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Week 1 Heading To Blue Mountains



Our first week climbing was a bit challenging as every day was spent in the rain. It felt great being in an entirely new country, but at the same time we were hiking to the cliffs in the rain, climbing in swampy clouds, and even having to drive through flooded roads. It was a bit of a rough intro. The one thing I have learned while on a trip is that there is no time to waste. If the conditions are better elsewhere and you are in a bad place… MOVE ON! We made the decision to head 10 hours north to the Sydney area and climb in the Blue Mountains.  Land of a million sport routes and easy access.

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I have written a few posts and tried to get them up, but with a bit of less-than-speedy-internet it’s been challenging.  Allow me to get ‘em going now as a little retro-blogging.  Thanks guys.20140428-IMG_8047

The Arrival and Back Story

This is pretty cool because right now I am sitting at the cliff with my computer running a timelaps, writing this blog, and enjoying a ridiculous view at the cliff. For the past 3 weeks (kind of crazy to realize) I have been in Australia. The entirety of this trip will be two months and probably most of the time will be spent in the Blueys (Blue Mountains) and the Gramps (Grampians). These two areas are some of the most famous and well-known spots for someone with my similar interest which are sport climbing and bouldering. It is a total shame however that the North Grampians climbing is closed due to heinous fires. My main goal when booking this trip was to try the Wheel Of Life, which looks like a dream problem/route as I absolutely love sandstone roof climbing. Then there is the infamous Taipan Wall… home of some of the boldest and most beautiful sport routes according to many climbers. Well, that’s closed too… ugh. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how the cookie crumbles and plan B isn’t bad at all. It’s funny because my boy Dave Graham kept claiming that I am psyched the Taipan wall is closed because its” terrifying”. He claimed, “Its so terrifying, but it calls to you and you still want to climb it.” Well, hells-bells… I’m going to have to return I guess…

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Enjoy this little brand video I made for Gregory Mountain Products.  For the weekend warriors out there… I hope this speaks to you.
“Weekends are a time to recoup from the week of work, let all life’s stresses pass away, but may be the only time for the working class to fully live their passion. The time is short, the thrills are big, and the days not enough. Because when the week ends, real life begins.”

Weekends: When Real Life Begins from Gregory Packs on Vimeo.

Hey everyone… Hope the summer is treating you well and you are getting out climbing as much as possible.

Here’s a quick little update on my trip so far out here in Australia… Great times all around and such a cool country to visit and climb in.  It’s been a lot of fun climbing and not taking it to seriously, meaning no large projects or major focuses.  This is the first for me and feels great to be a visitor in such a wild country.  There are PARROTS flying around while we are climbing!!!!

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I just woke up today after 36 hours of straight travel… We are in the GRAMPIANS!!!  Oh man… I am going to drink this coffee, post this lil vid up and head to the cliff!!!!!  Enjoy everyone… it’s just a little spazzy video of my baby Life Of Villains.  Enjoy and thanks so much XYIENCE!