m Good
V0 Ostrovsky - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 2m
V1 The western wall - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 2m
V0 Prayer note crack - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 2m
VB Round rail - with Ash Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill Boulder 2m Good
Sat 27th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Triangle Boulder
V3 Reference angle

Hard little crimpy number, decent feet. Only a couple goes and then had to go eat the awesome bbq burger Ned put on

- with Ash Powell, Danni Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill
Boulder 4m
V1 The opposite side

This is probably the best route on the boulder and I have a feeling the back of this was vegetated and has been cleaned up in the drought then flood cycle

- with Ash Powell, Danni Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill
Boulder 4m
Sat 27th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Mozzie Rock
V4 Mozzie Rock

A couple goes to resend, kinda butchered it but got to the top

- with Ash Powell, Danni Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill
Boulder 4m Very Good
Sat 27th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
South-Western Boulders Sloper Boulder
V2 Sloper traverse

Dabbed crux so took 2 goes

- with Ash Powell, Danni Powell, Ned, Nora, Michael Birtill
Boulder 1m
Fri 26th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Bastille
23 Green Jam

YUS! 3 goes, first was typical flash pump first route of the day. Second was a pretty close one hang. Three is a charm! It is still winter but the sundeck was cooking

- with Michael Moore, Todd Free
Trad 13m Classic
Fri 19th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Kitchen
16 Frog in a Blender

Short and lovely. As we were packing up my new downie blew into the water and Simon was a champ and went for a brisk swim. Walk out was hard, slow, cramped up a lot

- with Michael Moore, Simon Porter
Trad 7m Very Good
15 Get Nuked

Lovely rock, perfect first lead for Simon. If only this went for 5 pitches

- with Michael Moore, Simon Porter
Trad 7m Very Good
Fri 19th Aug 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Bastille
21 Possum Magic

First climb again post covid. Felt very drained. Afterwards bashed down the gully to the kitchen through a jungle of thorns and stinging nettles, next time better to walk around the rim and drop in from the west

- with Michael Moore, Simon Porter
Trad 13m Very Good
Sat 16th Jul 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Bastille
27 Chicks Dig Scars

Rapped into to take some pics and got a nice vid of Michael taking a whipper when a piece popped. Done a lot of jugging today, way more than the I've climbed

- with Michael Moore
Trad 25m
23 Green Jam

Slightly higher high point that last time, much cleaner sequence with less faffing. Sagged at the fist crack. Powered through the rest with a little scream, much easier than trying to be slow and steady. Classic!

- with Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, carol lee, Simon Porter
Trad 13m Classic
21 Possum Magic

Second go did it almost pure layback and much easier. A couple jams at the roof to rest, burned through the second layback section and got a no hands rest in the possum hole. Such a nice route

- with Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, carol lee, Simon Porter
Trad 13m Very Good
21 Possum Magic

First go, jammed it all up to the little rooflet which was super pumpy, came down after second rest

- with Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, carol lee, Simon Porter
Trad 13m
Fri 24th Jun 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
Car Park Boulders Heavenly area
22 22/23 Stairway to Heaven

Rapped off to film Michael, had to bail before I had a go

- with Benji Dutaillis, Michael Moore
Trad 21m Classic
Fri 24th Jun 2022 - Mt Yarrowyck
The practice rocks
21 Lattanzio's Lurch

A mix of slab and jams from tips to fists, nice finish to glory jug

- with Benji Dutaillis, Michael Moore
Trad 12m Very Good Easy 21
22 Killip's Killer

Real cool little line. Was expecting a fight but flashed it and felt solid all the way

- with Benji Dutaillis, Michael Moore
Trad 15m Classic
15 Birchill's bomber

Pretty cruisy, crack is a little gravelly

- with Benji Dutaillis, Michael Moore
Trad Good
Sat 18th Jun 2022 - Stonehenge
South East Cluster Salisbury Common
V0 S6

Did a couple laps on this for the 'jump shot' and another for a drone fly-around shot

- with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K
Boulder Very Good
Sat 18th Jun 2022 - Stonehenge
South East Cluster Split in Half Boulder
V1 Split the MAQBA ?

