So many projects… Dave Kellermann in 2011 working the moves on The Orange Project. One of the many stunning walls in the Grampians. The line starts to the right of Sophie Vivian’s Perpetual Inhalation, V7, and finishes up the end of that problem. To the right is Mike Kellermann’s scary Mike’s Arete, V3.

Spotter: Mike Kellermann.

Photo: Mikey Forward

Here it is folks, I edited together a couple of bits of footage from 2011-2012 of the Mental Block and the Crimson Cave. The line Mind Over Matter, V8 is one of the best boulder problems in the world.

For the last five years, Mike and Dave Kellermann, Mikey Forward and Sophie Vivian have been developing extensive new bouldering in the Grampians National Park.

This video is a short teaser that focuses on just one of these areas. Unfortunately, the area suffered a severe bushfire in early 2013 which left large regions of the Park closed most of the year. The native flora and fauna is no where near recovered, and out of respect for the bush and at the request of Cliffcare we have been withholding the guide and will continue to do so until the new growth is established, erosion risk is diminished and until the native flora gets a firm hold against exotic species brought in on shoes etc. Please be patient! The Grampians is a huge place and there are hundreds of square kilometres of rock laden landscapes waiting to be climbed!

With most first ascents done between 2009 and 2012, there are over 140 new developed problems with classics ranging from V0 to V12 and with many spectacular V14 projects for the future.

Problems:

Mind Over Matter, V8, Dave Kellermann FA at The Mental Block (safe start*)

Styles That Fade Away, V5, Mike Kellermann FA at The Mental Block

Blood Meridian, V5, Sophie Vivian FA at The Crimson Cave

Pictured in the still at the openeing of the video is A Puzzle About Belief, V12 FA by Dave Kellermann on The Philosopher’s Stone, and “Who Designed The Designer?” project chalked to the right.

* The low start to M.O.M. was done first and is V8+, but it’s about ten times more dangerous and we don’t want to encourage people to do it! (back breaking fall into the chasm at the beginning from the footwall).

Not a great photo, but definitely a great line. Mikey Forward on the first ascent of Kant Touch This, V7 on The Philosopher’s Stone.

Sophie Vivian on the first ascent of The Female Of The Species. The Grampians National Park.

This is The Mental Block.

Dave Kellermann on the first ascent of Hippo Campus, V4, on the incredible Mental Block, a boulder that is about ten times the size of The Citadel (with Ammagamma of course). In 2011, Mike and Dave Kellermann, Sophie Vivian and Mike Forward developed about 140 boulder problems in the sector. We did almost every line on The Mental Block (about 15), including a problem that is one of the best few lines in the country: Mind Over Matter, V8 (see upcoming video). Spotter: Mike Kellermann.

Buandik
The bouldering at Buandik was originally developed by the well-known Natimuk local Gordon Poultney (and friends). Gordon produced a Grampians bouldering guide that covered most of the areas known even today, and this was printed before Klem Loskot and Tony Lamprecht ever came! I hope Gordon won’t mind me putting this short excerpt here. I’ve done so because I think we all too easily forget the hard work done by the people before us and all seem to want to claim credit and glory for “discovery” of “new” boulders and lines.
In 2009, Mike Forward and Dave Kellermann explored Buandik for more potential, and later Mike Kellermann and Tim O’Neill joined the fun. All told, we added about 30 new problems to the area, including one line on the incredible Buandik Super Roof called Music To My Fears (pictured). This problem takes the obvious flake line up a 12 metre long, 70 degree overhung roof and weighs in at about V8. Maybe in 2011 or 2012 Dave Graham and Nalle Hukkataival visited the crag and added a slew of V11-V14 lines, the best known of which is the beautiful Cherry Picking, V13, on the boulder at the popular sport crag The Gallery. Buandik
The bouldering at Buandik was originally developed by the well-known Natimuk local Gordon Poultney (and friends). Gordon produced a Grampians bouldering guide that covered most of the areas known even today, and this was printed before Klem Loskot and Tony Lamprecht ever came! I hope Gordon won’t mind me putting this short excerpt here. I’ve done so because I think we all too easily forget the hard work done by the people before us and all seem to want to claim credit and glory for “discovery” of “new” boulders and lines.
In 2009, Mike Forward and Dave Kellermann explored Buandik for more potential, and later Mike Kellermann and Tim O’Neill joined the fun. All told, we added about 30 new problems to the area, including one line on the incredible Buandik Super Roof called Music To My Fears (pictured). This problem takes the obvious flake line up a 12 metre long, 70 degree overhung roof and weighs in at about V8. Maybe in 2011 or 2012 Dave Graham and Nalle Hukkataival visited the crag and added a slew of V11-V14 lines, the best known of which is the beautiful Cherry Picking, V13, on the boulder at the popular sport crag The Gallery. Buandik
The bouldering at Buandik was originally developed by the well-known Natimuk local Gordon Poultney (and friends). Gordon produced a Grampians bouldering guide that covered most of the areas known even today, and this was printed before Klem Loskot and Tony Lamprecht ever came! I hope Gordon won’t mind me putting this short excerpt here. I’ve done so because I think we all too easily forget the hard work done by the people before us and all seem to want to claim credit and glory for “discovery” of “new” boulders and lines.
In 2009, Mike Forward and Dave Kellermann explored Buandik for more potential, and later Mike Kellermann and Tim O’Neill joined the fun. All told, we added about 30 new problems to the area, including one line on the incredible Buandik Super Roof called Music To My Fears (pictured). This problem takes the obvious flake line up a 12 metre long, 70 degree overhung roof and weighs in at about V8. Maybe in 2011 or 2012 Dave Graham and Nalle Hukkataival visited the crag and added a slew of V11-V14 lines, the best known of which is the beautiful Cherry Picking, V13, on the boulder at the popular sport crag The Gallery.

