Pre world trip
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The journey is creeping closer and it was time for a pre world trip "training mission".. so Nomad Steve and I ditched work and headed to the blue mountains for a week of climbing and Metallica concerts.
We needed to prepare for living like bums for the next year. Blackheath was a good start, there was this ranting nutcase guy from the bush standing near the train station. He had this glorious staff, kinda like the one rahfiki from the lion king carries. He also had no teeth or shoes and was wearing a skirt made of carpet. Real inspirational like.
He was reading the news paper and ranting about Barrack Obama. I snuck my way up next to him and started to joining in with his ranting. He seemed to enjoy my company for a few minutes and offered me some wisdom about this place in the bush where i could find a tree to make a staff just like his. But then he grew suspicious that I was trying to steal his staff and he told me to vamoose, along with some other strange incoherent babbling.
Aside from mixing with the bush locals we did lots of climbing and soloed some bridges with piper. Fairly standard behavior.
We climbed this massive 300m cliff in the middle of nowhere. We had to abseil into this huge gully and once we were in the only way out was to climb. There was no phone reception and luckily for me I nearly got bitten on the face by a brown snake while I was scrambling up this slope in the gully :s that would have messed things up.
The guide book said it would take about 6 hours to climb this route with 2 people. We had 3 people and 4 hours of sunlight left so we got moving at a cracking pace. We got to the last pitch and as I was preparing to climb to the summit.It was a nice warm day and would you believe that within 5 minutes the sun disappeared and it started raining hail! talk about crazy weather. I ignored the hail and slippery, brittle sandstone and finished the lead. We summited in just over 3 hours :D
I think we are ready to show the world what for!