Took me about an hour to solve the start of this aid climb, ended up with a sling-opposed-hook arrangement that was pretty scary. It did surprise me however when it held a fall as the piece above blew out; ended upside-down just above the ground!
I got to use my home made “rivet hanger” as they are called in the US. There are dynobolts in the wall but the nut and hanger have been nicked. The bolts seem OK so I’ll go back and install permanent hangers.
Fell in love with hexes again as they formed the pro in the back of the off-width as I leapfrogged my two big cams up with the ladders. Ended with a sling over flake and a few hook moves.
Good session in retrospect, hook moves, opposed gear, used my tomahawk for one key move, and quite a few falls as gear blew out of friable granite. It did take me about 5 hours and I’d forgotten my water bottle (practicing big wall dehydration!); wont tell you how high the climb is!
My thinking I was going to die was slightly disrupted by a bunch of uni girls who turned up to do a fashion photo shoot under me and the lady walkers who set up for afternoon tea near-by, all chatting away indifferent to my little crisis
Very happy to get to the top. The climb was a direct version of Stone Cold Bush at Dog Rock, Mt Alexander – opting for the off-width rather than the slab finish. Anyway good training in good weather; I need to get my act together for a trip in spring.