venturing beyond the horizon-tale

  • venturing beyond the horizon-tale

  • We love the outdoors, we love our planet that's why we keep on exploring parts of the world which have yet to be "civilized". Please take a tour of the pictures posted. Our pictures are only a fraction of what we feel. Find your feet, walk beyond the horizon and make a tale of your own when you feel the oneness with our great mother earth.
Trad Climbing at Mt. Arapiles Australia

mid april 2012 / autumn

Mt. Arapiles, the trad. climbing mecca in Australia offering thousands of natural climbs spread over cliffs around the Pines Campground. Basic camping facilities are provided such as toilets and water taps (no shower) at 2AUD/night. It's definitely a place for climbers who are looking for budget accommodations while still having a good climbing experience. It also caters to climbers who are looking for something more adventurous and challenging. We rented a car for easy traveling in and out from the crags to stock up on foods/drinks from the nearest supermarket which is a 45mins drive from the campground. To keep things light and cost friendly,we just brought our tent, portable camping stove, sleeping bag and some others basic camping gears on-board. Do bring more clothes during autumn as the weather can be pretty chilly for people living in tropical weathers.

The nearest crag is around 5 mins walking distance and has enough climbs for your whole day excursion. As a sport climber I was a bit nervous about the grading there but it turns out it was not as bad as i thought :) The rocks are sandstone with good features. The easiest trad. climb I attempted was a 5b sport grade and it was pretty comfortable for me to place protections / nuts. You can have more focus on placing the protection rather than worry about the climb. Having said that, there are many beautiful and challenging routes for hardcore climbers too.

A special note for sport climbers, there will not be any anchor at each pitch to lower off at most of the climbs. Carry more slings and carabiners, build your own anchor at the top and belay second up, then walk off/down climb from the top back. Some climbs have a rappel anchor that you can use to lower down directly. For more details, please refer to Mt.Arapiles climbing guidebook. Feel free to ask us about this location when we meet and we hope to share more of our rock climbing exploration in the future.
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