On holidays in Australia I thought it would be good to climb Sweet Dreams with my significant other in order to show her the merits of a Sydney lifestyle. Sweet Dreams (5 pitches, 17 in the Australian grading system) is a relatively straightforward but exposed multi-pitch climb in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney that Toby and I did together a few months back. It was raining and foggy in Katoomba when we arrived in the morning but the guide said the forecast for the rest of the day was looking good so off we went.
The walk down to the base of the climb from Sublime Point was clouded-out so there were none of the spectacular views. However, there were a few lyre birds – the renowned mimics of the Australian bush – to be seen. By the time we got to the start and roped-up the fog and drizzle was lifting. I had been a little worried about how my girlfriend would find the exposure – she sport climbs regularly but this would be her first multi-pitch climb and experience of the resulting exposure. Any concerns were soon dispelled – she was relaxed enough to return a missed mobile phone call whilst hanging off the third belay station.