Monthly archive for May2013

Ammagamma – Session 5

My last climbing day in the Gramps. At 6.30am, way before sunrise, it was already 11c. My skin was very sore, the blood blisters and bruising on my right hand pinky, middle, and index all too sore to touch. On the drive to the crag…

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Ammagamma – Session 4

Day 30. I’d taken a single rest day and then it was straight back to the citadel. Conditions were amazing. The car showed 4c at 7.30am. This was the coldest it had been. Fate was finally dealing me a break. Trekking back up I still…

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Ammagamma – Session 3

The move. It was day 28 of our trip. We’d headed up to the far flung crag of Cave Club to do the classic v10 Cave Club. An awesome problem on really good rock which I’d managed to despatch relatively quickly. I was keen to…

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Ammagamma – Session 2

After the appalling state of affairs during session 1 I didn’t want to go back to Ammagamma any time soon. I knew what had to be done: I needed to learn to climb again and get strong. I needed to do them both and I…

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Ammagamma – Session 1

[Warning - The next several posts are going to be highly granular when it comes to climbing. I doubt many people have ever written so much waffle about a single bloc. You have been warned.] The first session on Ammagamma came on Day 5 of…

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Oz – Over the Cliff (a discrete jump)

When the weather did turn it didn’t just cool down a little, it fell off a cliff. We went to sleep after another day in the high 30′s and the forecast was still telling me that the following day it would max out in the…

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Hopes vs Expectations

In Between The Trees Ty said he had hopes but not expectations. The guy is wise beyond his years. I came to Grampians with a truck load of both, although the truck of expectation was much larger. Expectation in this case was the pressure I…

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Oz – Starting Again

Arriving in the Grampians was a dream come true. Whilst the dream of being able to pull on perfect orange sandstone was manifesting itself, some other factors were doing their best to turn the dream into a nightmare. In an ideal world I would have…

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