Flinders ranges (walking in the rain), Adelaide (gathering information), Waitapinga (climbing!), Car Crash Crag (poor attempts at climbing)
09.12.2011 - 12.12.2011
So we escaped the outback and are now hunting down some climbing in the camper...
Day 1: Flinders Ranges- 9.12.11
Went to Wilpena Pound national park to do some climbing but it was raining and we had no guidebook so first fail. we decided to do a walk round the national park instead so as to not waste the 2 hour drive. We got very wet walking for 5 hours in the rain, but saw a few Kangaroos and got a nice view of the flinders range. Afterwards we drove down South past Port Augusta and stayed the night in a picnic spot situated between a railway line and a highway (nice and quiet…)
Adelaide – 10.12.11
Made it into the city where the only thing we did was to get some lunch and then go to a Scout Outdoors Centre shop to get a climbing guide and some advice. The nice assistant there “Roo” told us the best places to go around the area, so we bought a guidebook and were on our way down south to stay at a campsite in Victor Harbour which was a 15 minute drive from our climbing destination.
Actual Climbing Day 1: 11.12.11
Waitpinga – Cephalopod Crag
Pretty cool massive slab down a long decent gully right to the bottom of the sea cliffs. All of us Lead a couple of very easy climbs (Grade 13's- for grade conversion use google, I cant remember off the top of my head... ), then I top-roped a pretty good grade 19 climb lead by Nathan, then had an epic fail on a 23 (did the 16 grade section fine but then came off at the crux when it turned into harder grade). Cool climbing though massive swell meant we had to be a bit careful where we sat.
The Bluff – The Pleasure Dome
“Worlds best 5m grade 14” quick stop off to try and get each of us in the pose on the front of the guidebook. What the picture doesn’t show is the drop below it, therefore the 10 minutes trying to coax me to lean out over the edge, and another 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get into the pose the girl on the front of the guidebook is in (harder than it looks and still didn’t get it quite right!). Then back to camp for steak cooked on a bbq (an after climbing habit picked up from Spain)
Climbing Day 2: 12.12.11
Today we drove to Car Crash Crag which wasnt as successful, we couldnt find any reasonably graded sport so we ended up doing an akward unidentified, unknown grade climb (which was OK) and then Nathan had a bit of an epic on a grade 20 which involved going the wrong way, putting in one of the few nuts we had to protect the wrong way, getting back onto the right route, hauling up on the quickdraw, standing on bolts and generally doing everything possible to get to the top, which he did do, so not too much of a fail! anyway after that we gave up and have now driven back to Adelaide to use internet and such. Unfortunately we arent having the most luck finding good sport climbs around the area we are in, hopefully we will make it to the Blue Mountains near Sydney at some point, but at the moment we have to stay between Adelaide and Melbourne to return the Camper at Christmas.
Tomorrow the search continues....