Back in Australia Zac has made numerous first free ascents of old aid lines in the Blue Mountains, many of which remain unrepeated, including Gigantor on the infamously chossy Dog Face. Zac claims that this line was the inspiration for his love of adventure-trad climbing old aid routes, of which Culdasac (31/8b) is another.
He has also bolted and established numerous sport lines up to 33 (8c) in the Blue Mountains, and made the first free ascent of the five-pitch 8b route BAM! with Wiz Finneron in 2016. This is likely Australia’s hardest multi-pitch, with pitches of 31 (8b), 24 (7a+), 28 (7c+), 29 (8a) and 27 (7c).
In 2012 Zac proved his skills were transferable to the big walls when he made a free ascent of Freerider (5.13a) on El Cap in Yosemite, falling only once on the entire route during an easy section of Freeblast. He also team freed Golden Gate (5.13c) with Tobias Wolf over five days.
In 2017 Zac attached crampons for the first time and climbed Supercanaleta on Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, during a 20-hour tent-to-tent push, further proving his ability as an all-round climber.
Zac works in rope access and currently does tree work close to his home in the Blue Mountains. Outside of climbing he enjoys trail running, mountain biking and snowboarding, and loves being out in nature.