Gearing down for the ever-steepening headwall finish of the mega-classic "Serpentine" (29), Taipan Wall, Grampians. Malcolm "HB" Matheson had the vision and made the first ascent of this line in 1988, and blew the minds of climbers around the world. I first climbed it in December '92 and came back a couple days later with Malcolm to get these photos. Make sure you do the first pitch. Chris Yeomans on belay. Photo: Malcolm "HB" Matheson.
Above the second crux. Note unclipped crux bolt (blue sling) to reduce drag. Photo: Malcolm "HB" Matheson.
Athol Whimp pushing through the crux of another Matheson classic, Anaconda (28), Taipan Wall, 2011. Tristram Whimp on belay.
At the top of the first pitch of "Archimedes' Principle" (25), Eureka Wall, Grampians, 2004. Photo: Athol Whimp.
Athol putting the finishing touches on "Archimedes' Principle" (25), Eureka Wall, 2004. Rob Lindblade on belay.
Taipan Wall from Hollow Mountain, Grampians, summer 2012.
Grampians campsite sunset, summer 2012.
Looking west from Taipan Wall, Grampians, summer 2012. Mt. Arapiles is on the horizon.
Athol warming up at the awesome Muline Wall, Grampians, summer 2012. The classic "Eye of the Tiger" (30) takes the left side of the "eye," traverses the roof (out of sight) and then charges up the headwall following the chalk line.
Dropping the hammer on the Fisting Party (Invisible Fist / World Party link-up) (27), Taipan Wall, summer 2012. This is classic Taipan – steep, sloping, airy, and a rope-stretcher.
Climbing Daniel-Or-Tiger (30), Sandinista Wall, Mt. Staplyton, Grampians, January '97. An excellent route established by Martin Scheel in 1989.