Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A giant climbs among us ...

"Hot" Henry Barber is visiting Australia at the moment, giving slide shows all over the country including Thursday, November 15, 2007, at the Bowler's Club in York St, Sydney. Tickets are $15.

The show is presented by the Sydney Rockclimbing Club and Mountain Equipment. Tickets are available at the door on the night.

Not sure who Henry is? Put it this way Rock and Ice magazine listed him among the 10 legends of the sport.

In 1975 Barber came to Australia and climbing was never the same again.

By the time “Hot” Henry he left six weeks later, he had climbed 29 cliffs in six different states and the Australian free climbing grade had been lifted to 23.

His ticks included the first free ascents of Cock Corner, 21, at Frog Buttress, and the Arapiles classics Kachoong, 21, Kama Sutra, 23, including his virtual solo of Thunder Crack, 20.

His first ascents included Insomia, 22, at Frog Buttress, Reaper, 22 at Mt Arapiles and Daedalus, 20, on Hobart’s the Organ Pipes.

More than 30 years later and Henry is still living the climbing life.