Aussie Climbing History – Late Dark Ages

Once Australia’s hardest route. Offwidth, hand, with a teetering mantle at the top.An obvious test (to climb solo) for a new generation.

A cooler day at Piddington with a few friends – snuck off, to “go for a casual walk” – my mates (Ian Hoffstetter – Photo) knew “something” was up and ran the mile around to the top of the crag – Amen Corner to “spy” (unbeknownst to me) in the moment.

One of my most intense experiences climbing, period – “the boat”, pushed truly off its moorings… the intensity of the experience created a new brain state/perception that lasted for days and longer, the memory “burned in” for a lifetime, just as clear after 35 years. Worth every moment!

Geoff Weigand

First On-sight Free Solo of The Janicepts – Wirindi, Mt Vic, Blueys – early 1980s

Images: ian Hoffstetter