What the Guidebook Really Means: Blue Mountains

Simon Carters guidebook to the blue mounatins really is quite excellent. His photos, topos and grades are fairly good, and you can almost always find the climb your loooking for. After a couple of years of using his guidebook I’ve began to notice a few pieces of “slang” that might need a better explanation, lest you be sand bagged into a route like Tom Thumb.

Adventurous: Bring a spare pair of pants. You’re gonna need them.

Moves to BR: Thank god! Finally a bolt!

Bring a sling: There’s no real pro, so you’ll have to sling a shrubbery.

Vegetated: This pitch is actually a forest.

Pitch 1, Tom Thumb.









Dirty: It’s less rock and more dirt. A shovel may help in building belays.

Typical Blue Mountains Choss. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_rodd/5642632203/

Chossy: The rock is rotten. Like really rotten. Like it might be the worst quality climbed on rock in the world.

Popular: Bring a book to read in line. Or maybe 3.

Stiff: Easily 3 grades harder than it looks.

Athletic: You better be strong.

Long Approach: leave when it’s dark if you want a full day at the crag. Sporto sport climbers need not apply.

FA Mike Law:  This one could mean one of two things. If the year is before about 1990, you should probably juts go home unless your feeling particulalry stong and bold. But if its after then the route could be protected very well!


2 thoughts on “What the Guidebook Really Means: Blue Mountains

    1. In the Sydney bouldering guide “But Good!” is heavily used.
      As in “hard, sandy, dirty, with a bad landing; but good!”

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