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The Rockstars climb with a true Aussie legend!

May 26, 2014

The Perfect Sunday.

Well how can I possibly explain to you how good Sunday was for both Dave and myself.

First let me explain the title of this post……A good friend of mine Peter Gash happen to mention to me that he knew Michael Groom, for those of you who are interested in mountaineering his name will be known to you through books and TV interviews not to mention the famous book by Jon Krakauer – Into Thin Air……  however if you don’t know who Michael is then hang onto your hats and discover a living legend…..take a look at this short video and be prepared to be inspired…..

I’m sure you will all agree it’s not often you have a chance to spend time with guys like Michael so when the chance came up for Me, Dave and honorary Rockstar Pete to climb Mt Barney with Michael we jumped at it.

event_250111452 This photo shows the top half of the 1359 mtr peak and the route shown   by the black line is Logan’s Ridge the line that we climbed on Sunday.

I know what your thinking……did I pee my pants?…..the short answer is yes….many times.

All I can say is thank god that we had an expert guide with us otherwise you may have all seen us on the nightly news being air lifted off the rock face by the rescue chopper.

We used no ropes so it was free climbing all the way and it was awesome to watch someone with the skills like Mike glide up the rock face while we crashed through the scrub and hung on for dear life for the 3hrs and 45 minutes it took us to summit.

Either way we all made it up then it became very clear that we were only half way done…..As our mentor Ed Viesturs aways says “Getting to the top is optional…..Getting down in mandatory” so the decent began…..this is where I stopped peeing my pants and started to poo my pants!…..bloody scarey at times and sliding down on my butt became the norm for the next couple of hours.

A tremendous day all round with perfect weather and awesome company and a fantastic boost to our mental fitness going into the Rainier climb although keep this little fact in the back of your mind…..Mt Barney stands at 4459 feet and Mt Rainer tops out at 14.411 feet a difference of a mere 10.000 feet.

I want to take the opportunity to Thank Pete Gash owner of the wonderful Lady Elliot Island (Check it out its an amazing place) for joining us on the climb and a huge thanks to Michael Groom for the amazing experience, guidance and tips for Rainier…..its a memory we will always treasure and a great story to tell our kids.

Photo’s from the climb will be posted shortly so keep an eye out for them…..

Cheers from Mike & Dave

5 Comments leave one →
  1. ozdrake permalink
    May 26, 2014 2:31 am

    goodonya doggy slip slidin away go matey go luvya ol ma wert ZZXXOO^&*())(*&^&*(*&^

  2. Jan permalink
    May 26, 2014 5:45 am

    What an absolute thrill it must of been for you guys to have met and climbed with a legend. What an incredible human being Michael Groom is. Each journey you take introduces us all to some amazing inspirational people and stories, least of all your own. Thanks.

    • May 26, 2014 7:16 am

      Thanks Jan glad you found Michael inspiring… certainly was a quite a thrill to climb with the man.
      Cheers Mike

  3. Ann lang permalink
    May 26, 2014 6:59 am

    I’m scared just looking at the photo. Glad you had the chance though.

    • May 26, 2014 7:19 am

      Hey Mum, Dam I wasn’t going to show you those photos until you returned from your holiday….no need to worry now as we’re only doing stairs and Polly’s for the next few weeks….no more rock climbing for me this side of Rainier.
      Hope your enjoying Spain and talk soon….Love Mike

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