Long weekend in Grampians and Arapiles

We put our paddles away this long weekend, in favor of our climbing harnesses. It’s been a while since we dusted off our gear and headed outdoors, but we did try to hit the gym this past month to get back into climbing shape… or some semblance of it at least.

Rose, Jeff and I hit up Grampians first on Sunday, where we managed several short hikes, including to the beautiful Pinnacles lookout and MacKenzie Falls.

We stopped by the picturesque MacKenzie Falls.

Our main attraction for the weekend though, was Arapiles, Australia’s climbing mecca. We hired a guide, Anthony, who brought us up 6 pitches of Kaiser and Resignation. Super beautiful quartzite climbs.

It was mostly overcast, with periods of intense sunshine that burst through the clouds. We did get rained on for short minutes a few times throughout the course of the day, but the fast moving clouds only lent to the beauty of the landscape. Check out those vivid canola fields in the distance!

 

At least the rain is no longer on us – Arapiles

We enjoyed a light lunch after pitch four of our climb, amongst the bright yellow crinkly Everlast flowers.

And when we finally reached the top of pitch 6, it was to the view of 6 different highlines strung across the valley. This was maybe a 300m highline – man!

Highline goals – Arapiles

Check out the views from the top of Arapiles – and the insane highlines! We’d chanced upon the annual slackline festival in Arapiles, apparently. Here’s a link from the 2016 gathering.

And before we headed back to sunny and warm Sydney, Rose and I managed one sunrise adventure in search of canola fields.

Foggy sunrise

 

Sunrise over the canola fields

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