For the last 2 days of our trip we stayed at Arapiles which is a mainly traditional climbing area. Unlike the Grampians, Arapiles is not spread out and the layout in my opinion is very similar to Smith Rocks. The crags are very convenient to get to and we didn’t have to drive 1+ hour to the crags. The campsite “The Pines” was also very nice with tap water and flushing toilets and only $5 Aud a night. However, at night the spiders came out. Australian spiders are deadly and HUGE.
Our friends from the Grampians joined us for our first day. Naturally we headed to the most infamous climb in Arapiles, Kachoong. With our friends pushing us on, the climbs I did that day were the hardest Trad climbs I have ever done. Kachoong is definitely one of the most picturesque and memorable climbs I have ever done; it will be hard to forget this one.
Our last day we spent doing an easy Trad 2 pitch climb. But I got bored with the easy first pitch and decided to do the harder variation. It was fun although M probably didn’t appreciate cleaning the route as much. Then we ended the trip with a little bit of bouldering before we made the 4 hour drive back to Melbourne and into the plane. Perfect timing too as it started to rain when we left Arapiles.
But before we got on the plane , we made sure to have a burger and shower because we hadn’t showered in 4 days.