Simon Carter's Onsight Photography https://www.onsight.com.au Where Climbing and Photography Meet Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:59:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Port de Soller https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/08/port-de-soller/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/08/port-de-soller/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:58:25 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20314 Mind blown! Thanks to the Instagram feed of this psyched woman @kerstin_helbach_mallorca and of course what I’d seen elsewhere, I always thought psicobloc in Mallorca looked like so much fun. And, oh my, I’m happy to say that it was! It helped a lot to get shown the best spots and routes by locals, and I’m sure not complaining about a bit of beta when 10m up and way past my comfort zone…. So massive thanks to Kerstin and her husband Armin for sharing their psych and knowledge with us and helping make our time in #Mallorca truly one of the most fun experiences in my life. And of course also thanks to Andrew. This is a spot near Port de Soller on the west coast.
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Porto Di Palma https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/08/porto-di-palma/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/08/porto-di-palma/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:25:30 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20307  

You know how the saying goes, “What happens on Ibiza, stays on Ibiza”, so I will neither confirm or deny anything about that part of the trip… 😋 But now in Mallorca @moniqueforestier is getting high paying homage to the famous psicobloc here.
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Reigning Steel https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/reigning-steel/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/reigning-steel/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:59:36 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20293 A little sports action for your Sunday. And what a stunning day it was in the Blue Mountains today too. Hope you all had fun! This is Elizabeth Chong well into Reigning Steel (26) on the beautiful Ben Trovarto Wall, at Sublime Point, Leura.

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Serpentine https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/serpentine-3/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/serpentine-3/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:28:36 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20289

#tbt #film #throwback to Lynn Hill’s visit to Australia in 2000. Here she is on the epic Serpentine (29) on Taipan Wall, in The Grampians. Shot on assignment for @thenorthface @thenorthface_aunz #NeverStopExploring

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Anxiety https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/anxiety/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/anxiety/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:48:33 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20281

A bit of warm-weather pebble wrestling sounds pretty good at this time of year, don’t you think? This is Chris Beric doing his bit for Queensland tourism on Anxiety (V3), in the Harvey’s Marbles, near Townsville.

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Sir Chris https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/sir-chris/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/07/sir-chris/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:50:22 +0000 https://www.onsight.com.au/?p=20269 It’s funny, I’ve been shooting climbing professionally for about 24 years now and, whilst a lot has changed over the years, job satisfaction comes in unexpected ways. So yes, I admit to being nicely chuffed by an email I just received from this man, I’m pretty sure he won’t mind me sharing it:
“I love your newsletters. Makes me want to jump on a a plane and get climbing!!!!!”
 
This man of course is Sir Chris Bonington. There’s a bit more to why I’m chuffed about this than what you might immediately think. You see, some 37 years ago, back when I was a teenager, in the school library I found two books which I think ended up playing a pretty important role in setting the direction of my life. These books were mountaineering classics, one was The White Spider about the North Face of the Eiger and the other was Everest the Hard Way by, of course, Chris Bonington. After reading these books I knew what I wanted to do and somehow convinced my mother to get an underage me onto an Australian Himalayan ice climbing course at Blue Lake when I was 15, with Lincoln Hall and Tim McCartney-Snape my instructors (if I remember correctly). And the rest, as they say, is history.
 
So you see, I’m pretty happy to be kicking a tiny bit of the inspiration back at Chris after all these years. Thanks Chris.
 
You can also subscribe to my email newsletter on my web site; as well as the pics, it’ll help keep you informed about what is going on.
 
This pic is of Chris some years ago leading Baby Carrots (13), at Mount Boyce in the Blue Mountains. #throwback #tbt

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sexual harassment survey https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/sexual-harassment-survey/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/sexual-harassment-survey/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:58:44 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=19951 This is my daughter Coco Carter with Daila Ojeda and Sasha DiGiulian, sharing beta for Mind Control (8c+), at #Oliana six years ago. Daila and Sasha are awesome role models for my daughter, amazing climbers who have paved the way and helped inspire many other women.

OK, so discussions of sexism and misogyny within the USA climbing community recently exploded on the internet. I don’t mean to specifically comment on that now. But in some of the subsequent discussions that came up I was stunned to hear mention of sexual harassment, and even rape, in a climbing context. It appears these issues are far more serious than anything I’d ever suspected. I’m not alone in wondering about the extent of the problem; and it turns out there has just been a survey conducted in the USA to help determine exactly that. I reached out to the organisers of the study, they mentioned that they had had Australian respondents. That USA study has now closed, but they kindly have set up an Australian specific version of the survey. It is entirely anonymous. The results will be analysed by the American academics behind this, in parallel with the North America focused results.

Please take a moment now to answer the survey –> here. The survey closes this Sunday, July 1.

Thanks everyone. Peace out.

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Back Roads https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/back-roads/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/back-roads/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:51:40 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=19954

Great program on ABC’s Back Roads show last night about Natimuk and Arapiles, featuring some of the people who call the place home and showing how the town is thriving. Lot’s of familiar faces, made me somewhat miss the place. You can check out the Back Roads program on ABC’s catch up TV at iview.abc.net.au
 
This is Gareth Llewellin leading pitch 2 of Anxiety Neurosis (26), with Monique Forestier belaying, on The Bluffs.

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Pleasant Screams https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/pleasant-screams/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/pleasant-screams/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:52:22 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=19947 Sam Edwards in touch with his Pleasant Screams (26) on Mount Wellington, Tasmania. It’s raining and I’m stuck inside so this one’s a #throwback to when we were much younger. How times change, in good ways and bad. Sam now owns an orchid in the Blue Mountains and grows the best apples around here – check out @loganbraeorchard next time you’re in town.
Meanwhile…. some people want to build a cable car up Mount Wellington, inevitably destroying the ambiance of this wild and spectacular place. F%$kers.
#respectthemountain .

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woody https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/woody/ https://www.onsight.com.au/2018/06/woody/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:35:48 +0000 http://www.onsight.com.au/?p=19940 Instagram –

We got a couple of comedians in to punch a massive hole in the garage ceiling and build us a kick arse woody. Oh did I say comedians? I meant “professional builders”, of course. But seriously, good fun having these guys around and thanks again for the awesome job Elmar and Moss. We’re psyched!

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