Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Got a picture published in the latest Rock, it is of Sharik on the Thing at crag x in Sheffield.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lazy Boy!!

I sometimes think i don't do much with my time, but when i sit back on a Sunday arvo i actually do quite alot. The past couple of weeks i've trained, explored, bouldered, climbed routes, tweaked elbows, found new pressing stones, made a list and worked.
Last weekend Brailey/Cossey Excavations went boulder searching down in the pass, some quite inexcessible problems were discovered and landings were created and one day soon we will get back to these hidden gems. More discoveries were made by Phil and myself out at Tarana yesterday. Climbing at the most developed pocketed area we looked around and found some great new problems right in the heart of the area, they weren't sent but are ready for our next vist.
On the way back from Tarana we picked up some more stones for the " backyard of strength".
One is definately a training stone called " The Women's qualifier". The other one is lighter than the Clark and Haviland stones by 5-10 kgs. I managed to press it out above my head so it is now known as the Brailey Stone, and looks to be a great stepping stone for greater challenges.
Training has been going quite well but on Wednesday tweaked my already perma bent right elbow and now have a very limited range of motion. Will rest it from non climbing weight bearing activities this week and try to get my range of motion back.
Submitted my list of songs fot Triple j's hottest 100 today
The Specials - A message to you Rudy
N.W.A - Express yourself
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs Tears
The Clash - The Guns of Brixton
James Brown - The Boss
Sam and Dave - Hold on, i'm comin'
Black Star - Definition
Bill Withers - Ain't no Sunshine
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Now i don't know if these are really the greatest songs ever but i enjoy them.
The possibility of 2 trips to the Gramps in the next couple of months is also exciting and look forward to crushing some southern stone.
To finish i leave you with these words from Robert Troupe (random American strongman).
 To work out with someone who thinks like me is great. The only way to top off a day of stonelifting  is to eat a huge meal.
So there you have it . . . the challange of the stones, the freindship, and the feast. Sounds like a great day to me.
Next Sundy Katherine is having a stall at Mathildas Market at Riverview collage which just happens to be next to Tambourine Bay were there is some bouldering to be had so there is something for everyone in Sydney next weekend.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Ponder

Headed down to Sissy today to boulder with Scoots, Sharik and Chris. Had a good time as always, tough pulling but managed to do a few problems and moves, gotta be happy with that. Went out and bought some new records after, Mos Def's new one "the estatic" is well worth a listen if your into the laid back hip hop thing. 
Anyway onto the main point of this post, i was reading  Milo and in the usual lifting articles  i read this.
"Training hard is a learned skill and like any skill, it becomes better with practice. The more often you train hard the better you become at training hard, and the workouts that seem so difficult at the beginning stages of your training will cause you to laugh at them in the not-to-distant future when you begin to understand how to train hard"
This rang true to me at the stage i feel i'm at in my training at the moment. I think this week should be  good as i now feel i have the "skill" of training hard. 
"The biggest loser" has been going alright the belts been pulled in one hole but as what always seems to happen at the start of any hard training period i eat like a fat guy at burger convention and manage to get a bit leaner but heavier at the same time. Will make a big effort to get my eating right this week, Amanda's diet advice will be kept in my pocket as a reminder of what needs to be done.
One last thing, negativity gives me the shit's, more positive thought's and action's on my path is what's needed, so i am going to "Harness the good and block the bad" from now on!! Just like Happy Gilmore.

Would anyone like maple syrup with this waffle?

Love Dave

Friday, June 12, 2009


Drove out to Lake Oberon with Ben today on the never ending quest for new boulders. A hot tip from Sharik and Google maps had provided great hope for some kind of Mecca but actual inspection revealed that it wasn't going to be. It's best to live by "you'll never know if you never go" in these situations. On the way back we went down to Zig Zag where i had a quick thrash on my project (hard!!) tried to repeat a classic arete and worked out how to do one of the roof problems. All in all a great day.
Photo's were taken by Ben.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tuckered Out.

What a weekend, good food, good training and some bouldering thrown in for fun.
Phil cooked some awesome mussels on Saturday night and we went over to Hooky and Sam's for some venison on Sunday both were great winter feeds.
On Sunday morning i took Phil to the workshop to train with the kettlebells, we both suffered pretty hard, i almost felt like spewing it was brutal but fun. Today i went for a run through the Glen across the bottom of Shipley over the top and out Porters Pass. It was also pretty tough and the climb out of Porters killed me. Took just over an hour will try it again in a few weeks and see if i can improve. 
I have managed to sort out work hours to be 8-12 then 2-6 which means 2 hrs in the middle of the day to train, running will be heaps easier to do in the daylight.
Bouldering wise i went to york with Phil and down to porters with Ben. Nothing was sent but Ben worked on the project at Porters. This is one of the coolest projects around and will be awesome when its done.
Photo of me by Phil.