I have never been trendy. When everybody bought those oversized sunnies, I stuck with my wraparounds. I don't have a single tribal tattoo. Except for BWR, I don't boulder outdoors. So while thirty CAWA people went to Margaret River, I picked up Francis and headed off to Bluff Knoll.
On Saturday we did the direct version of Hell Fire Gully called Devil's Nose. Or at least we tried to, but got lost a bit so snatching victory out of the jaws of a stuff-up, we recon we did a new route: Devil's Nose Direct. To us this is the most obvious and fun way up. Stringing some pitches together we did it to the top in seven pitches, as opposed to the usual ten. I put together a description for the approach and a supertopo for the three routes, available for download here. I recon these things deserve a bit of traffic, and the old CAWA guide describing them is 20 years out of print. In the evening we met up with with Mario, Remi, Delphine, Francois and S? and few others for a meal and a chinwag at the Stirling retreat. I ate a whole bar of choklit.
On Sunday it was forecast to be 33C and we were aiming for Mt Trio but due to the heat only made it only as far as the carpark boulders. On the west side of the largest boulder 50m from the car are four 12m high carrot bolted routes which go at gr 19, 21, 20 and 18 from left to right. They were in the shade until midday and we did laps on them for a bit of training. Once rebolted and the many crisp flakes are glued in this spot will be be quite popular. That was enough, back to Perth then. There is a nice quiet cafe at the Woodanilling T junction. The rest of the Stirlings crew for bailed on Sunday morning for West Cape Howe, except for Phillip and Angela who seem to have gone to Bluff Knoll, which would have been fairly miserable in the heat. Top pic: Francis leading crux pitch on HFG. Bottom pic: We took off our oxygen masks on the summit and pulled out the flag. Just for the historical record, Francis reached it first (he is whiter than me).