Tried from the SDS right side in which isn't ideal. Tried left side in but lost motivation

- with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K, Simon Porter, Ash Powell
Boulder 5m
V6 S18

Not even an attempt. I power spotted Volo past the crux starting holds. Seems around V2 once you are on. First moves are brutal

- with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K, Simon Porter, Ash Powell
Boulder
V7 Break Free

Had a bunch of goes on this, super delicate barn door action. Got within a foot of the glory side pull hold and it feels possible

- with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K, Simon Porter, Ash Powell, Thor
Boulder 4m
V1 Down but not out - with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K, Simon Porter, Ash Powell Boulder 3m Very Good Suggested grade V2
Sat 18th Jun 2022 - Stonehenge
North-East cluster Cliffhanger boulder
V0 NE10 - with Lani, Ben, Yen, Jack, Alex, April, Benji Dutaillis Boulder 4m
V4 Cliffhanger

I'm not sure if I've given this a proper work before, I think I've been daunted by the look of it. Got up it after ~6 goes. A few people got up it and consensus is to downgrade it a tad

- with Lani, Ben, Yen, Jack, Alex, April, Benji Dutaillis
Boulder 5m Classic
V1 The Benevolent Biscuit! - with Lani, Ben, Yen, Jack, Alex, April, Benji Dutaillis Boulder 6m
V1 Ramp Traverse - with Lani, Ben, Yen, Jack, Alex, Boulder 4m
Sat 18th Jun 2022 - Stonehenge
North-East cluster Nose rock
V6 Trepanation

After I got up most other things fairly easily I was optimistic about this and totally shut down. Start hold is missing but that's not too bad. Could consistently get into the shallow 2-pad pocket and just no idea (or memory) how to progress after that

- with Benji Dutaillis, Lani, Ben
Boulder 5m Classic
V0 The Nose - with Simon Porter, Alec Eastwood, Ash Powell, Danni Powell Boulder 6m Classic
Sat 18th Jun 2022 - Stonehenge
North-East cluster The Wave Boulder
V2 Tangerine crest

Re-sent first go, remember this being a bit of a head game a long time ago

- with Ben, Simon Porter, Blue Mountains Orangutan, Lani
Boulder 5m Classic
Sun 12th Jun 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Bastille
23 Green Jam

Got to about 2/3 and pumped out. Finished with 3 hangs. All the moves are there but it is deceptively steep. A truly superb route and its crazy that routes were done either side decades ago and this gem was just left untouched

- with Michael Moore, Volodymyr K
Trad 13m Classic
Sat 7th May 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Eastern Boulders Catacombs
V5 Catacomb Roof

Got here with headlamps, sweaty from the bash up the hill. Had a few goes, so sharp and so thrashed.

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder 3m Hard V4
Sat 7th May 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Big boulder bend The Blacksmith's alcove
Smithy project

Volo and Ben had gotten a couple moves on this so gave it ago. The moves feel impossible! It isn't really clear where is would go. Don't think I can do it. Sound familiar?? But was mega spent, so something for next time

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder
V2 The anvil

I thought this would be easy but the start turned out to be quite hard up the direct line I was expecting as well as sharp. Ben found a hold way round left. I also did the 'head jam' move same as Ben to get the finish

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder 3m Average
V6 The Blacksmith

This is a text book example of everything I love about bouldering. The water level was high and so our original goal of the big nugget was out, as was the king line project. We'd looked at this wall more than once before but it didn't seem that great. Michael started scrubbing and it just got more and more intriguing. But it was completely impossible! I couldn't even pull on! It was totally beyond me. Gradually refined beta and we managed to get unlock it bit by bit and after probably 15 goes got the tick! I haven't pinched, compressed, campus'ed and generally thrashed myself this hard on something in ages and I love it

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder 3m Classic
Sat 7th May 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Big boulder bend The big boulders
V4 A flash of commitment

The water was so high it was more difficult just to get here, only to confirm it was mostly underwater. Volo half jokingly suggested we try the end, and then took off his shirt and did an extremely committing traverse on slopers over the water in his approach shoes. I tried it a couple times and couldn't even do the first move and was totally wigged out. Now that this traverse has been unlocked it is the obvious link up finish to what will be a true king line when finally done (probably next drought)

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder 3m Very Good
Sat 7th May 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Powers creek junction Humpty Dumpty area
V3 Inevitable web

I thought I was doing the Feeling of Presence but turns out to be a new problem, and yet another high quality problem on this ace little wall

- with Ben Vincent, Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Clive
Boulder 5m Classic
V1 huge rail

Got it first go. It is quite delicate, could get a grade bump

- with Ben Vincent, Volodymyr K, Michael Moore, Clive
Boulder 5m Classic
V0 left jug rail

Fun! I remembered it was high, but still gets your heart going

- with Ben Vincent, Volodymyr K, Michael Moore, Clive
Boulder 6m Classic
Sat 30th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Little Ayers
V1 The Crack

Retick in approach shows. Done this many times, surprised I've never logged it before

- with Michael Moore, Volodymyr K, Laura Price, Bryn Norris
Boulder 4m
Sat 30th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Savage Amusement Buttress
22 Inertia

First time I've been on the 'real' inertia, always been confused by the bolts. This route is quality. Take care to extend gear over the sharper lips to save your rope. Was lightly raining, the cross through move at the lip shut me down and was a bit rushed to spend time working it.

