Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tracey Hua - The Wool and Voodoo Vibe Shoot

The Shoot
Brief: Photograph the i/o merino Crop Top in pure merino wool
Location: Mt. Ninderry - Sunshine Coast Queensland
Model: Tracey Hua
The Route: Nitroglycerin 25, a deceptively steep crimp ladder with a balancey heart breaker to finish.

Tracey wears Crop Top from i/o merino. Shop it here at:

It struck the photographic location team at jjobrienclimbing that Nitro and Tracey would be the perfect collision of route and climber for the brief.
The shoot was fresh of the tail off her Red River Gorge USA trip, and she has returned stronger than ever.
Thanks to Henk Morgans for rope tech support.

Who's that girl?

Brizzy girl, Tracey's exotic looks come from her Chinese/Vietnamese family. You'd think that would be enough to be taken seriously as an Asian. She's always trying, but her friends only seem to see her Aussieness. What does an Asian have to do in this country to get recognition? She says she likes Asian food. We all like that. What else have you got?

She also claims to be a Tom Boy, but that's not flying either.

 Graceful? Maybe. By her own admission, she's clumsy on the ground and "falls over". 
                                     A girl of contradictions.

Beyond the brief: Get in a plug for jjobriens' own "dangerously dark" jewellery design. 
Model wears: "They only come out at night" necklace.
Obsidian and pyrite skulls and crosses, lava stone and dyed turquoise

From the Red Phoenix website:
Guest designer JJ O'Brien has added some dangerously dark pieces to the Skulls and Crosses collection for primitive man and voodoo girls!
They Only Come Out At Night features a Pyrite skull and glossy Obsidian cross with matte black Lava stone and matte black Obsidian skulls. There are five different coloured feature skulls to choose from green, red, orange, bleached or blue turquoise.

  • Tracey Hua for Red Phoenix Emporium.


    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Noosa with Nate Foster

    Location: Boiling Pot - Noosa National Park
    Model: Nate Foster
    Photos: jjobrienclimbing

    I was thinking about Boiling Pot recently. Gritty short cliffs over sensuous worn stones, washed by the sea. I used to climb there when I first started. The place has been photographed to bits in every Noosa coffee table type book but I think there's potential for good bouldering photography. 
    Here's what Nate and I came up with.

    I think a million people or more visit Noosa National Park every year. There's a constant stream of families with boogie boards and towels colliding with each other on the path, as they migrate from carpark to beach to next beach and back.
    Only one or two people visit for the climbing, but the bouldering is quite good and there's trad routes to be had at the southern end of the park.
    Being neither a boulderer nor a traddie I only add to the million every few years.


    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Photos of Bochere Rand

    Getting to the top of the popular posts ladder on jjobrienclimbing has never been easy.
    I can't do it.
    The 4 girls from Urban Climb Gym dubbed Urban Girls clipped that anchor and never lowered off.

    A couple of years later jjobrien lined up Bochere Rand for a follow up post.

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    Climbers, you know I'm a sucker for a flaming redhead