Madie and meee
I’d strained a tendon in my arm so hadn’t climbed for ages but with 99.99% of canyons closed due to the devastating bush fires that are raging across the country I was going a bit stir crazy.
I text The Mad One to see what she was up to over new years.
Want to go climbing now?
It’s like 6pm Monday afternoon. Sure
There’s an easy climb at Mt Boyce that I use to really enjoy that she hadn’t done yet so we decide to go give it a crack.
A quick look at the guide. You need bolt plates she says.
I have plates.
We meet at the car park. a quick check of the guide and we drive around to the new car park…. It’d been 20+ years since I’d climbed this one.
So we abseil in, and leave a rope in place. Good call
and head around to the start of the climb.
I can’t see many bolts, says she
I remember it being run out, say I
And up she goes to clip the first bolt 6 or 7 meters off the ground.
Um, Flynny. I can’t see any bolts above me.
I lock her off while she pulls out her phone to check the online guide .
Um this is a mixed route….
We didn’t pack any trad gear. Ooops
A delicate retreat was made and by the time we ascend our abseil line it’s dark… Bugger! shall we try something again tomorrow?
It’s New Years Eve and we skived off work early to see if we could find somewhere open.
Pulling into the car park we step out of the car… holy crap it’s hot.
Wanna do a quick run through Empress to cool off first?
Changing plans is what we do the best
Back in the car and out to the conservation hut
Back at the car we check online to see what crags are open then head off for the classic Sweet Dreams. A climb I’ve never done before
I totally sooked it and “let” Madie lead every pitch but I thoroughly enjoyed the climb,
Cheers 2019. you have been eventful.
Here’s to 2020