The last week saw probably the most exceptional pants wearing The Cave has ever seen.
Frey Yule pulled off a stunning hibiscus board pant in blue with a simple lemon chalk bag by Black Diamond and a translucent green denture brush. jjobrienclimbing votes this look: Flawless
Matt Walpole went all out Acid with a wild Psy-Macaw Board Pant, Dippers chalk bag in Acid Fluff with a deep pink plush lining (Aussie made too, that's nice) framed in a Wild Country Syncro (way too many gear loops for practical sport climbing, but the added colour and structure works super, don't you think?)
Model wears: 3/4 Pant - models own design 100% nylon, gusseted climbing pant, tailored in Shenzhen, China for jjobrienclimbing. Shirt - models own design,100% silk, with gold thread brocade, reclaimed Idian Sari fabric. Tailored in Shenzhen for jjobrienclimbing. Glasses - Shanghai Tang HK Croc knock offs - HK street market Location Coolum Cave.
OMG is that international Aussie rock star Lee Cujes?
Let's start with Mrs. Reeve shall we? Here's a beautiful example of the human spirit. First climbing experience: The long, rambling "Caves Route", Grade 4. For our international readers - that does not rate on your scale. It's too easy. Totally freaked, and swore off climbing forever. But something internally had changed. She unlocked her inner steep climber.
Can't get much steeper than that.
"Hung Like a Fruit Bat" 25 Coolum Cave
Let Ruth Reeve be a warning to 'fraidy women everywhere. Find your bravery, and you too could spend a year upside down working a route like this.
Too much with the new "Logo" draws?
The camera has trouble focusing on the climber when they are in frame.
You think I've forgotten Mr Reeve? Hey, I'm not saying he is old, but here's a shot from the 30's of Dave on Hung Like a Fruit Bat.
Here at jjobrienclimbing we've had hundreds of letters from readers asking "When are you going to add some sophistication to your blog". Hey, what was wrong with Big Al? ............. OK, OK, I hear you. So here's Clementine Pradal. She's French, she's stylish and she climbs in pearl earings. Sophisticated enough?
That's Damo in the background, more from him later.
Clem works Coolm Cave's icon 26, "Screaming Insanity". I'm confident the stylish bloggers over at Red Phoenix Style are going to award Clem their highest approval.
What's a nice way to put it? Duncan started climbing a long time ago, and he wasn't a kid. By the time Duncan was dispatching hard routes a lot of todays rock stars were still choking on Leggo. All those years add up to a depth of climbing experience. The Man of Steel graced Coolum Cave for an elegant send of "Spoonman" 28
Duncan regards "Spoonman" 28 as a benchmark route at the grade.
Perfect tension and position.
The "Thank God" horn that marks the end of the crux sequence.
Control and power, and the signature red chalk bag.