• geoffmcooper

A group of 8 ventured into the icy Bell Supercrag and for many this was their first visit to this sport climbing paradise. Temperature with strong wind chill was -2.1 to 1.4 degrees with gusts of 57km/h which was not all that pleasant, but with recent rainy months it was just great to be in the mountains.

We started the day at the Jean Jaures Wall with the popular long climbs Fly Fury (19) and Slip, Snap, Splash (18). The funky corner/arete route The Panadol Factory (18) was a nice climb but very hard to clean and belay on top rope due to the multiple ledges and edges that cause significant rope drag. Den, Anthony and Adrian also cleanly led La Femme Flic (20) which is the standout climb here. All these routes need a 60 metre rope to get back to the ground.

Later we headed to Duck Wall which was better protected from the wind and a nice sunny afternoon. Duck Tits (21) was popular with the group as some of us warmed down on the shorter Gosling (18) and Rabbit Season, Duck Season (16).

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  • Adam Foster

Our venerable sydneyrockies.org.au website which has served us for many years has become increasingly difficult to maintain, and more out of touch with the latest web technologies. We need to manage every aspect of it using outdated technology. Content updates are limited in the types of media and formatting they can include, the site layout cannot be changed without technical know-how, and security is difficult to maintain with out-of-date software. And when there are any issues, they require specialised skills to resolve.


Over the last few months, work has been progressing with migrating all the site’s contents to a managed Wix platform and we are now ready to launch. This site is much more user friendly to update and more flexible in the changes we can make. The underlying platform is fully supported by Wix meaning we don’t need to dive into any technical issues. Additionally, it is cheaper than the previous solution. All this will enable content to be published more easily and frequently, with no special skills needed.


Please have a look around and enjoy the new site. For suggestions and feedback, please use our Contact Us page.



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  • Adam Foster

The Executive Committee for 2021 has been elected on 18 Nov with all nominations received appointed as per the following: President: Ian Ryan Vice President: Jeff Crass Treasurer: Kate Hefferan Business Manager: Andreas Rauch Librarian: Michael Law Club and Social Secretary: Karen Smith Access Officer: Tim Macartney-snape IT Officer: Adam Foster Membership Secretary: Jean Cane Newsletter Editor: Tony Larbalestier

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