- with Volodymyr K, Michael Moore, Laura Price, Bryn Norris
Trad 10m Very Good
Fri 29th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Savage Amusement Buttress
20 Bootleg

Steeper than it looks, no jambs just laybacking. Flash pumped and hung, but once you figure out the sweet spots the crux is over way too soon. I got onto the top of the roof after some gardening and there is a big dead tree before you can get to savage amusement. SA needs some big cleanup to finish. Ended up back climbing and I think I did it in better style than the ascent

- with Michael Moore
Trad 15m Good
25 Picnic at Hanging Rock

Glad Michael made me get back on this, super stoked to get the 3rd bolt on the first go. Worked the top a bit and got the second crux, didn't do the top slab.

- with Michael Moore
Mixed trad 10m, 3 Classic
Fri 15th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Pseudoephedrine Boulders
V3 Echidna flake right variant

Upgrading this, it's on par with pseudo, and long over due giving these a name

- with carol lee, Simon Porter
Boulder 3m Good
V2 Echidna flake

Warmup

- with carol lee, Simon Porter
Boulder 4m Good
V3 Teddy Bear's Picnic

Was gassed after a good session. Got it again second go

- with carol lee, Simon Porter
Boulder 2m Very Good
Fri 15th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Hierarchy of Kneeds Boulder
V5 Self actualization

I'd had a bunch of goes on this between all of other stuff. Carol sent it first quite different to how I'd been working it in her typical high heels style which wouldn't work for me. I was ready to move on and had a couple more goes feeling super juiced, really feeling the strain in both bicep tendons from compressing pretty hard. Then one subtle swap in the order of the slaps and it all went down and felt somewhat easy. Super psyched to send this! Probably a dozen goes

- with carol lee, Simon Porter, Ash, Danni Powell
Boulder 3m Classic
V4 Esteem kneeds — 5 attempts

Gets your abs going, ticked it with a dynamic right toe hook kick holding me in while I dyno'ed. Spicy

- with carol lee, Simon Porter, Ash, Danni Powell
Boulder 3m Very Good
V2 Belonging kneeds

"It's like ... I was made for this" - Hulk

Kinda right up my alley

- with carol lee, Simon Porter, Ash, Danni Powell
Boulder 3m Classic
V1 Safety kneeds - with carol lee, Simon Porter, Ash, Danni Powell Boulder 3m Very Good
V1 Physiological kneeds

Nice

- with carol lee, Simon Porter, Ash, Danni Powell
Boulder 3m Very Good
Sun 10th Apr 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Hope Buttress
18 Anticipation

Broke in the new purple

- with Michael Moore, Clive
Trad 20m
14 Charity - with Michael Moore, Clive Trad 20m
16 Hope - with Michael Moore, Clive Trad 25m Good
Mon 21st Feb 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Mad Woman's Breakfast Area
20 Mad Woman's Breakfast

A sneaky 3 hour gorge trip before school pickup. Slowly chipped away over ~5 attempts. Benji worked it and sent it quite smoothly. I butchered it, did the crux and then fell off and got rope burn on my elbow. Next go I sent it despite butchering it even more. I didn't have a single solid jam just pure desperate levitation grovel. Grade is definitely harder than Savage Amusement (supposedly 22), Prime Cut 20, Luce 21. It's not 23, but I think 22 isn't unreasonable. Feels maybe on par with Pub Grubs at 3rd breakaway.

- with Benji Dutaillis
Trad 10m Very Good
Tue 15th Feb 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Evan Stone area
V4 Tumble Jumble (Cave problem)

It was dark and I thought I was already done but the psyche was high and the single shared headlight kept us going. I mostly did the very torquey crux moves through the roof a few times and fell off chopping the hand jam in on the right. Somewhat contrived but a really awesome cave roof problem.

- with Ben Vincent, Volodymyr K
Boulder 3m Very Good
V3 Three Ways

Did the traverse a few times, first using foot looks at arm bars, second with crimps and third with underclings. Was pretty gassed generally by this stage and just couldn't pull onto the mantle.

- with Ben Vincent, Volodymyr K
Boulder 5m Very Good
V5 Blokus

Took a bit of figuring out but such a great problem. This thing is such a cool find despite us looking at this block before and dismissing it. Maybe 10 attempts and was close to leaving it for next time.

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K
Boulder 6m Classic
Sun 13th Feb 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Evan Stone area
V3 The Sickle

Hard start move and then balancy stand up and done

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis
Boulder 3m Good
V2 The jug tunnel - with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis Boulder 3m
V2 V1 The Hammer

More or less a nice extension

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis
Boulder 3m Good
V2 Side pull

I thought this would be really spicy but the left side is too close. A wild hard sit start could be possible off a little crystal pocket

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis
Boulder 3m Very Good
18 Death roof

This cleaned up fairly nicely into a pure crack problem without the features to the left which we thought would be needed. Could be a couple variants. All over in 2-3 moves but still good fun. Still not sure I'd want to solo boulder it.

