Happy New Year everyone! Sorry this issue is out late, but the holidays allowed climbing, and therefore conspired against the production of qurank. Then my PC needed repairs, and let's just say that I'll be avoiding Global Computer Group (Brisbane) from now on.
Once again, the almost complete lack of Queensland coverage in the latest issue of Rock (41) validates the presence of qurank.
Shocking weekend weather during November and December 1999 has meant that not a great deal has been happening in SE Queensland in terms of new routes and big adventures. However, a small new area in the Glasshouse Mountains has been developed, and the online guide is available in this issue (see New Routes).
To keep things interesting, there's been some controversy at Frog (see Feature Article), and some consternation about the closure of Coonowrin (see News and Gossip) amongst other bits and pieces. The good thing about producing a publication online is the freedom to let the 'zine evolve over time. To this end, instead of a Featured Route in this issue, we have a featured climber in a new section - Profile.
Personally, I was able to get up to Brooyar over the New Year break for around five days of climbing squeezed in between the wet weather. The trip enabled me to significantly update the Brooyar online guide which will become available with the upcoming total site revamp of The Original Queensland Climbing Reference (should be done within a month or two).
I hope you all were also able to get some climbing in over the break. Let's hope 2000 holds some good stuff for the Queensland climbing scene, including the re-opening of Mt Coonowrin.
|Contents: Lee Skidmore silhouetted against Miss Kandy Kane (15) on the first ascent, Eagle's Nest, Brooyar.||
Above: Unknown climber at work on Stainless Anticlimb (aka The Beerwah Bolt Route) A2, Mt Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains.