Loving this captured shot…the GoPro nearly got knocked down the hill and Matt held the swing

Loving this captured shot…the GoPro nearly got knocked down the hill and Matt held the swing

Southern Grampians has some great angles.

Exploring the Southern Grampians….we found this little number. The boulders are amazing around here.

Exploring the Southern Grampians….we found this little number. The boulders are amazing around here.

Homemade parallettes complete….let the training beginning. Note to self - make sure you put them on something rubbery if you have slick floors.

Homemade parallettes complete….let the training beginning. Note to self - make sure you put them on something rubbery if you have slick floors.

“Cold Hands, Cold Hearts” - v9 The Cave of Man Hands, Southern Grampians
We made our first trip to the cave today with temps being a bit hot. There are a couple of good lines once you combat the copious amounts of bird and wallaby poo. With our options being a bit limited at the moment while the Northern Grampians stays closed, I can see us making a couple of trips to polish off these lines. Short walk in - not too reach dependent - burly moves - love it. The topo is a bit hard to follow and the directions in are a bit vague especially without a map. We grabbed gps coordinates to make things a bit easier….

Celebrating my birthday with good company, great Lebanese food and some long weekend exploring for bouldering in the Southern Grampians. The wild fires 🔥 have put our outdoor climbing on hold for the last couple of months but we are determined to find new boulders to set our projects for the season. Looks like the Northern Gramps is going to be shut all year 😟

No rest for Christmas 
House of pain meets baking

No rest for Christmas
House of pain meets baking

anasazi velcro vcs


This is the thing. This was probably the first pair of shoes that I owned when I started to take climbing a bit more seriously. They were tight to break in but once in their prime, were the best shoes since sliced bread or, well, nutella on bread. They weren’t too aggressive but were still precise and sticky as hell. I found the heel too big, always did….even when they were tight but this proved to be a benefit when I needed to fit my little lady heel into major holes. I usually keep an arsenal of shoes with me for different styles and techniques so this filled a gap, for sure. 
Years passed and I had long forgotten about this shoe and only fond memories of their performance resurfaced in my mind.  I had been confused.  Fiveten were busy producing shiny new products that I was beguiled to buy…and I did, not even remembering the contributions this older model made to my climbing progression….until this year when I became reacquainted, certain that I needed to add a flat shoe to my bag of tricks. Man have I been disappointed in what this shoe has become for me. My toes are crammed in a ridiculously painful position, the toe box forces my foot into an even more unnatural place than most aggressive climbing shoes where I spend at least an agonizing 5 minutes after I take them off making crazy pain noises while my toes readjust. I don’t know what has changed but I don’t like it. The heel has always been a question and now the forefoot has been added to the mix. So….is it worth the purchase? hmmmm,…maybe not, there are definitely better models to choose from.

anasazi velcro vcs

This is the thing. This was probably the first pair of shoes that I owned when I started to take climbing a bit more seriously. They were tight to break in but once in their prime, were the best shoes since sliced bread or, well, nutella on bread. They weren’t too aggressive but were still precise and sticky as hell. I found the heel too big, always did….even when they were tight but this proved to be a benefit when I needed to fit my little lady heel into major holes. I usually keep an arsenal of shoes with me for different styles and techniques so this filled a gap, for sure.

Years passed and I had long forgotten about this shoe and only fond memories of their performance resurfaced in my mind.  I had been confused.  Fiveten were busy producing shiny new products that I was beguiled to buy…and I did, not even remembering the contributions this older model made to my climbing progression….until this year when I became reacquainted, certain that I needed to add a flat shoe to my bag of tricks. Man have I been disappointed in what this shoe has become for me. My toes are crammed in a ridiculously painful position, the toe box forces my foot into an even more unnatural place than most aggressive climbing shoes where I spend at least an agonizing 5 minutes after I take them off making crazy pain noises while my toes readjust. I don’t know what has changed but I don’t like it. The heel has always been a question and now the forefoot has been added to the mix. So….is it worth the purchase? hmmmm,…maybe not, there are definitely better models to choose from.