Simon Carter's Onsight Photography http://www.onsight.com.au Where Climbing and Photography Meet Mon, 24 Aug 2015 03:39:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Event Horizonhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/event-horizon/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/event-horizon/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:27:25 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5368 DSC_5051-Edit

Some of the routes at Bell are steep! Monique Forestier cleaning the very cool Event Horizon (27) today. #climbing #BlueMountains @sterlingrope

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Herodhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/herod/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/herod/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:59:44 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5359 Mike Weeks, Herod (E1, 5b), Mother Carey's Kitchen, Pembroke, Wales, UK.

Old Chinese proverb, “No matter how run-out you are, be sure to smell the roses”. Mike Weeks tip-toeing up Herod (E1, 5b), #Pembroke, Wales, UK.

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Gods Forgotten Brotherhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/gods-forgotten-brother/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/gods-forgotten-brother/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:52:46 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5354 DSC_4376-Edit

Good to get away from the computer screen for a bit today… enjoy the glorious weather… and get some pics for the new #BlueMountains guidebook. This is Ben Lane giving Gods Forgotten Brother ** (28) at Bell a good ‘ol thrash. #rockclimbing #goodtimes

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Peel Streethttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/peel-street/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/peel-street/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:31:25 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5351 Stuart Millis, Peel Street (6b+), Soho Crag, Central, Hong Kong.
Stuart Millis strolling up Peel Street (6b+), Soho Crag, Central, Hong Kong. #asyoudo

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9 Degreeshttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/9-degrees/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/9-degrees/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 22:26:48 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5341

Hmmm…well I hope there’s another way to so that problem… cause that’s sure not going work for me! Really fun #session with @moniqueforestier and @angiescarthjohnson at Sydney’s mega new #bouldering #gym @9degreessydney this arvo. Congrats on the new gym guys! #goodtimes #stretch #flexibility

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Wugsterhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/wugster/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/wugster/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:01:56 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5338 0_IMG_1931

Chatham Island is a rarely visited island off a remote part of the Western Australia coast. It’s hard to get to and it’s hard to safely get on and off the island. Chatham happens to be one of just a few specific places in the world that a particular type of fern is found; it grows at about 100m above sea level, on the south side of just a few islands in the area… And so it was many moons ago that I found myself as #photographer on an Australian Geographic mini #expedition to the island, along with scientists and climbers, back in… oh, lets see… I think around 1997. National Park rangers hadn’t visited the island for years and no-one had been able to confirm if the fern was still alive on Chatham. And so we were happy to find plentiful amounts of the fern thereby confirming its continued existence on Chatham. And, being climbers, we were happy to spent the rest of our six days there exploring this rocky outcrop in the middle of nowhere… and climbing some very cool never-to-be-repeated lines. This is Gary Phillips (from WA, not Tas) leading pitch two of his Wugster (19). I also climbed a very cool arete up a pinnacle at about grade 22 which required some bolts… which I removed afterwards, rather than just leaving them there to rust. #goodtimes #tbt

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The Bridge to Total Freedomhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/the-bridge-to-total-freedom/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/the-bridge-to-total-freedom/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:18:51 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5333 DSC_3414-e

Damian Jovanovic attempting pitch seven of The Bridge to Total Freedom, a new mega route in #Bungonia Gorge! I gave the full scoop in my email newsletter yesterday (www.onsight.com.au/subscribe) but in case you missed that… on the weekend Damian and crew completed their epic route which is a fully independent line tackling the entire South Wall of the Gorge and finishing up through the headwall in a stunning position and on some of the most gorgeous rock in the Gorge. The grades of the seven individual pitches log in at 22, 23, 19, 22, 23, 23 and 26. Phew!

Massive shout to Damo and Oliver Story who did most of the heavy lifting on this one, but also Chris Linge, Carl Godfrey and Nick Herrald who helped with the work — not only bolting the thing but cleaning it all the way so that the route might be more enjoyable for others to repeat. While they were at it they also rebolted Jumpmaster (just to the left) and gave it four new pitches to make that a fully independent line now too. Awesome job guys!

#climbing #rockclimbing #RockClimbingDownUnder @sterlingrope @julboeyewear @nikon_australia #mynikonlife @thinktankphoto

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The Go Betweenhttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/the-go-between/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/the-go-between/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:36:07 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5300 SIMON-1-Edit

Yep, that’s me, the rumors are true, I do still climb, even if is for work — in this case a bit of “guidebook research”. Today I learnt that yep, the climb (The Go Between) is still there, it’s still worth two stars, I still wish it was twice as long, the bolts are still there, and the grade is unchanged since last time I did it… Important stuff you see.
But seriously, thanks so much to everyone who has been providing info for the new Bluies guidebook via this form:
http://www.onsight.com.au/bm2015-update

With everyone’s help we are going to make this guidebook a great documentation of Blue Mtns climbing. It’s a massive project. It’s looking like it will be around 380 pages and describe over 3000 routes!
Thanks to @leecujes for this pic!

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Metal Shavingshttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/metal-shavings/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/08/metal-shavings/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:16:10 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5297 DSC_4186-Edit

Funny how the first ascentionists name can be such an informative part of a route description… Here Lee Cujes @leecujes makes the most of today’s crisp conditions to extend himself on Metal Shavings at York Mountain in the #BlueMountains. And the first ascentionist? Steve Bullen, 1984. Hmmm… Given that Steve was one of Australia’s strongest climbers of the 80s (and 90s), was master of thin, and was notorious for not really understanding how strong he was (either that, or not really understanding grades in the way that most people do), it might be best to take the given grade of 26 with a pinch of salt or two for this one… #climbing #rockclimbing @nikon_australia #mynikonlife @thinktankphoto

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Kornatihttp://www.onsight.com.au/2015/07/kornati/ http://www.onsight.com.au/2015/07/kornati/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:30:55 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=5292 716 005 22

A yacht sails under the setting sun, near the fishing village of Vruje, on Kornati Island, #Croatia. This is a #throwback to a crazy deepwater soloing trip involving speed boats, yachts, miles of unclimbed rock and a bunch of rock stars, many moons ago. #dws #deepwatersoloing #film #nofilter #sunset #yacht #sailing #mynikonlife @nikon_australia @thinktankphoto @julboeyewear #tbt

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