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

A successful haul! Photo courtesy Michael Combley

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. 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!

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