For once the weather forecast was good, held and gave three days of cracking climbing. On Saturday the rock was a bit wet due to the ample rainfall on Thursday, but other than that things were as perfect as ever.
I spent Friday making holes into the rock and put up two new routes: Free Willy (18. 35m) about five metres right of Free Burma and Well Stoned (19, 35m), just L of the second pitch of Ian's Lost Chance. On Sunday I put on the wrong shoes and promptly wobbled off the crux of Free Willy for a 6m high jump. Not that it is run out, with 11 bolts.... I changed shoes and re-climbed it, then RP'd the other route. It is fun how Mt Frankland just keeps on giving good climbs, 20 years after it was "found".
It was nice to climb with two very quiet and decent guys - the Kiwi Hamish who lets his climbing do the talking and Jordan, freshly relocated from Sydney and new to granite slabs, who did a great job redpointing my new routes first go! I think everybody did Free Willy, a route with twice as much gear as Free Burma next to it.
Henry and the Brit boys built a nice large fire and we spent the evenings talking about climbing, animals, birds.....Conrad would have been right at home there. Nice weekend. Campsite was only half full, about 14 climbers attended. Kylie made a brave comeback post-childbirth and found Granitarium quite a handful. Jordan and I drove back late on Saturday night as we both had other plans for Monday. In bed just before midninght! Pics here. I updated the Mt Frankland miniguide with the new climbs and some minor corrections.