Nowra: Back on the Rock!

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It has been a while since my last post. Indeed, I’m working 54h weekly for Thredbo Ski Resort (the biggest ski resort in Australia) for two reasons:

  • Getting a strong snowboarding level and developing my knowledge about how we operate on ski fields
  • Earning and saving a lot of money.

In this total of 54h weekly, I’m also working 18h a week for a private lodge in exchange of free food and free accommodation at the Silver Brumby. Therefore I don’t have any expenses except the ones after 9:00 pm till late.

As you guess I’m kind of busy but I really enjoy working so much since I have really cool co-workers. My poor Internet bandwidth is another reason why I didn’t post anything for so long.

Therefore I still have one and a half day off each week to enjoy my outdoor lifestyle.nowra-nsw-australia_rock-climbing_worldtour-outdoorexperience_2

The 21st of June, I went with Nic and Antoine (respectively the Manager and a co-worker at the Silver Brumby) to Nowra, a small town belonging to the suburb of Wollongong, South of Sydney. From Thredbo, it’s a 5 hours drive if you take the dirt track shortcut. With these two experienced rock-climbers and Dan (Nic’s friend and an excellent rock-climber too) we spent our weekend exploring different types of rock-climbing routes on beautiful sandstone cliffs.

nowra-nsw-australia_rock-climbing_worldtour-outdoorexperience_5The rock-climbing spots are in the forests along the river that cuts Nowra in two parts. The forest is magical. Once you get in, you will access to the world of Jurassic Park, surrounded by massive gumtrees and ferns. You will feel really small while you walk through. Some spots with the same features are so close to the city, just on the other side of a road, than you wouldn’t believe there is an amazing rock-climbing playground right here if I would tell you!

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There is only one thing I didn’t really enjoy and it’s about the safety. There is too much gap between each clipping point with sometimes almost 5 meters in between. If you’re not confident enough in your feet, you will freak out if you don’t use to lead. I would recommend getting there with a good rock-climber (who usually climbs 6B-7A rock-climbing routes) to build your confidence on a route on top rope before you try to lead it.

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