Kuroda Hatsuko (b.1903; pictured abseiling above) married mountaineer, Kuroda Masao: they visited Amagi on their honeymoon in 1923. Soon the Kurodas were tackling sterner stuff. With her husband as climbing partner, Mrs Kuroda notched up first female ascents of Ko-Yari, Tsurugi Yatsu-mine, and Kita-Hodaka’s East Ridge, all destinations that require rock-climbing skills and a head for heights. She parlayed her knowledge of nutritional science into a book on food and gear for…

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CLAUSTRAL CANYON, BLUE MOUNTAINS Australia The largest known area of slot canyons in Australia is in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. They occur in a narrow band of sandstone that runs roughly 30 kilometres (19 mi) from east to west, and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) from south to north. The majority of these canyons are in the Wollemi Wilderness, and are difficult to access. A small number are regularly visited by canyoners on weekends in summer. The Grand Canyon, near Blackheath, has a…

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The biggest achievement for me this year is rock climbing! And I love doing it in my colourful LJ gear! #lornajane #myactiveyear

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