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A Short Walk In The Grampians #10

We start down...a whole different experience from coming up, as I will illustrate next week.

 

The Grampians

A Short Walk In The Grampians #10

We start down...a whole different experience from coming up, as I will illustrate next week.

 

The Grampians

comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2017, 00:17
ça c'est de l'escalade. Je n'aimerais pas trop grimper ainsi.
Ray: Le voyage était un mélange de flânerie et d'escalade, Martine ... un peu de dextérité et de remise en forme est certainement nécessaire.
Oh good luck! As much as I love to climb - Frank always stops me before I do and asks if I know how I'll get down... It's always more difficult!
Ray: It will be fun...you will see!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2017, 06:49
Going up is often the easy part; it's coming down that is always harder, especially if trying t find footholds. Even on a walkable path, my knees will protest.
Ray: Relax and enjoy the trip next week, Alan...you have all weekend to gird your...umh...loins.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:04
I much prefer climbing up, even on paths that are just muddy and not very steep. This looks a bit hairy
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:04
I much prefer climbing up, even on paths that are just muddy and not very steep. This looks a bit hairy
Ray: I think you will enjoy it next week, Lisl.
Une belle grimpette s'annonce ..J'ai hate de voir ça
Bonne journée
Ray: La semaine prochaine, vous trouverez que c'est très amusant, Claudine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:12
It all looks a bit precarious now..
Ray: We have a reliable guide, Chris...relax and enjoy! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:43
We call this climbing - what a great view through the rocks!
Ray: I would say this walk was a bit of strolling, and a bit of climbing, Philine.
Difficult in itself even more so carrying a valuable camera on your back.
Ray: Yes...I always worry about banging the camera/lens on a rock, as I tend to be clumsy in places like this, Martin.
It was certainly a rugged climb!
Ray: It was good fun, and a bit challenging too, Tom.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:33
What a great climb Ray, they look to be enjoying it.
Ray: Yes...all good fun, Chad, and no-one got hurt or even mauled by wild animals.
I can imagine the coming down can be difficult in places like this.
Ray: I can tell you that I become even more of a stumbler when coming down, Brian...I think that is a common thing.

In truth...the Short Walk was somewhat more than a stroll along a well-made path!
I will watch with interest Ray.
Ray: I think you will like it, Bill.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2017, 23:51
Going down can be hairy experiences and the thought triggers memories. One of them is of going down a very steep path (70 degrees?) next to a waterway and already committed I found that the soles of my hiking boots have no grip on wet rocks. Twice I have been involved in descending with people experiencing acrophobia. One was my mother down a 6 meter chain ladder against a sheer rock face and she just froze halfway. Never showed any sign of fear of heights before that. Yes, descending can sometimes be difficult - I think it has something to do with going the same direction as the gravity pull.

The rocks in your pictures are beautiful in their cragginess. What is just as beautiful is how (in the pictures so far) how the half brothers are always quite close to each other.
Ray: My feeling about up v down difficulties is that a couple of things are in play, Louis:

1. Going up is easier as it is easier to get a good view of what's coming...whereas with going down what is beyond the feet is harder to see because it is further away from your eyes as well as partly hidden by your body.

2. Psychologically "up" is a more positive concept than "down".

About the half brothers...Ben treats Mawin just like he is a younger brother, and Mawin is somewhat in awe of Ben as he is big, strong and smart. Ben and Naomi visited us in Thailand just a few weeks ago [4 years after this series], and the relationship was still about the same.
I did some pretty sturdy hikes in AU and even into caves but no real climbing like this. The shot of the bush between rocks with the landscape beyond reminds me of AU though, most surely. We hiked in a field of large round boulders in Tasmania.
Ray: Tasmania, like The Grampians, are favourite places for me, Mary.

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