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.
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!
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!
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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…