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Mike Law and Eugene Mak on pitch 9 of the The Camel (20), a 500m (20 pitch) route on Mt Banks in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Buy print.

One last quick newsletter for the year… The images are a little photo essay of Mike Law and Eugene Mak making the first one day ascent of the The Camel (20), a 500m (20 pitch) route they had earlier established in sections with Jeff Crass. It’s on Mt Banks in the Blue Mountains and is one of the longest routes on mainland Australia. Normally it’s extremely hard to get into position to shoot some close in action on a 500m route, but a 50-minute bike ride and 30 minutes hiking along a very convenient half-way ledge, and a short abseil, enabled me to get into a position to shoot the 9th and 10th pitches as Mike and Eugene whizzed by. Obviously this route is a huge outing but if you’re keen to climb it, you can get the beta here on the Sydney Rockclimbing Club web site. Speaking of which, if you are not already a member of the SRC, please consider joining (here), they are doing some great things and with access issues becoming increasingly important they need all the support they can get.

I’ve also got a few other photos this week, some landscapes and from when I was playing with a 600mm f4 loan lens from Nikon (thanks Nikon – just incredible!) and the amazing new Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera which I recently purchased. More about it another time, but the Z6 has straight away become my main camera for shooting climbing and for video it’s a game changer. I’m excited!

OK, last notice, today and tomorrow is your last chance for Christmas orders from our online shop. We are giving free upgrade to Express Post on all orders this week (Australian orders only).

Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

~ Simon

Eugene Mak leading pitch 9 of The Camel (20) during the first one day ascent of this 500m (20 pitch) route on Mt Banks.

Mike Law following pitch 9 of The Camel.

Mike, p9.

Mike and Eugene. Only 11 pitches to go.

Mike launches into pitch 10.

Mike saying something about choss…

Mike, in his element. p10.

Eugene on the job for p10 of The Camel.

The Camel topo. Mt Banks, Blue Mtns.

Sunrise. Looking east from Anvil Rock, Blue Mountains. Buy print.

Morning hues. Dawn, looking east from Anvil Rock, Blue Mountains. Buy print.

Wall Lookdown area, Pierces Pass, Grose Valley, Blue Mountains. Buy print.

From the archive.

Mike Law on pitch 4 (25) of his Red Edge (six pitches, 190m) at Perrys Lookdown, with Mount Banks in the background. Buy print.

Thanks to my sponsors: PranaSterling Rope, La Sportiva and Photo Toolbox.


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