My climbing partner, aka solemate, John works full time. That means our days on the rock are limited to the weekends. Incidentally, that's also when everyone else in the world can get out to climb.
There are so many rock faces in the Blue Mountains which means it is always possible to find an empty one. The popular crags, however, might literally have lines of people waiting to get on the classic routes. Not this past weekend!
It rained all week and also looked like it was very likely to rain as we headed out for the day. A few of the routes were dripping with water. Upper Shipley in Blackheath was practically empty!
Shipley is such a popular place that it feels like we sometimes do all the same routes. I tried out Girly Germs on the Hot Flyer Wall. I highly recommend it. The move by the third bolt stumped me for my first try on lead. I went right back up and sent it clean on top rope. Then I went back to lead it, only to fall once on an easy move just below the bolts. I had a stupid case of overconfidence. Night was closing in, so I will return another day and send it clean. Regardless, it was a fantastic day of climbing. I also love hiking out at dusk. Some of the best colors are highlighted at that time of day.