Tuesday, June 11

Not a totally lost weekend

We were supposed to have a looong weekend in the Grampians this past long weekend but then fate intervened and my plane was delayed in Melbourne and then asbestos leakage was identified in the Grampians campground!

Marian decided that obviously this was a sign and we should spend this long weekend at home. I upped the bet and said that we should go to the grampians next weekend.

Marian's sekrit plan was to spend the looong weekend doing nothing but re-compiling his droid kernel - I put a stop to that immediately: we climbed at Morialta on Saturday, tried to boulder at Bachelor's Pad on Sunday, and climbed at Carcrash Quarry on Monday. This sounds good until you find out what we actually did:

1. Morialta
We got there a bit too late in the day and the most popular route was busy. I was sekretly planning to do laps on it, so I was a bit miffed when a top rope was on it but nobody was climbing! Fuckers!!! Nevertheless, I trad led an 11 and literally spent the entire climb shitting myself out of fear: the route was dirty and I had drank too much coffee before that. I set up a top rope and we spent the whole day doing laps on a 19 (I'm training endurance, hence all the laps). The surprise of the day was meeting the Motherfucker (aka Rose Petals) - what was more surprising was seeing him climb as bad as before: STRONG, POWERFUL, ROAR, but with shitty technique. Ah well, some things never change.

2. Bachelor Pad
It would have been a great day for doing endurance at a bouldering area had I not had a brain fart and taken my NEW shooz to climb: how can one do endurance laps (15-20 mins at one go) when one's shooz are soo tight? So, after hiking all the way up to bachelor pad with Stalin, we hiked down after 45 minutes of my eyes popping out of my head.

3. Carcrash Quarry
Again, getting there late in the day (there might be a theme here) meant that all the nice/easy routes were taken. We put up a toprope on a 23 and settled on it for the day. Dear fuck, it was hard!!! By our powers combined we figured out the beta after flapping around for about an hour. We got the entire sequence just right for all present body types, which were: tall & skinny; skinny & flexible; old, fat & weak (I'll let you figure out which one is me, pfft). I managed to give it three strong laps before retiring for the day - I felt good at the end and also felt I could do laps on it ad nauseam so I guess there is some improvement there.


ionuca said...

New shoes? Which ones???

I have the bestest of friends in America and they agreed to bring me THE most awesome pair of climbing shoes ever!!! (These ones:http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/13853-blackwing-wms-pink-blue)

claudia said...

I have splurged and bought a La Sportiva Solutions. I've been a five ten girl but for a couple of years now I'm a La Sportiva fan. they are the best!!

Bogdan said...

"Marian's sekrit plan was to spend the looong weekend doing nothing but re-compiling his droid kernel - I put a stop to that immediately".

First I laughed, then I became sad :(