Social climbs go from strength to strength

Our president, Matt, gets to grips with a new bouldering problem. [Photo courtesy A Lishmund]

The T-shirts were out in force on Monday at St Leonards’ for the social climb. If you haven’t got one already – they are disappearing fast so get in touch with us to get your own!

Liam gets stuck into a crack. [Photo courtesy A Lishmund]

We had eight members and one new non-member come along on Monday night where we managed to get a heap of climbing in in a short evening there. More than half the members there were in the club t-shirts making it very easy to locate who was around. It was a great evening all round with plenty of climbing and new partners met. The $15 burgers at Gilroy’s after was an added bonus. Thanks to everyone for coming along!

Martin reaches for the top. [Photo courtesy A Lishmund]
Andrew gets started on a new climb with Martin belaying. [Photo courtesy A Lishmund]

Banff Film Festival Social Evening

Sydney Rockies Members ready for the big event. [Photo Courtesy J Mycroft]
Last night fifteen members of the club headed to the Hayden Orpheum to see the world tour of the Banff Film Festival for 2017. With dinner and drinks at the Barrel Bar and Dining, it was a fantastic way to meet some new faces and catch up with friends before the event.

Seeing some amazing footage of the world, hearing some inspirational stories and learning to always follow your dreams – even when it is as unique as being a flying drummer – was made more special by the amazing setting that is the main theater of the Hayden Orpheum Cinema.

We also had the privilege of being able to be a part of a question and answer session with Paul Pritchard after seeing his inspirational short film ‘Doing it Scared’. Well done to our treasurer Elly for getting the best audience question of the evening!

A special event, and one I hope everyone enjoyed. Keep a look out for more film festival evenings later in the year!

Fascinating Q&A session with the amazing Paul Pritchard was an added bonus to the evening! [Photo Courtesy J Mycroft]

March Social Climb

Silvio (climbing) and Liam (belaying) get stuck into an interesting puzzle. [Photo Courtesy J. Mycroft]
I don’t know about anyone else – but I am loving these social climbs! I think they are showing the club members at their best – with the better climbers getting in and helping those of us that might be struggling with some aspects of the sport. I can, of course, only speak for myself on this one, but having other climbers show an interest in helping your progress is a real confidence boost. I was encouraged to get up some climbs I wouldn’t normally push myself to do – and surprised myself in the process.

Last night we headed to St Leonard’s for a couple of hours climbing and then dinner at Gilroys aftewards for some great food and fantastic conversation.

Next social climb is Wednesday April the 19th and we are back at St Peter’s climbing gym from 6pm. Look out for the Sydney Rockies T-shirts and come and join us for the evening. Non members are always welcome!

Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable evening last night. Hope to see you at the next one!

Joanna
Social Secretary

Successful Clean Up Australia Day Outing

On the fifth of March four intrepid members of the Rockies defied the elements and decided to venture into Rosa Gully for Clean Up Australia Day. The variety of rubbish we found was quite remarkable including a single thong (someone’s got a sore foot), a reusable shopping bag (not sure someone had the right idea there), four cars and multiple plastic bags, bottles and coffee cups.

A successful haul! Photo courtesy Michael Combley

We weren’t able to extract the cars – but we did manage to get seven full bags of rubbish out of the gully. We were very pleased with our haul and rewarded ourselves with fresh muffins. All in all it was a highly successful day out. Keep an eye out for the next issue of Thrutch for a full report of the day.

 

Members enjoy extra discounts at the Mountain Equipment evening

A big thanks to Mountain Equipment for putting on an extra special discount day for us last Thursday. From all accounts there were many members who took advantage of the additional discount to upgrade or stock up before the winter season approaches.

Some members then gathered for a delicious dinner at the Red Oak whilst reviewing their new gear. Keep a look out in the next Thrutch for a full account of the evening!

Social Survey Results

Firstly – a huge thanks to everyone who filled in the social survey. The number of respondents was higher than expected, and it was great to see the enthusiasm contained in the club for these events. I have included a summary of the results below for those who are interested, as well as my thoughts on where we will take it from here.

We will be discussing the results and planning further in February’s club meeting – so if you would like to be involved at all, please do try to come along! All social events (when I get my act together) will go onto the social page and calendar so keep an eye on that in the next month to see events starting to go up!

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SRC Committee 2017

In our November SRC meeting a new committee was voted in. The following people were voted into committee positions:

President: Matt Short
Treasurer: Elly Short
Secretary: Mark Holmes
Membership / Thrutch: Andrew Lishmund
Access: Robert Borotkanics
Business / Library: Kyong Choe
Social: Joanna Mycroft
IT: Matt Short / Silvio Bianchi

We are looking forward to 2017 and what we can bring to the club as the committee. If you would like to get in touch with the committee about anything please use the contact us page.

What’s New!

Hello Rockies! We have some brand new books in our library. Come to the next meeting, 3 Feb, to have a browse and check out.

The Rockies has a large collection of climbing related books, guidebooks, instructional books and DVDs. All SRC members can borrow items from the library for one month at no cost.

The library also contains an archive of SRC records which members can access.

To arrange to borrow something, please contact the Librarian via the Contact Us page.

Clean Up Australia Day 2016

Last year the Rockies ran a clean up of The Wastelands  in Sutherland Shire for Clean Up Australia Day. It was a great success, as we pulled out a very full trailer load of garbage from around the place, mainly from local residents illegally dumping rubbish.
Photo by Elly Short
Crag Cleanup 2015
We will be organising another one again this year on Sunday March 6th however we are hoping to get some suggestions on a good crag to target. If you’d like to enter your favourite (or just a messy) crag in the draw to win a clean up, this is your chance!

Flying Trapeze Social

In September, a few intrepid Rockies members went along to St Peters. Instead of the usual trip to the climbing gym, they went on an adventurous social to Sydney Trapeze School for a 2 hour flying trapeze lesson.

The session started with a quick warm up, and learning how to do a ‘knee hang’ on a static trapeze.  This basically involved hanging upside down from the trapeze bar by your knees, and letting go with your arms. After mastering the right technique on the ground, it was time to climb the giant wobbly ladder and have a go whilst flying through the air. It was a lot of fun, and luckily the Rockies avoided embarrassment by being better at it than the 12 year old girls who were also at the session!

After nailing the swinging knee hang, and dropping onto the giant net, the next ‘trick’ was to turn the knee hang into a back flip! Each person got a few goes at this, with varying levels of success. Then it was time for the grand finale. The final trick was to do a swinging knee hang, and then get caught in the air by one of the trapeze instructors, who was swinging from another trapeze.  Everyone managed the grab successfully, which was a great way to finish off the session.  The lesson was excellent fun, and nobody had to use the stretcher board and neck brace we spotted in the corner of the room!

Photo by Elly Short

For more news about upcoming Rockies social events please keep an eye out for details on our mailing list, Facebook page and the website.