Thursday, 18 July 2013

Another Day at Frog

An all too familiar scene for those heading to Frog on the weekend
Climbers, as would many people involved in a specialised hobby/sport, have their own language. Whether it's talking about gear, describing a route or simply talking about where they went on the weekend, it is part of what forms a community around an activity. My brother and I have to be careful at family gatherings as we will talk at length about anything climbing related, essentially excluding the rest of the table from the conversation. My Wife, despite not climbing herself, has also been forced to learn the language and these days is also quite fluent.

When answering the question of "what did you do on the weekend?", one response sure to baffle all but the dedicated climber (or climbers spouse...or the occasional bushwalker) is: "We had a great day at Frog on Saturday". Firstly, is Frog a place? If so, where is it and what do you do there?



Frog Buttress is located on Mt. French near Boonah. For bushwalkers it is probably the most uninteresting of the Moogerah Peaks as there aren't any significant walking tracks and it isn't the highest. You can even drive to the top. To climbers though, it holds a whole other meaning. One that keeps them coming back weekend after weekend through Winter and even Summer for the crazier ones. It has some of the best and most accessible crack climbing in the country.

One of a kind crack climbing
Over the last few weeks and months I have been updating some of my photography gear. One main purpose of which was to start trying to take some better photos of climbers and climbing. This purpose has lead me to stick with the Pentax brand for their weather sealed bodies and lenses (in addition to their many other great features) and purchase an 18-135mm lens to try and avoid needing multiple lenses while up the wall. I also purchased a Black Rapid Strap and a small case to keep the camera attached to me at all times.

Anyway, enough words. Here are a selection of my favourites from the last couple of trips. There is still a lot to learn but it was great fun.

Tom climbing Gladiator (18)
Scott seconding Gladiator

Tom leading Conquistador (21)

Conquistador

Conquistador
 And lastly, the other reason I love Frog. Getting into the bush, and observing little guys like this.