Dope on a Rope – (Smokin’ on Sweet-dreams)

Baz climbing Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia

Dope on a Rope, sweet-dreams, you might just be left wondering what has Baz, The Landy, been getting up to.

 Don’t worry, I haven’t taken to peddling anything down a back-alley, but I was climbing today in one of the world’s greatest outdoor playgrounds, the Blue Mountains, which is situated about 100 kilometres to the west of Sydney.

Baz on Belay – Sweet Dreams Climb, Blue Mountains, Australia

And why Dope on a Rope I hear you ask…

Strewth, I must tell you that is how it feels sometimes!

Baz on final pitch – Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia
Baz on final pitch – Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia

 

Baz on final pitch – Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia

And the first section today certainly challenged me.

But I’m pleased to say my skill base continues to improve ahead of my attempt to climb Mt Aspiring in New Zealand’s Southern Alps in just over a month’s time.

Today, I climbed with Rachael from the Australian School of Mountaineering, which is based in Katoomba and it was at her suggestion we climb Sweet-Dreams, situated at Sublime Point near the village of Leura.

Rachael – Leading Climbing

I have to say we had a lot of fun and laughs as we scaled the 110-metre wall in 5 phases; a pitch is the technical term.  We walked into the start of the climb, which is 100 metres above the valley floor, so by the time we reach the top of the climb you are over 200 metres above the ground!

Throughout out the climb we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the Blue Mountains most spectacular rock formation, The Three Sisters, and I have to say, I never get tired of that view…

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia

 Geez, you just wouldn’t want to be dead-for-quid’s!

And by crikey, the temperature was quite warm and whilst we try to keep gear to a minimum on these climbs we had plenty of water with us, but let me tell you, by the time I got to the top my throat was as dry as a pommie’s bath towel…

 Dope on a Rope?

 Sweet-dreams?

 You betcha!

Baz – The Landy

And remember, if all else fails, remain out of control and see what develops

29 thoughts on “Dope on a Rope – (Smokin’ on Sweet-dreams)

  1. mirena lawsuit May 3, 2013 / 8:29 am

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    • Baz - The Landy May 3, 2013 / 10:47 am

      Please feel free to do so, what type of group is it directed towards?

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  2. K2 November 28, 2012 / 2:08 am

    Great photos and write up, Baz! Must admit that some of your fun slang sends me to the Wiki dictionary of Aussie slang – but then, that’s part of the fun of it all. Love the “remain out of control and see what develops” attitude…quite different from “keep calm and carry on!” And, what’s in a name? So glad you chose Mt. Aspiring instead of Mt Awful… K2

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    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks K2…looking forward to Mt Aspiring!

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  3. ladymaggic November 27, 2012 / 5:57 am

    Reblogged this on Sunrise…Travel Talk with Maggi and commented:
    Amazing place…I did not climb the cliff face though, I stayed on the tourist tracks…Looks fantastic. Love this

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  4. Cowboys and Crossbones November 27, 2012 / 5:31 am

    You make me wanna mountain climb and I am not the outdoorsy type (surprised?!).

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    • The Landy November 27, 2012 / 6:08 am

      Well you never know…it is great fun!

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  5. sweetlybalanced November 26, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    These pictures are incredible!! Looks like an amazing time out there!!!

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    • The Landy November 27, 2012 / 6:13 am

      Fantastic, but I’m counting myself very luck today (Tuesday morning)… Since Sunday night I have been suffering some virus and it may have been why I struggled a touch on the first pitch!!!

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      • barbara grandberg November 27, 2012 / 6:49 am

        sending healthy thoughts…even if it is still monday here :}

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  6. Ranger48 November 26, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    Wow! That looks like fun! And as you said a week ago, “… similar places, different parts of the world.” Beautiful country …

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  7. AndrewGills November 26, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    Amazing ! Perhaps I have to add rock climbing trip to Blueys on my trips wish list 🙂

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    • The Landy November 27, 2012 / 6:13 am

      For sure…it is fantastic!

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  8. barbara grandberg November 26, 2012 / 6:09 am

    amazing….thanks for taking me on all of your adventures :}

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    • The Landy November 26, 2012 / 6:15 am

      No problems BG…always a pleasure!

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  9. Amy Christine November 26, 2012 / 1:13 am

    Stunning pictures!!! Absolutely stunning!

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    • The Landy November 26, 2012 / 4:35 am

      It was a great day, a touch hazy, and quite warm, and had a bit of thunder at one stage 2/3 rds of the way up. Fantastic day out!

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    • The Landy November 26, 2012 / 4:34 am

      I been getting worried that pople might start thinking how is Baz funding this big adventure 😉

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  10. APOML November 25, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Excellent

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  11. jocelynko17 November 25, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    geez, louise! Stunning, absolutely stunning. I need to get out to the Blue Mtns, apparently.

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    • The Landy November 25, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      Definitely, that’s for sure… Great place! And I see you’re picking up the lingo in the time since you arrived. Good luck out there…climb-on!

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  12. Sas November 25, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    Wow looks like a fun climb, I think I’d rather second it than lead though!

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    • The Landy November 25, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Sas, had lot’s fun and plenty of laughs!

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