After we finished the Great Ocean Road we spent one more night on the Southern coast at a free campsite near Portland. We were cooking dinner when this little guy showed up.
In the morning we headed to just West of the Grampian Mountains, to a place called Mount Arapiles. Home to some of the best trad climbing in Australia. We arrived in the early afternoon, and headed up to the nearest crag to give Cathy a sampling of the rock. We climbed 2 routes called Hornpiece and The Dirge.
We ended up spending that first night at the caravan park in Natimuk to charge up the van and fill it with water. We were lucky to get a great sunset over the lake we could see from our van while having dinner.
The next morning we moved over to the Pines campground which is at the base of Mount Arapiles. It is a great spot where most climbers camp and hang out. You can park you car, leave it, and easily walk to all the climbs. We hiked to an area called the Pharos and jumped on the classic climb called Lamplighter. The climb was really good with a bunch of exposure, at an easy grade. The final pitch is a bit crazy with this tight squeeze through this chimney. Here are some pics from the climb.
In the afternoon we headed over to another wall to run up an easy climb called Arachnus Variant. A really fun and easy climb that runs up the Watchtower face. At the summit we were lucky to get some good shots.
The next day we headed over to Tiger Cliff to do the longest route at Mount Arapiles called Syrinx. It is a really cruisy climb, and a lot of fun. We were moving pretty fast on the climb, so we didn’t take too many pictures, but here is one from the summit of Tiger Wall.
After finally finding the descent and getting down from Syrinx we moved left on the wall for one last climb called Kaiser. A great climb with some really interesting moves, and a great way to finish up the day.
We spent the night at the Pines Campground. The next morning we hit the road for the 5 hour drive to Adelaide. We are currently staying with my Uncle and having a great time catching up, doing laundry, replenishing supplies, and obviously blogging! We head out tomorrow for the big push up the center of the country. We are leaving the lush green views of the tropics we started with in the Northeast, and green hillsides of the South coast we just came through to head north into the red desert of the outback.