Buandik

The bouldering at Buandik was originally developed by the well-known Natimuk local Gordon Poultney (and friends). Gordon produced a Grampians bouldering guide that covered most of the areas known even today, and this was printed before Klem Loskot and Tony Lamprecht ever came! I hope Gordon won’t mind me putting this short excerpt here. I’ve done so because I think we all too easily forget the hard work done by the people before us and all seem to want to claim credit and glory for “discovery” of “new” boulders and lines.

In 2009, Mike Forward and Dave Kellermann explored Buandik for more potential, and later Mike Kellermann and Tim O’Neill joined the fun. All told, we added about 30 new problems to the area, including one line on the incredible Buandik Super Roof called Music To My Fears (pictured). This problem takes the obvious flake line up a 12 metre long, 70 degree overhung roof and weighs in at about V8. Maybe in 2011 or 2012 Dave Graham and Nalle Hukkataival visited the crag and added a slew of V11-V14 lines, the best known of which is the beautiful¬†Cherry Picking, V13, on the boulder at the popular sport crag The Gallery.

Who’s gonna do it? Mikey Forward (and in later pics, Mike Kellermann) check out the holds on incredible Grampians rock. This is the King Raoh project, which takes a snaking line up a stunning overhung wall. The grade feels something like V15 into V15 with a rest jug in between. King Roah is at another new crag called The Northern Ruins in the Northern Grampains. It was found by Mike and Dave Kellermann, and developed with the help of Mike Forward. Who’s gonna do it? Mikey Forward (and in later pics, Mike Kellermann) check out the holds on incredible Grampians rock. This is the King Raoh project, which takes a snaking line up a stunning overhung wall. The grade feels something like V15 into V15 with a rest jug in between. King Roah is at another new crag called The Northern Ruins in the Northern Grampains. It was found by Mike and Dave Kellermann, and developed with the help of Mike Forward. Who’s gonna do it? Mikey Forward (and in later pics, Mike Kellermann) check out the holds on incredible Grampians rock. This is the King Raoh project, which takes a snaking line up a stunning overhung wall. The grade feels something like V15 into V15 with a rest jug in between. King Roah is at another new crag called The Northern Ruins in the Northern Grampains. It was found by Mike and Dave Kellermann, and developed with the help of Mike Forward.

Who’s gonna do it? Mikey Forward (and in later pics, Mike Kellermann) check out the holds on incredible Grampians rock. This is the King Raoh project, which takes a snaking line up a stunning overhung wall. The grade feels something like V15 into V15 with a rest jug in between. King Roah is at another new crag called The Northern Ruins in the Northern Grampains. It was found by Mike and Dave Kellermann, and developed with the help of Mike Forward.

Dave Kellermann on the 2011 first ascent of A Puzzle About Belief, V12 in the Grampians National Park. A.P.A.B. takes a straight up line on the incredible Philospher’s Stone: a boulder that rests amongst beautiful Australian bushland. The chalked line to the right is another stellar line cleaned and projected known as Who Designed The Designer?

V5 at 5 months pregnant? somehow I doubt we’ll see V9 at 9 months. Sophie Vivian opens a beautiful new line in the Grampians National Park: Climb Your Gestational Age.

From the vault: One of Sydney’s newest classic lines, Samson, V10.