Weekend Number 1:
Friday, caught up with Julz, my old friend from uni and went to a seminar on “GUM DISEASE” haha woo tax write off. Had a very delicious dinner, dessert is displayed below.
Saturday came around and this was when I turned 25. Yep, I’m a slightly old fart. It was a little rainy in Sydney but Reuben and I decided to out to Nowra anyways. Reuben, took me to Southcentral first because it was a huge cave and most likely dry. I warmed up on the hardest 17 in the universe which is now graded 19. Then I gave "Crime is Art" a go, short punchy and huge moves. Haha wooo 23 was so hard. I worked out the beta and gave it another go. I managed to get through the crux but I ripped off some of my thumb nail and got very distracted. Failed on the last few jug holds.
Headed to The Grotto for some slab action! I tried so hard to onsight "Avocado Queens" I climbed into the first crux and couldn't figure it out so I down climbed, rested then climbed through only to fall on this wet patch. Reuben applogised, he didn't think the climb was wet. I didn't mind it was fun and challenging! "Belgian Tourist" was up next, the crux was so technical, thin and precise. I had a bit of trouble I thought conditions were good, but I was actually peeling off most holes.
Dinner time! Reuben booked “The Hungry Duck” for a special birthday dinner =D It was an amazing day topped off with awesome company and luxurious food.
Sunday morning why not go to a nice cafe for breakfast! MmMm so yumm… It was time to meet up with Clint and Emz at Thompsons Point. I was quite excited again another new crag and more fun to be had. I onsighted a few of the crag classics 21, 22 and 22. I got mega flash pumped and let out a huge power scream.
It was time to move on, I was so keen on trying “Cowboy Junkies” one of the mega classic 25s of Nowra. 5m roof to a large throw move to the head wall and funkiness to the top. I did alright figuring out the moves but the big move to the pocket from the roof just felt impossible. I tried it a zillion times, until my core just gave up on me. Fun route but I’ll just have to figure out beta next time when I’m fresh.
Sunday meant it was time to head home. I flew back to Brisbane but just wanted to climb more. Till next time!
3 weeks later weekend take 2 at Nowra:
So psyched on Nowra and the fun company of Reuben, I headed back down to Sydney. Saturday morning we had breakfast at a cafe that he supplies coffee to. I must admit it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had, it was healthy as well.
We then headed down to Nowra, weather wise it was much better than a few weekends ago but quite a few cliffs were still seeping. This was the weekend Reuben wanted to get his project "Coneheads” and I really wanted to get on “Trigga Nigga”. We headed to the grotto to do a few warm-ups before Reuben jumped on “Coneheads”. He did so well but wasn’t able to finish it off. We then headed to PC crag, where I gave “Trigga Nigga” my best insight attempt. I could read the climb really well from the ground and once I got on the climb I was focused. The crux was thin and I read it 2 ways, big move or intermediate before a better crimp. I opted for the intermediate and i screamed all the way through the crux and the jump move to the sloppy jugs was great. When i finished the climbing I couldn’t believe that I had onsighted my first 25. Wee so good! I tried a 26 after and couldn’t even pull the first few moves hahaha failed hard :P Reuben tried “Brother in a Body Bag” all the moves went quite easily but the last jug was so soapy, he slipped off every time he went for it. What a great first day, mission for the weekend done. We went to point perp and stayed there for the night.
It was so lovely to wake up at the beach, the sand was so white and we could just walk for miles. We decided to go to Rosies first up to check out if "Mega Mach" was dry. Ended up just doing one of the warmups there and got super pumped and rested with a hands free bat hang so fun. Mega Mach just looked really mossy, not the best conditions hahaha. Back to “Coneheads” to give reuben the sending belay! Reuben has been suffering from sending block for awhile now after surgery on his elbow. 1st shot of the day was awesome, but I think reuben on sending block on the last hard move hahaha. I had a go next and had to climb that hideous crack first, it was so hard. I managed to get all the moves out but ease except I got very confused at the top haha. I brushed all the holds and put a gigantic tick mark on the hold that Reuben fell off. Time to shine, Reuben. Sendy Send with ease! He was so happy because it was the last time he was going to be out at Nowra for the season and the mental sending block was gone.
We headed back to Sydney and got ready for a celebratory dinner at one of Reubens favourite restaurants. Harts Yard was amazing, why am I starting to love Sydney? Well I like the expensive parts of Syd hahaha. It was sad to leave but a weekend trip never lasts long.
Onto new adventures Rodellar Spain here I come! Yeowwwww…