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New Blue Mountains Climbing Guide Book

The long-awaited 2015 edition of the Blue Mountains Climbing Guide has arrived!
As always, the new edition is packed with glossy photos and photo-topos, colour-coded crag guides and more new routes than you can poke a nut tool at.  It also has two handy indexes at the back, where you can find routes grouped alphabetically and by grade.
Of special interest to sport climbers heading outdoors for the first time, you can now add The Soft Parade to your sport climbing map, along

10 Dec 2015
Protect your Pulleys with Matt Bulman

By Dr. Matt Bulman, Chiropractor and Staff
Rock climbers put unique strain on their bodies, particularly the fingers.  In fact there are few sports that demand quite as much from these tiny appendages as rock climbing.
Today we’re going to look at finger injuries, particularly pulley injuries - why and how they happen, how to avoid them and what to do if you can’t.
Anatomy: the compromise of a bipedal tool user
Even though your fingers might feel

31 Oct 2015
Harnesses 2/ If the harness fits . . .

Welcome to Part 2 of our harness guide.  If you'd like to start with our first post, you can read it here.  If you already know the difference between a tie-in loop and a haul loop and are ready to find out how to get the perfect fit, read on.
1.  Dress for success
When you go harness shopping, take the pants, short or tights you climb in most often.  It's worth fitting the leg loops with the clothes you'll be wearing.  Before you put the harness on,

15 Oct 2015
Harnesses 101: Know your gear

With so many climbing harnesses on the market and so many different features and styles to get your head around, it can be hard to know where to start.  Tune in over the next few weeks as we take a look at climbing harnesses, their features, how to get the right fit and how to choose the best one for the kind of climbing you want to do.
For starters, here are the basic features of your harness and what they do:
Waist belt:  The waist belt is a padded or

10 Sep 2015
Indoor Skills to Outdoor Thrills

Simon and Monique are back with stories from their Indoor to Outdoor Conversion course with instructor Marty Doolan. . . 
Our climbing weekend started with an early wake up and a road trip from our home in Wollongong up to the Blue Mountains. Our first stop was in Blackheath, our designated meeting point. Here, in a small Blackheath café, we put a face to the familiar voice of our instructor Marty. He had called us a couple days earlier to grab some information about our level of

27 Feb 2015
Meet Simon and Monique

"I’m not sure when we first thought of climbing, but once we entered the welcoming doors of our local climbing gym, it no longer mattered.  We took to climbing like I take to chocolates in the house; we kept coming back for more."
Meet the winners of the Australian Climbing Festival Carabiner Guessing Competition: Monique and Simon!  They've won an Indoor to Outdoor Climbing Course, and over the next 12 months they will be be sharing their journey from indoor climbing bunnies to

6 Feb 2015
Welcome to the Unofficial Blue Mountains Dictionary of Climbing

Ever wondered what the difference is between free climbing and free-soloing?   How about a redpoint and a deadpoint?  Re-bolting vs retro-bolting?  And what on earth is a carrot bolt?
Learn the lingo here.  If you don't find what you need or you don't agree with the definitions, let us know.  We'd love to hear from you.
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Accessory cord
Cord with a diameter of 1-9mm used for anchors, prusiks, slings and other purposes. Climbing accessory cord

30 Oct 2014
Australian Climbing Festival 2014

We're super excited to be launching at the Australian Climbing Festival this weekend.
It's been a long time coming and we can't wait to see what's in store.
While we've been doing our adventure thing non-stop for 30 years, it's great to be back focusing on why we got started in the first place.
See you at the festival!

1 Oct 2014