This a quick personal story from Caillan Sainsbury (published with permission) that appeared on Facebook a week ago, and we thought it worth sharing with other climbers, as this IS what climbing means to most of us.
My send of Flake of Fear, V2. Valley of the Giants
I am of mixed heritage including indigenous, climbing is my strongest connection to country. It is an activity which allows me to engage with, learn about and learn from the land. I feel like a part of the landscape when I climb in areas such as Gariwerd. I believe that this is experienced by most who come to these places to climb. At the time of this photo I was living in Halls Gap, I was a Parks Vic employee there, and I loved that I could do amazing work on country, caring for this special mountain range while at work and while recreating. It saddens me that the relationship between the climbing community and land management has eroded to the situation we currently are facing, but I hold great faith that a positive resolution is in the future.
So here I am doing something I love, something beautiful, natural and healthy. All the while being spotted by another PV employee and an ex Grampians climbing guide.
We love this place and what it offers to us, in return let us offer what we can to sustain the health and value of this place into the future.