NEWS

December 22 2005

Merry Christmas Every-one! For Christmas my family and I are heading down to the Grampians in Victoria where we will stend time with Jaquie Middleton and Emily Butler. We are then going to Arapilies and to have a go at some of the great trad lines there. Then i will be heading down to Tassie to visit climbing friends and have a climb.

December 2005

Just back from Hong Kong where eight young aussie climbers competed at the Asian Youth Championships. What a blast! The atmosphere was really friendly, and the wall a massive 18m open air structure. Thanks so much to Kip and Janet Newing, Jane Hyland and the Petersens for helping us during our stay. Our climbers went really well and came back wanting to make sure that we get together with the climbers from asia as frequently as possible. Thanks also to the Hong Kong Mountaineering Aassociation for putting on such a well run and enjoyable comp. For news and photos of each days climbing go to the front page of the SCA website at

www.sportclimbingaustralia.org.au

November 27 2005

Yesterday The Rick White Foundation was launched by Jane his widow at the Australian Bouldering Championships in Sydney. This was really special as it was one year exactly since Rick, my coach and friend, died of cancer. The Foundation will continue Rick's support for climbers who aim high, whether they be traditional climbers, competition climbers or mountaineers- he saw all these as parts of the incredible world of climbing. Next year will see the awarding of the first Rick White Medal for outstanding achievement in Australian climbing.

The pumpfest format used for the youth categories at the Australian Bouldering Championships was gruelling as usual- after 2 and a half hours you just want to lie down and pass out. Managed my best pumpfest score ever winning the Youth A Female category with Ashleigh Felton close behind in second. Pete my brother came third in the Male B category (thats 14-15 year olds)- great effort as he fell over in the driveway a couple of days before and scrapped his feet really badly. Matt Cochrane came 5th in the top Youth A Male field, and a swag of other Queenslanders performed really well.

This Thursday Pete and I head off to Hong Kong for the Asian Youth Championships- on a big outdoor wall in Kings Park. It is really nice of the Asian Region to invite us to compete.

Thanks to Mountain Designs for the great gear they supply me to climb with. Your support for Australian climbing and climbers is much appreciated.

October 12 2005

Its been a whirlwind of comps for nearly two months now. I was still some way short of being strong in China but had a great time. The highlight was three days climbing at Yangshuo in southern China after the comp. The limestone peaks are just everywhere- we counted up to 100 peaks surrounding us at some crags. Had wonderful support from the guys at China Climb (their website is at www.chinaclimb.com). Really only had a taster of the huge variety of climbs but particularly remember the 2 pitch 50m lead of a new bolted route near Twin Gates. A grade 18 it was incredibly enjoyable but very hot and sweaty climbing. Wine Bottle and Moon Hill were also great crags as long as you could get out of the sun.

The Aussie Difficulty champs at Urban Climb were wonderful. It really showed how well the Queensland group and Urban Climb can organise a big comp event. Congratulations to everyone- it was a three day format and really impressed everyone from interstate who made the trip up. 170 climbers altogether.

The following Friday saw us heading down to Sydney where the Oceania Climbing Championships were being hosted by Sport Climbing Australia and the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym. A really wonderful turnout from the Kiwis and the top Aussies. Peter my brother did really well to clinch 3rd place on both lead and speed climbing whilst I was rapped to breakthrough for my first international level wins, taking out the Youth A Female lead and speed events. Team MD did so well with Thomas Farell (Youth A Male), Samantha Berry (Open A Women), Libby Hall (Youth B Female) and myself (Youth A Female) all winning their lead category. Then Thomas backed up to come second on countback in a top field of Open A Mens (and he cruised it!).

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August 17 2005

Thanks heaps to Phil Box for helping Peter, myself and Matt train at his awesome woody in Toowoomba this Tuesday night. It has to be the best roof climbing in Queensland! Then for a final hitout before leaving for Beijing tomorrow it was off to Urban Climb in Brisbane which opened just for us two hours early. Having the whole gym to ourselves made for a really intense and excellent session of lead climbing. Thanks Adrian.

Off to China this Thursday 18th August with my brother Peter to compete in the World Youth Championships in Beijing August 25-28. For news of how the Aussie team is going keep an eye on the UIAA website or the Sport Climbing Australia at www.sportclimbingaustralia.org.au. There are 24 young Aussies going for it against the best juniors in the world. I'm in the Youth A division and Peter is in Youth B. The Aussies will be much better for having experienced the huge atmosphere at the last youth Worlds in Scotland. I have been pretty sick with a virus recently but am getting back into it and hope to pull out some good climbing when I am there.

After the comp in Beijing we head down to Yangshuo in southern China to climb on the limestone pinnacles there. The people at Chinaclimb.com have been brilliant in helping with our arrangements and we will be hooking up with them there. Then it is back for school exams!!

The Queensland Climbing Championships were held last weekend (13-14 August) at The Gap State High School Leadership Centre. They have a great wall and the route setting was brilliant. Big congratulations to Matt Cochrane, 16 years old and Peter Crane, 15 years old, who took first and second place in the Open A Mens event.

Had a wonderful day (16 July) trad climbing at Frog Buttress. I am very much learning the craft at the moment- today did my goal of leading Iron Mandible a classic Frog trad crack climb. Went with Ross Ferguson who is just brilliant to climb with. Thanks Ross.

