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Mt Arapiles 23-26 April. “Water. You need water. There’s no water.” Well, not entirely true, but it’s important to create good habits. Or what I like to call ‘best practice’. This was a term Rachel, Katie, Pauline and Troy would hear many times over their introductory weekend at Mt Arapiles. We drove up on Friday night, having carefully packed 5 people’s camping gear, almost...

Arapiles in July.

“Do you think they know what they’re missing out on?” asked Katie. An inordinate pause follows, while Chris ponders the scene. Katie and Chris are aside the stellar traverse pitch of The Bard. Rain clouds loomed that morning, Pete suggested they were crazy but Rob’s radio spoke only of cloud and Chris’ brain had whirred Bard Bard Bard since first light. Titillating up the first...

KIM AND PETE’S (SWEET AS) ADVENTURE MONTH!

Sure, Pete and I have had our fair share of adventure days… but an adventure month? First of all, where to stage such a frivolous romp? And could we organise such an ambitious expedition as we hurtled towards the finishing line of a degree and a PhD? Apparently not, but that didn’t stop us winging it- and having the time of our lives in the South Island of New Zealand. We...

Surprise Bushwalk – The Beeripmo Trail, by Ray

Uni was a pretty long drag with books, boring lectures and tutorials. That's when I came across the ' La Trobe Mountaineering Club' (LUMC). My friends joined it and I followed; thinking that I would just go Kayaking every Tuesday night. The very next week I signed up for a bush walking trip too. Well, it was a 'surprise bushwalk'. We were not told of the destination, until that...

a most gramptacular adventure, by kim.

Like most of my adventures, this particular expedition began in Abbotsford with the allocation of gear from the well equipped (Pete) to the poor and uninformed (me). There was also petting of a surprisingly soft rabbit, but that doesn’t really have much relevance in the grand scheme of this story, nor does it help our mountaineering street cred, so I won’t dwell on her...

Climbing with LUMC

Climbing or the gentle art of falling up at first glance seems to fit nearly into that category of ‘what the f*$k’ or alternatively ‘hey lookie at that fun!!’, depending of course on your level of personal chutzpah (Defined as the quality of a person who can murder both parents then plead for mercy , because their an orphan). Simply put the answer is that climbers are...

Arts Students (Mt Feathertop - September 2008)

Q. What do you get when you have two Arts students with little dedication and little inclination for paid work during winter? A. Mt Feathertop midweek madness Mark had been in Canada for 7 months, and I’d been sitting around the whole time trying to think up exciting things to do instead of what I should have been doing (thesis) when a ripper of a trip came up on the cards....

Grampians 26-30th of September (2008)

What else would a LUMCer do on grand final weekend other than get as far away from the CBD and a television set as possible. I can boast that I did not know the result of this years grand final until the Wednesday after the event. Alex, Pete and Myself walked, scrabbled and at times hauled ourselves to the top of Mount William from Sheep Hills and across the major Mitchell...

Gwinear ski trip August 23-24

Its snow season again! So what else, but a ski trip with Hilary, Steph, Pete, Bonnie (MBOC) and myself headed to St Gwinear for a weekend. We skied Camped in the snow Ate some yummy food Went exploring between the trees Then it was time to head home

Plugging LUMC

Coming to Australia was pretty scary at first - its on the other side of the world and the first time I've ever left home! But getting settled in was pretty easy; we took part in some of the orientation activities La Trobe had to offer. At the Orientation Sports Fair, we signed up on the e-maillist for LUMC. Our first time going to the weekly kayaking sessions was a hit. We...

A Scrub bashing Epic: The Successful Ascent of Mt Latrobe, Wilson Prom

With our previous failed attempt echoing at the back of our minds, we spotted a window of good weather at the Prom, and the decision was made – this time, we were getting to the summit of Mt Latrobe (the highest point of Wilson's Prom). Having learnt our lesson from our previous attempt however, this time we came properly prepared. *cue dramatic music* GARDENING GLOVES! They...

A short drive in the Hindu Kush

Ok, so my recent five week trip to Afghanistan wasn’t an official LUMC outing, but we did see some impressive mountains and white-water, which might interest some of you. The mountains of Afghanistan, the Hindu Kush, are the western extension of the Pamir, Karakoram and Himalaya and rise up to nearly 7,500 m. Areas, such as Nuristan and Badakhshan (where lapis lazuli is mined),...

Freaky climbing on the Moon

Above: Alice leading Hanging Fred Bonnet Spooky shit on the Moon Me and Alice went to Moonarie for a week of sunshine, nice rock and friendship. However before this happened we got completely freaked out. It wasn’t the climbing, which is often sustained, direct and steep, it wasn’t the odd bit of rock that broke off. It wasn’t even having to dig a poo hole every morning. We...

Urban Adventure with the LUMC XTCT

While Victoria’s rivers bulged with drought breaking rain, the LUMC X-Treme Creek Team ticked the Darebin Creek (cough cough, “stormwater drain”). Alex, although not a Cave Clan member, has adopted this local creek/ drain as his own. He frequently suggests trips, checks the gauge on the way to work, posts related comments on the Paddle Australia forum, and undertakes related...

One Van, Two Bikes and “That Hill”

Mikey and I recently had occasion to take our bikes out for a couple of leisurely mountain bike rides. The occasion being that Mikey got his car fixed, mine was on its way, I’d recently got a kick-arse guide of some other LUMCers and we tend to do stuff like that from time to time. After consulting the possibilities we decided to take the VW of Doom out near Yan Yean Reservoir...

Tim and Alice’s offwidth adventures

Me and Alice recently went climbing at Arapiles and the Grampians for a week or so. Whilst we did many challenging and interesting climbs, a few stand out as having that something extra special. One day at Arapiles, we decided to do the classic crack struggle ‘Electra’ (grade 19). I cleverly suggested that we climb it as two pitches instead of one, meaning I could lead the...

East Kiewa

How does one find oneself picking through gear in the club boatshed at 4:30am on a Saturday and then waiting by the ring road for a lift? Who hatches a day of paddling that would be best titled end of semester assignment avoidance scheme? And what is it that lures a crew on uni kids to a 1.5km section of creek in a wet, cold and rocky valley 250+km from home? Well it’s not just...

Arapiles: Easter 2007

Curious to discover what was so addictive about climbing, I decided to join a trip to Arapiles over the Easter break. I was, by all accounts, a beginner. I had never set foot in a climbing gym, let alone tackled any outdoor ascents. In fact, I had avoided climbing in the past. Hardcore climbers with their secret language littered with jargon seemed a bit inaccessible to a...

Paddling the Avon - July 2006

Every now and again the weather shifts from the predominately westerly patterns to that mysterious and magical easterly direction. Typically this upsets the applecart to the extent that it rains a lot in a place with unreliable rainfall at best – deepest, darkest Gippsland. After experiencing moderate success on the Rubicon the weekend before (the rocks were well lubricated) I...

Hotham - July 2006

Emily led six cross country beginners (Robyn, Mikey, Yuta, Anthony, Wade and Alice) to Mt Hotham during the first week of the winter break. We ventured to Mt Loch and Derrick’s hut, virtually the only possible destinations due to lacklustre snow cover. We also enjoyed a couple of short walks around the lodge and playing (and making a nuisance of ourselves) on downhill runs such...

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