After 2 weeks in town, We are in the Blue Mountains And we will finally climb! I’m impatient, we’ll see if it’s good or not We start the day with This beautiful “13” Which corresponds to a path in the 5 Audrey prepares to climb it We try to go slowly Because his finger is still hurt What has happened ? My pulley is injured I just have to be patient Try to climb very easy ways And do not put too much weight on my finger All conditions are right for a good day So how did it go ? I do not know, my finger still hurts So I have to take care Anyway, the landscape from the top is beautiful I will keep this idea in mind and just enjoy it Just now, I made a very spilling 7a At sight Who was very cool with big movements Now we climb on a vertical wall.
This way is a classic 7a I just missed the “A vue” But it’s really beautiful climbing How winter is here in the Blue Mountains We chose Helpx for our stay Helpx is a site that allows you to meet people And have free rooms In exchange for a few hours of work The first week, we stayed at James & Mia’s A very nice Australian couple They have a huge property, with a beautiful house in the middle of nature In Blackheath, a small town in the Blue Mountains The deal with them was to work 4 hours a day In exchange for a nice room with a private bathroom And all the meals It’s a really fair exchange because you can have all the necessary comfort Meet super nice people Improve your English And we also learned about gardening and other things.
So it was really interesting And, a great thing, We had all the afternoons free to climb on the cliffs And what was good was that we only had 10 minutes to drive So, you can Climb only for a few hours when you want And the weather is always nice In 3 weeks, we had only 1 day of rain It’s perfect ! We are delighted to have had the chance to meet James & Mia They share our passion for climbing and outdoor experiences James’ career is very impressive Because he is a professional adventurer He made very risky expeditions around the globe A few years ago, he became the first man to cross the Tasman Sea Between New Zealand and Australia And he did it in a kayak! It’s hard to believe He also left for the longest expedition of all time to the South Pole I guess it was also exceptional What an impressive man
You are encouraged to read his two books About his expeditions We will talk to you when we have finished reading them! What’s good with the Helpx is that it’s very convenient Just log on to the site And there is a map Where you can see all Helpx in the world And there are many ! You can contact the people who offer the rooms Talk to them a bit And you agree to go there And it works very well ! We recommend you do it It is probably the cheapest way to live beautiful experiences abroad Our big rocktrip starts here in the Blue Mountains The Blue Mountains are located less than 2h30 from Sydney This place is absolutely huge There are more than 200 climbing routes But there are also many ways in trades Great ways The rock here is sandstone It’s really perfect sandstone With a very good grip We climb mainly on sliders And enough block We can also find other forms like holes, Weird tweezers And all these nice things Now it’s the beginning of winter in South Australia Conditions are perfect for climbing.
The temperature varies between 10 and 15 degrees It’s still very dry With a little wind As my personal goal this year is to climb three 8a, I decided, during the first days, To start looking for a project I first tried a classic path called Decodifier It is a vertical route of the “Shipley Haut” sector For me, there was 2 crux And I could not find the method for any of them! I had to give up this one Then I tried another classic 8a In the sector “Centennial Glenn” The track is called “August 1940” I managed to make all the moves on the first climb So it was rather encouraging Second day in the project I think we’re going to warm up somewhere here There is a beautiful 7a On this sector, the rock forms beautiful holes This type of sandstone, it reminds me a little Margalef The way is 12 meters With about 30 movements in total There are 2 cruxes The hardest is the first The hardest movement of the first crux, Is always very difficult for me.
It’s a big dynamic movement Towards a good rule You have to put a very high heel Almost up to my ears I’m really happy with my progress today I managed to connect all the movements between them until the first crux That I did not succeed And after that I was able to Connect the dynamic movement and the two following movements Which is always very hard for me It was very cool Today’s industry is called Gateway There are two very pretty red grottos It was not so easy to find the area Because we had to barudate in the bush for about 30 minutes There was no real way I think I’ll start the day with a 24 The path starts at the bottom right of the cave and ends at the top