Sophie Prior came to visit.
So did Logan Barber.
The jjobrien climbing and relaxation ranch on Australia's Sunshine Coast hinterland has been graced with a long list of climbing legends and little-knowns.
The staff were excited about the arrival of Logan Barber and gave little thought to his plus-one a Sophie Proir.
Turns out she has talent, grace and presence.
Then for a "rest" day they get stuck into "The Ricoh Destruction Test" 100m 23 (M1)
I have to work that day but I wag a couple of hours and rap in over the fourth pitch.
They ran into some problems on the second pitch and I whipped out the long lens just as they were feeling the joy of getting established at the second hanging belay.
So I spent weeks bolting the longest, hardest route I could conceive of thinking it would draw climbers from everywhere.
The route has probably had about three repeats in over ten years.
A year later I bolted some 14s. That got 'em in.
There's been a couple of hundred metres of hard climbing added since then.
Slabby, columns, run outs, big air below, carrots, it's got it all.
The Ricoh in question failed the 100M drop test by the way. It's mangled body could be seen at the base of the route.
My old Nokia phone got dropped from here at 80M. Recovered the following day.
"You have 3 messages"!!!
Perfect position and poise. You can just make out Logan at the vanishing point.
Late winter is luxurious on the Sunny Coast, beautiful days and wild flowers.
Sophie's home is in the Blue Mountains, a favourite of Aussie climbers but so harsh in winter.
I've been trying to sell this route for a decade.