/ NEWS: 8c First Ascent in Australia for Robbie Phillips
Highlights include the first ascent of Haggisaurus Rex, 33/8c, at Coolum Cave and a repeat of Tigercat, 33/8c, in the Blue Mountains and Mt Arapiles classics such as Punks in the Gym, 32/8b+, and Lord of The Rings, 31/8b...
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Were there any cool birds in the Coolum Cave, that's what I really want to know.
Now that is some mental looking rock formation, wow.
Yeah I am occasionally prone to delusions that top graded routes look quite do-able. Not this one though - that looks hideously hard! Well done.
Thanks Guys! It wasn't easy for me :P Definitely the best feeling I've had in climbing managing this First Ascent! What a great thing to do at any grade :) Just to be the first to climb a bit of rock hahaha Thank God Lizards don't count, I bet there about 3billion ascents of "Haggisaurus Rex" already
Well done Robbie! Great to have some visitors putting up some new hard routes! Hopefully we looked after you enough for you to come back.
Well done Robbie. How many 8c routes is this now? Any plans for 8c+ or will you continue to consolidate this grade?
Nice one, Robbie! Looks nails.
Well done, Coolum cave is a special place, superb rock and takes no prisoners.
Did you get on Evil wears no pants ? I shot my mate on that back in 2008 did you bump into Cujes or JJ, they basically live there !!
Apparently it's the second largest monolith in Australia. After a few days rain; it forms multiple waterfalls over the east face. The south west aspect is dark, whereas facing west north west it looks no more than rolling hills. It grows a fern that is reported to grow in no other place on earth! Magical place.
Hey Chris, yeah I did meet JJ and Lee :) I have known Lee for years and it was pretty much his inspiring chat that convinced me to go to Coolum! I have been waiting years to visit that cave just from the stories hew told me. JJ was amazing! What a guy, so friendly and enthusiastic about Coolum, it's this I think that makes the place such a nice inviting crag to visit.
And yeah I did do Evil Wears no Pants. Did it on my first day at the crag - such an incredible route! I had some really warped idea that I would try and onsight it... OH MY GOD! It's so hard to onsight at Coolum! I did it 2nd go after figuring out the beta on my very bad onsight attempt haha
Thanks :) I am always striving to push myself but for me it's not solely about the grade... More just getting to climb lots of routes that challenge me. I would like to climb harder grades for sure though and I think 8c+ is certainly on the horizon. I am off to Dolomites soon for something completely different... Multipitch adventures and an attempt at Bellavista. Then October time is Rodellar!!! My hope is that I can go there and climb a lot of routes that I never got to try when I was last there (5 or 6 years ago) because I simply wasn't good enough. That might mean 8c+? or possibly just trying to climb a lot of fun challenging routes :) We will see...
Australians so far are the friendliest bunch I have ever met :) You guys looked after me well enough and I am gonna be back SOON!!!
I tend to climb a grade or two harder on euro limestone compared to out here so why not :p
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