If  you drive out of my hometown, and head south-west for exactly 1,234 kilometres, you will reach Arapiles. Australia’s trad climbing mecca.


If you walk a few hundred metres from your car, you’ll find a route called Agamemnon.


If you look in Simon Carter’s guidebook, you’ll find this classy and sophisticated shot of a climber stemming their way up this awesome chimney called Agamemnon.

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Photo by Simon Carter – Tony Barron, Agamemnon (10), The Atridae, Mount Arapiles, Victoria, Australia.

If you look at that photo, and drink enough beer around a camp fire, you might decide that a photo of one climber is pretty cool, but 2 would be twice as good and three would be better.

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If you have a bunch of people, a bunch of ropes and a bunch of climbing gear, you’ll be able to get a small army to the top of Agamemnon.

If you haven’t really thought everything through, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting on top, debating the best way to dangle six people safely in a chimney, 30m above the ground.

If you figure it out, you’ll feel pretty clever.

If you’re wondering how many people can fit in that chimney, the answer is six.


If he lets go, they all fall down.


Just kidding!  They’re all super safe.

If you go to Arapiles,

Do ridiculous things.

Climb all day.  And sometimes in the night.

Take lots of photos.

Tell me about it.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. That is one of the best ‘day at the crag’ pictures I have ever seen. Brilliant!


  2. AndrewGills says:

    Seriously cool stuff


  3. We had a lot of fun playing around with it. Best of luck with your big wall planning! I’ve been enjoying the posts so far.


  4. srbottch says:

    Are you always secured or could one slip cause a major problem. Your pictures alone are scary. I would have to go back and ‘change my pants’ after getting just a couple of feet off the ground. LOL! Great photos and kudos to all. By the way, there’s a group of climbing fanatics in this area who wait until the rocks are covered in layers of ice and climb all winter. Yikes!


  5. I promise everyone was super safe the whole time. Everyone was hanging from a series of very over-engineered anchor points at the top of the cliff. They all took extra climbing gear down with them, so that they could also attach themselves to the wall while they were waiting around. We’re all crazy, but we’re actually pretty risk averse.

    I’ve only tried ice climbing once.. that’s some scary stuff. I bet the folks near you enjoy some amazing views though.

    Have a great day!

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  6. Gail Rehbein says:

    That’s fantastic! I’m not a climber, and have no plans to be one, but viewing this is seriously enjoyable… from the safety of my desk 🙂 It looks like you had a great time!


  7. Love your humour! Thanks for stopping by my blog – glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. Thank you. Your pictures of those mountains are so spectacular. It’s nice to get a glimpse of that part of the world even while when I’m lazing around on my sofa at home!

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