We park at the Lower Portals Car Park and get going close to 08:30.
It takes us almost an hour to reach Mt Barney Creek. It's flowing nicely after a wet summer.
We rock hope up Mt Barney Creek to Mt Barney waterfall.
Nick tests his rock hoping skills.
A late flowering bottle brush.
Climbing from the creek to the ridge proper is steep. It is a good warm up for what is to come.
We reach the ridge and it only gets steeper. In places it seems impossible to climb and we have to search for the easiest way up. Eagle's ridge is in the background and Tom's Tum (764m).
The view across to Eagle's Ridge and the huge sloping north face of Leaning Peak gives us an immense feeling of space.
We approach the most technical part of the whole traverse - the final pitch up Leaning Peak.
Darren attempts to go his own way again.
Eventually though he has to face the traverse across the pit of death.
We carefuly make our way up the Cliffs of Insanity.
Darren makes sure he doesn't put a foot wrong.
Nick leans into the security of the rock.
Nick starts his first ever abseil over the south east end of Leaning Peak (1137m).
Nick gets the hang of it real quick.
Nick reaches the bottom of the skinny saddle.
Darren abseils off Leaning Peak.
Darren reaches the bottom of the abseil.
The 25m abseil off Leaning Peak is just spectacular. It is an amazing piece of rock. Shear cliffs drop from all sides except the steep ridge we ascended. It is amazing that there is a route up there at all.
Right on queue the weather closes in and we reach the Mt Barney East (1351m) in cloud. Darren misses out on a view from the top yet again!
The explorer shot.
We stop for a short break on the northern flank of Mt Barney East. North Pinnacle is centre left and North East Rock in the centre.