Ω Here’s the flick of Gatekeeper V11, among others:
Ω ZacAtak has made the second ascent of Derek Thatcher’s very high and very hard Flock Hill line The Gatekeeper. This is Zac’s third V11 at Flock Hill since relocating to Christchurch from the lowball capital. Interestingly, Hume Roof has been the ‘lowest’ of the three… Hopefully some video from Derek will appear at some point including this ascent.
Check out the ‘Recent Images’ section for photos of the actual climb, rather than the post-match celebrations. Full credit to Zac, who said “Yeah, definitely” when asked if he was pleased not to have fallen off the top. Ω
Ω Sticking with the theme of the last post (ignimbrite), Stuart Kurth has found a way to fill time between World Cups by putting up new problems at Froggatt. His latest addition (Muscle Tribe Of Danger And Excellence) is further evidence that Stoo is becoming more absurdest in his dotage: http://beastkong.com/archives/2118 Ω
Ω Coming to you via Facebook via Motiv via vbouldering.com (which seems to be a members only site), Liam Dickson reports a new area under development. It looks like ignimbrite, so guessing it’s in the Wharepapa region somewhere, out towards Bayleys perhaps. Anyway, he’s got a new V8/9 there called the Power Of Two: http://www.motivstuff.com/archives/1325 Ω
Ω In Greek mythology, Chronos (Ancient Greek: Χρόνος) in pre-Socratic philosophical works is said to be the Personification of Time. His name in Greek means “time” and is alternatively spelled Chronus (Latin spelling) or Khronos.
Chronos was imagined as a god, serpentine in form, with three heads—those of a man, a bull, and a lion. He and his consort, serpentine Ananke (Inevitability), circled the primal world egg in their coils and split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea and sky. He is not to be confused with the Titan Cronus.
He was depicted in Greco-Roman mosaics as a man turning the Zodiac Wheel. Often the figure is named Aeon (Eternal Time), a common alternative name for the god.
Chronos is usually portrayed through an old, wise man with a long, grey beard, such as “Father Time”. Some of the current English words whose etymological root is khronos/chronos include chronology, chronometer, chronic, anachronism, and chronicle.
Fascinating, huh? Maybe. Maybe not.
Nice one Chase Ω
Ω The uber web project is HERE. Forget bleau.info, Derek Thatcher and others have created the ultimate site for (NZ) bouldering nerds: castlehillbasin.co.nz. An interactive resource for (eventually) all things bouldering in the basin. Images, map references and tick lists!! What more could you want??? Ω
Ω Our Aussie-based correspondent, Oliver Miller, has sent us this video link:
Ω Roman Hofmann has climbed the two parts (?) of Never Ending Story, in Magic Wood. Part 1 gets V11 or 12, Part 2 gets V10 or 11 Ω