8a before age 50

After 11 months and 72 attempts over 31 days, my friend JJ O'Brien ticked his project, A Kneebar Too Far (29 or 8a) at Mt Coolum on Sunday. This is his hardest route to date and fulfils his "8a before age 50" challenge he set for himself.

I won't bore you with details of finger injuries and chronic elbow tendonosis overcome, suffice to say that this is a very well deserved send for a very well respected member of the Queensland climbing community. Well done JJ! (And hey, love that shirt!)

"Sometimes it's hard to get my mate Matt to keep an environment conducive to concentration. But that's what tape is for, huh?"