Aussie Climbing History – Late Dark Ages
Once Australia’s hardest route. Offwidth, hand, with a teetering mantle at the top. Snuck off to “go for a casual walk” – my mates (Ian Hoffstetter – Photo) knew what 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, the boat truly off its moorings… burned in for a lifetime, just as clear 35 years after and worth every moment.
First On-sight Free Solo of The Janicepts – Wirindi, Mt Vic, Blueys – early 1980s
Images: ian Hoffstetter