Hawkesbury Houseboat Climbing Trip Announcement

Smooth water. Orange sandstone. Soak a line while breakfast cooks.

"Which cliff to steer the boat to this morning?"

You may have heard about the last Upskill Climbing trip to Kalymnos in Greece (trip reports here). Well, it rocked, we're back, and we're planning the next one. A little closer to home this time...

The Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney cuts a meandering path through a hell of a lot of beautiful sandstone, much of which is virtually inaccessible, except by boat. It's quite a unique phenomenon: where else is there such a quantity of rock, so close to a major capital city, which is so untouched? So in March 2009, we're going to board a luxury houseboat and spend a week exploring a host of hidden gems which are scattered along the river. Everything will be taken care of, and all you'll need to concentrate on is the climbing.

The climbing itself will be quite varied. Sport climbing, new routing, adventure tradding, bouldering and deep water soloing (see Crafty's pics for a taste) will all be available, based on our collective appetites. And, like all Upskill trips, there'll be a coaching/learning component so you come away with lots of learnings to improve your climbing.

So, if you think you might be keen on coming and want to be notified when the planning is complete and cost is known, send me a quick email -- upskillclimbing AT gmail.com and I'll pop you on the mailing list.


PS: For more pics, check the Hawkesbury River and Central Coast Climbers photo pool on flickr.


Anonymous said...

Ooohhh - I wonder if I can stay unemployed until then!

No doubt some of the locals will be keen to show you around


Pommy Jason

Lee said...

Yeah, I'd love to get some of the local river rats involved =). It's such an interesting and varied area. Really looking forward to this one!

cruxmag_editor said...

Joll's Bridge should be avoided. It looked like rubbish when I hobbled around there the other day. I've gotta get back and finish bolting up that crag on the Pike's property for you....