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By 30 April 2014 No Comments
Andy Kuylaars, Once in a Lifetime, Mt Wellington, Tasmania.
Andy Kuylaars, Once in a Lifetime, Mt Wellington, Tasmania.

Andy Kuylaars climbing. This 60m route really is — Once in a Lifetime (26), Mt Wellington, Tasmania.

The whirl-wind of travel and photography continues as I’m working on my Australian climbing book. In the last few weeks I finished off my Tasmania trip at Mt Wellington and since have been shooting in the Blue Mountains, Bungonia Gorge, near Canberra, Nowra and at Point Perpendicular.

Not that any was needed, it has been a great reminder that we have lots of really awesome climbing in Australia and, best of all, there are many super-psyched, positive and generous climbers here. I love my work and feel very honored to get to hang out with such positive and inspirational people. Thanks so much to everyone who has been helping out of late — your support has been fantastic!

I want to produce this book this year and so the next few months will be busy. I’m packing my bags again and am off again tomorrow. Until next time, here is a brief sneak preview of some shots from the last few weeks.

Andy Kuylaars helping set up for a shoot on Mt Wellington, Tasmania.

Andy Kuylaars helping set up for a shoot on Mt Wellington, Tasmania.

Going down... James Alexander heading in to Bungonia Gorge for a long belay stint.

Exposed… James Alexander heading in to Bungonia Gorge for a belay stint.

Kumari Barri working the 6th (and crux) pitch of Flaming Galah (31), Bungonia Gorge, NSW.

Kumari Barri working the 6th (and crux) pitch of Flaming Galah (31), Bungonia Gorge, NSW.

Chris Warner, Spliff Odyssey (23) at Lost Vegas -- a great new little crag near Canberra.

Chris Warner, Spliff Odyssey (23) at Lost Vegas — a great little new crag near Canberra.

Nicky Dyal on Janicepts (21), Mt Piddington, Blue Mtns. Australia's first grade 21 route -- and still a test-piece!

Nicky Dyal on The Janicepts (21), Mt Piddington, Blue Mtns. Australia’s first grade 21 route — and still a test-piece!

Louise Clifton, Language of Desire (24), Shipley Upper, Blue Mtns.

Louise Clifton, Language of Desire (24), Shipley Upper, Blue Mtns.

Matt Neville, pitch 3 of Whimper (19), a latter-day classic 5 pitcher at Sublime Point, Blue Mtns.

Matt Neville, pitch 3 of Whimper (19), a latter-day classic 5 pitcher at Sublime Point, Blue Mtns.

Jack Folkes falling 10m from his DWS project on the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra.

Jack Folkes falling 10m from his DWS project on the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra.

That's going to hurt from 10m up, and it did! Climber is Yianni Barthelmess. His left hand popped and he spiraled off...

That’s going to hurt from 10m up, and it did! Climber is Yianni Barthelmess. His left hand popped and he spiraled off… Same DWS project as above.

And autumn has hit the Blue Mtns. I wish it would last forever...

Someone is happy! Autumn has hit the Blue Mtns. I wish it would last forever…

And I’ve just added a gallery to my web site on Les Calanques, which is a beautiful area overlooking the Mediterranean in France. Holiday anyone? See the gallery –> here.

Nadine Rousselot leading pitch 9 (yes 9!) of La Commune (6b) at Les Calanques, France. The route starts from the rocky "beach" in the background.

Nadine Rousselot leading pitch 9 (yes 9!) of La Commune (6b) at Les Calanques, France. The route starts from the rocky “beach” in the background.

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More soon.

~ Simon

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