Great comps at Rockhampton and the Gold Coast. Next is the Queensland State Difficulty Champs being held at The Gap State High in Brisbane. Come along and compete or spectate. See www.sportclimbingaustralia.org.au for details.

Into Trad

Thanks to Mountain Designs helping out with a great rack of Black Diamond and Mammot gear I've been lots of trad climbing at Frog Buttress recently. It's like starting a whole new sport it is so different! Thanks heaps to everyone who has been showing me what to do- in particular Chris and Celia Thompson, Richard Callif, Chris Trengrove and Phil Box. ... so much to learn! In the school holidays we are heading to south of Canberra and to Bungonia to do lots more trad with Chris and Celia.

How good is Tom Farrell!!

Good mate Tom at 16 years old has done a 31 at Nowra- awesome. Check out his tongue on the front cover of the current edition of Rock magazine.

Great start to the Queensland Social Comp Series

Its really going well with 117 climbers entering the first round of the seven event series. Urban Climb was an awesome venue. Check out the results on the Sport Climbing Australia or Qurank websites.

Australian Youth Team selected for 2005

The first selection event ever for the Australian Youth Team was held on April 15-17 at the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym. There were seven climbs, five on lead over two days. A real challenge ending in routes of genuine international standard. It was a fantastic event with really excellent routes by Saxon Johns. So its is off to Beijing for 24 young Aussie climbers for the Youth Worlds in late August. Peter my brother climbed really well to be one of the Youth B male representatives and I will be going for the Youth A female category with Jess Miller from Tassie ranked second. Congtatulations to everyone who made it into the team and to all the up and coming climbers in the Youth Development Squad. See www.sportclimbingaustralia.org.au for the results soon.

World Champs:

I have just found out I have been selected to represent

Australia at the World Climbing Championships to be

held in Germany in July for both Bouldering and Difficulty

formats. It may not be possible for me to go to Europe this year but we will have some awesome Aussie climbers there including Sam Berry, Alan Pryce and Christina Beddard.

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Australia now has a new peak body for climbing,

Sport Climbing Australia.

For more information go to

www.sportclimbingaustralia.org.au

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Blueys Trip

In January, as part of my training to climb the Totem Pole, a

60m dolerite column off the Tasmanian Peninsula, I met up

with some friends Libby, Chris, Celia along with Dad and my

my brother Pete to do some intense sport and trad routes.

We went to Mt Piddington and Zig Zag where Lib and I learnt

how to place bomber gear. My favorite climb there was a

50m multi-pitch at Zig Zag called Just for Fun. It was an

awesome mixed sport and trad route with some great

overhangs.

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Rick White, my coach, passed away on the 26 th of November

after a determined battle with cancer. He's not only been my

coach, he's also been a mentor, a friend and an inspiration.

For the past 2 years Rick has pushed my mental and physical

limits and given me the drive to perform at my potential. I am

forever grateful for him being a part of my life.  

My family and I send our love to Jane, Rick's wife, and all of

his friends and family who have shared his journey.

For further information go to qurank.com and go to

General Disucssion - Rick White's Legacy.

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The Mountain Designs Bouldering Nationals 2004 was held October 30-31 at 'The Summit' indoor climbing gym at Blacktown, west of Sydney with 100 juniors and 26 Open competitors. Cass won the girls under 16's with 458 points, equaling the best ever pumpfest score for a female junior. Sam Berry won the Open Womens and James Kassay the Open Mens. Great course setting!! Thanks Mountain Designs for your great support of competition climbing. Peter Crane came second in the Boys Under 14.

Early in October Cass won Round 5 of the Open Womens category at the Qld Social Comp Series (held at Urban Climb), becoming overall winner of the 2004 Series with three wins from three appearances.

On the way back from the Worlds Cass spent five days Krabi in Thailand, an awesome place to climb. She led (onsight) two 22's and a bunch of other routes. A fantastic place to climb if you get the chance. Bumped into Dan from Urban Climb while she was there.

World Youth Climbing Championships (Scotland): A special thanks to Mountain Designs for their support of the Australian Youth Team (great team outfits) and for helping Cass get there. Cass reached the finals of the Speed event (Youth B Female age group). She was knocked out by the top specialist speed climber from the USA and eventual winner of the event. Chris Webb  was the only Aussie to make it into a Difficulty (lead) semi-final- a huge achievement. Other best placed Aussies in the Difficulty evbent were Matt Storer (32nd) , Thomas Farrell (34th) and Callam Hyland (43rd) in the Youth A Male category; Libby Hall (28th) and Cass Crane (35th) in Youth B Female; and Jess Miller (40th) in the Youth A Female. There was often only a small difference between many places. No doubt the Aussies will benefit enormously from this experience.

The full results can be found at the British Mountaineering Council website at www.thebmc.co.uk/wyc/  Next year's Youth Worlds will be held in Beijing, China.

The Australian Difficulty Climbing Championships were held on Ausust 28-29 at the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym. There were 200 competitors in the biggest field for a difficulty comp ever in Australia. Cass came second in the Under 16 Female category and 5th in the Open A Womens which was won by Monique Forestier. There was a great turnout from Queensland. Peter Crane came 2nd in U14 Male category. The results will soon be up on the ACGA website at www.austclimbinggyms.com.au