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Posted February 4th, 2009 - 8:41 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Here you can post & read through any permanent info on bouldering and(rock)climbing etc. in the Melbourne area! I do the first bits & you can add and update stuff!!

Posted February 4th, 2009 - 8:49 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Okay, for climbing there is this useful website for Melbourne & Victoria which can give good infos on spots and climbing halls:

http://www.chockstone.org/

I like to go bouldering in Burnley every now and then - it's a 3 wall spot under a highway bridge close to the city..pretty cool - here is the link:

http://www.chockstone.org/Melbourne/BurnleyGuidebook.pdf

Posted February 4th, 2009 - 9:02 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
...for indoor climbing I can suggest Hardrock - it's pretty central: located in the city Swanston corner Franklin St.
( http://maps.google.com.au/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=hardrock+melbourne&fb=1&split=1&gl=au&cid=0,0,476317049834184983&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image )

Costs are 17$ for a full day - if you borrow shoes or harness its another 6$ for each.

Link here:

http://www.hardrock.com.au/


Posted February 5th, 2009 - 2:05 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
im about to head out to the burnley bouldering site so ill have a look and give yall my thoughts on it when im back

Posted February 6th, 2009 - 1:04 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
and heres the report.

firstly time to go. well i went and got there about 10am, and there was not a single soul there, i stayed for about an hour and a half and two other people turned up for about half an hour, so early weekdays seems to work well.

as a completely new starter, i mean ive done climbing-walls before with groups and ropes, but nothing serious, these walls looked pretty ratty.
theres a few of the grips fallen off, a few loose ones, they look well used.

that was my first impression.

then i looked a little closer, and realised that was only on the flat wall, the one that obviously every joe blog uses, a little like me, and the other two walls, the 30% and 45%er, a lot less used, were in a hell of a lot better condition.

so i thought id have a little warm up on the flat wall, then have a go on the 30%, then maybe if i got good enough have a go on the 45.

well here i am, getting tired and sore already from the warm up, and another bloke turns up, quite obviously a lot more experienced than me.

he goes directly to the 30% wall, so i thinks to myself, ill go watch him for a sec and see if i can learn some things off him.
after watching him go along the wall a few times i realised something to myself, theres no way in hell ill be able to do the 30% wall today, i simply dont have the strength in my arms and hands to do it.

so i went along and back and so on a few more times on the easy wall, and decide to call it a day and rode back home.

so now for the questions, does anyone know, im sure some do so can you help me out, what other things can i do to help build up the strength in my hands and arms to be able to do the 30% and then eventually the 45% walls?

im already doing some push ups and chin ups for a bit of bicep / tricep strength, but what about those muscles between the hand and elbow, whatever theyre called, and finger strength.

anyways, ive a lot of time on my hands at the moment and will be trying to get out there as every day as i can, so if theres other peoples out there that wanna have a bit of moral support while doing some climbing, even maybe someone to spot them while they climb, then get in contact somehow and we can arrange to meet there or whatever.

Posted March 7th, 2009 - 8:43 am from Melbourne, Australia
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