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.

Library Books
New Library Books

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!

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

Photo by Elly Short
Photo by Elly Short

Wolgan Sheep Roast 2015

As listed in the latest Thrutch the annual (mostly) Rockies sheep roast is on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October. The sheep roast will be the Saturday night. Cost is usually about $20-30 each (less the cost of anything you bring to share). There is plenty of camping space and pit toilets available. For how to get there see http://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/wolgan-valley

As there is so much to do out in the Wolgan beginners/ non-climbers are most welcome – there’s walking, canyoning, sitting around and enjoying the view, looking at the cool history etc. The climbing itself however is not really beginner friendly – It is mostly trad and the sport climbing there … isn’t particulary sporting… tall climbs, messy half way ledge, spaced bolts where they do exist and lots of fun. But – if there are a few beginners they can probably get at least some of the ‘safer’ classics done…

Non members are welcome.

Photo by Elly Short
Photo by Elly Short