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis
Trad 6m Very Good
V3 Chicken Cacciatore

Pure finger licking good chicken wings. Left side in, tried right side with no luck

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis
Boulder 1m Very Good
Sun 30th Jan 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central climbing areas Mad Woman's Breakfast Area
20 Mad Woman's Breakfast

Naively was psyching myself up for an onsight, totally shut down. Had maybe half a dozen goes, high point was left cup after the constriction, high right fist after that

- with Michael Moore
Trad 10m Very Good
Sun 30th Jan 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Evan Stone area
V6 Fight Club

Had 4 attempts and super happy to tick this again. Got through the offwidth part all 4 burns. Need to remember to take the fan during summer, still hot underground

- with Michael Moore, Benji Dutaillis, Matt
Boulder 5m Classic
Mon 24th Jan 2022 - Upper Gara Gorge
Downstream climbing areas The Fortress
24 Heaving Falcons

Arvo mission mostly doing support. Bloody hot so mostly hunkered in the shade until dusk when I wasn't belaying. Yoyo lead the first section ok but a bit flash pumped. Traverse wore me down, and the roof just felt totally impossible. Jumared out and then ruined myself hauling gear and belaying Ben up on horrendous drag

- with Benji Dutaillis, Ben Vincent
Mixed trad 15m, 2 Very Good
Sat 1st Jan 2022 - Ebor Gorge
Pub Buttress
19 Eagle Nebular

Self belayed

- with Volodymyr K, Benji Dutaillis
Trad 12m Very Good
Thu 30th Dec 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Below the bridge
V5 Riverside reflections

Had a couple goes, hot and weak and my pads were fairly shredded and my left toe nail was whinging. Got to the first crux

- with carol lee
Boulder 4m Very Good
Thu 30th Dec 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
Central Boulders Little Ayers
Slash project

This scrubbed up ok. Gritty hard traverse, almost campus problem. Mantle will be very committing and fall is slightly dodgy. Was fairly hot, had maybe a dozen goes, chasing shade from intermittent clouds

- with carol lee
Boulder 5m Good
Sat 18th Dec 2021 - Ebor Gorge
Pub Buttress
Roof project

Very bouldery start under the roof. Impossible blankness up the pillar. Did the balancy arete move onto the slab. Didn't do the last 2m but it seems doable, might be a dyno

- with Benji Dutaillis, Volodymyr K
Trad 12m Good
18 Fist dunce

Such a nice consistent climb

- with Volodymyr K, Benji Dutaillis
Trad 12m Very Good
18 23andMe - with Volodymyr K, Benji Dutaillis Trad 12m Classic
Sun 24th Oct 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Below the bridge
V4 Shawarma

First go didn't get off the ground. Second go did it static. Third go did it the smoothest I've even done it and eliminated the side pull in the middle for a really wide gaston power move probably V5. Classic

- with carol lee, Volodymyr K, Dom, Sophia
Boulder 3m Classic
V2 Barbie Twist n Turn

Every single time I've jumped on Shawarma I've meant to jump on this and we just always get too frothy and forget. A nice little route and now a good warmup.

- with carol lee, Volodymyr K, Dom, Sophia
Boulder 3m Very Good
Sun 17th Oct 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
North rim boulders Plumbers crack
25 The Plumbers Crack

Surprisingly possible. Minging crimpy start and then its mostly ok in crack, then crux topout. On my last go my high point was the last pinch jam. I dide the top from the good crimp way out left at the top but I think its too far and I can do it just with the nipple crystal instead. Ben was super close

- with Ben Vincent, Benji Dutaillis, carol lee, Michael Moore
Boulder 8m Very Good
Mon 4th Oct 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Evan Stone area
V1 Harry Potter's Scar - with carol lee Boulder 3m
V4 Red licorice

I first tried this 11 years ago! We intended to just have a look at this and then chase some underground shade at FC, but then we thrashed ourselves for 4 hours straight, maybe 20 attempts? I was done numerous times: left hand was swollen from the jam and right tips were shredded, but psyche kept regrowing. In the end some new subtle beta eliminated the jam altogether. Super stoked and quite unexpected. Now it just needs a proper start on the underclings, the two moves into where I started will likely bump it up to around V6-7

- with carol lee
Boulder 3m Very Good
Sat 25th Sep 2021 - Upper Gara Gorge
Cascade boulders Below the bridge
V1 Turbot St Exit - with Ben Vincent, carol lee Boulder 4m Very Good

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