Arapiles – day 9
Darn. Let your writing go for two days, and you forget what happened.
Ok. I’m good.
First climb of the day: pitches 2 and 3 of Panzer. I’m partway through an anime called Girls und Panzer, so I kept saying that in my mind when someone said the name of the climb. We actually started off to the right of P2, next to a low cave with ancient, wind blasted animal bones scattered out from its mouth. Sheep? Roo? Something ate it long ago, outside this den. D did some incredibly challenging leading on Panzer – he rates it as one of the climbs of his life. The second pitch started up an outcrop, then onto a polished slab with good protection. Over an odd bulge, skipping the belay cave (rope drag promised to be awful), and D set up a hanging belay below the final pitch, which leads up onto an imposing turret of rock. D pushed through some challenging moves to summit on what he calls the best climb he’s ever done. We climbed down off the back of the pinnacle, walking down to the base of the cliffs.
After that we climbed Bygone and something at the Organ Pipes.
D made heavenly hamburgers while I drove Speedy and Triumphant out to Natimuk Lake to photograph the moody clouds and sunset. There’s more water there than last time, black swans in majestic flocks, and funny running water birds with vertical tails, like leggy chickens.