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Grade Route Gear style Crag Quality Climber Date
Sun 13th Aug 2006 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Mount Banks
24 R Friends Don’t Let Friends Place Friends

Mikl bolted and cleaned the top pitch and I led it, and I cleaned and bolted his lower pitch! A bit of pre-placed (bad!) gear was placed on rap (thus the route name). It was a fun day out. This was my first new route in the Bluies.

- with Michael Law, Hannah Lockie
Trad 100m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 13th Aug 2006
Sun 12th Aug 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Bald Head Serendipitous Walls
24 The Breakdancing Bee

The rock quality was pretty average on the lower half of this route, but the climbing was rad. Looks really intimidating and blank from below but there are holds aplenty. Felt soft at 24 in today's superb conditions.

Sport 30m, 14 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 12th Aug 2018
22 Super Commuter

Super cool long route with a tricky bouldery opening section then jugs for miles until final dramatic roof and crimpy wall.

- with Will Vidler, Harry Kadi
Sport 33m, 14 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 12th Aug 2018
23 Fastest Gun in the West

Amazing scoop that is fairly unrelenting but never very hard. Just takes a lot of concentration to not botch the final moves. One of my best new routes in ages. Could even argue this is grade 22 if the holds are chalked up.

- with Will Vidler, Harry Kadi
Sport 39m, 16 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 12th Aug 2018
Sun 5th Aug 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Bald Head Serendipitous Walls
23 Pocket Rock It

Sweet long route that was less pumpy than the 22 but a touch harder down low. This whole wall is ace!

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 32m, 14 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 5th Aug 2018
22 Thickening Agent

Yep brilliant. Like a long RRG route but with much better views. Give me routes like this in heaven please.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 32m, 14 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 5th Aug 2018
21 Purkinje Arette

Never have I worked so hard on an "exit route". Really long involved pitches, but the rock quality is mostly grey gritty stuff. Both Paul and I were wearing tight technical shoes and were crying with pain by the end of the day.

- with Paul Thomson
1 20 75m lead by Neil Monteith
2 21 lead by Neil Monteith
Sport 75m, 34 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 5th Aug 2018
23 Red Bellied

2nd shot. Really quite unlikely orange face seam crack thing. Very different to all the other sport routes here. Felt more old school and technical. Super sustained until the very end. Several moves felt very reachy - tippy toes and finger tips!

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 28m Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 5th Aug 2018
Wed 1st Aug 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Hat Hill Crag
Hatters Gonna Hate - Closed Project

The start of this is really quite unpleasant - but once on the headwall it's so so good. Mega pumper on sweet orange pockets and rounded jugs.

- with Will Vidler
Sport 25m, 11 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Wed 1st Aug 2018
22 Crackadoo!

Such a nice handcrack corner - it's only grade 16 but would be awesome if it went for miles.

- with Will Vidler
Mixed 18m, 6 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 1st Aug 2018
20 Dinosaur Train

I really quite liked this little route. Two finger pocket move is fun in the sun.

- with Will Vidler
Sport 13m, 5 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Wed 1st Aug 2018
22 Yucadoo!

Kind of like a trad route but without a crack. Corners, laybacks and steepness. I thought this was going to be harder.

- with Will Vidler
Sport 20m, 11 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 1st Aug 2018
Wed 25th Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend Adventure Wall
16 Romario

Lovely featured rock.

Trad 17m Kalbarri Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 25th Jul 2018
19 Peanutbutter and Jam

Nigel no friends ascent

Trad 17m Kalbarri Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 25th Jul 2018
Wed 25th Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend The Pit
22 Rattler

Novelty climbing par excellence! Nice rock and moves. Bolting was plain wierd - the first bolt is halfway up the cliff, then the next 3 are a metre apart. Could really do with a belay bolt on the ledge at minimum.

Sport 15m, 3 Kalbarri Good Neil Monteith
Wed 25th Jul 2018
Wed 25th Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend The Promenade
25 Super Funky

1 shot only. Clean to last bolt then a few goes to do the last move. The crux on this felt a lot more 'positive' and in control then the mess i made of the 25 to the left. Not sure why this routes first bolt is so high?

Sport 15m Kalbarri Classic Neil Monteith
Wed 25th Jul 2018
Tue 24th Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend The Promenade
24 It's A Boy

So steep and fun. The last section humping the black slick blob was memorable!

Sport 20m Kalbarri Classic Neil Monteith
Tue 24th Jul 2018
25 She Magic

Fun jugging to real bouldering move to finish. My mind said dropknee but bung knee said no.

Sport 15m, 5 Kalbarri Classic Neil Monteith
Tue 24th Jul 2018
Tue 24th Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend Adventure Wall
21 Wee Trip On The Trad Side

The ol reliable Mr Traxian never lets me down. What a belayer he is.

Trad 15m Kalbarri Very Good Neil Monteith
Tue 24th Jul 2018
Mon 23rd Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend The Promenade
23 Heavy Petting

Incredibly steep and juggy. Silly single cam between bolts 1 and 2 still felt sketch to place. I did this clean twice (once on lead, and once on TR to clean).

Sport 18m, 4 Kalbarri Very Good Neil Monteith
Mon 23rd Jul 2018
Mon 23rd Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend The Pit
23 Crankshaft

Pretty seeping but pretty classic! Super nice rock and holds. Crux came out of nowhere (lots of chalk doesnt mean big jugs!).

Sport 18m Kalbarri Classic Neil Monteith
Mon 23rd Jul 2018
Mon 23rd Jul 2018 - Kalbarri
The Z Bend Bison Wall
23 Thrutchin' The Bison

Saddle up cowboy! Fun pumpness. Silly spinning hangers.

Sport 20m, 5 Kalbarri Very Good Neil Monteith
Mon 23rd Jul 2018
Tue 17th Jul 2018 - Nowra
Bomaderry Creek The Mushroom Souwest Side
22 Mushaboom

Slick cool rock. A bit short to be a classic.

Sport 10m, 5 Nowra Very Good Neil Monteith
Tue 17th Jul 2018
22 Dougie Bag Sport 10m, 5 Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Tue 17th Jul 2018
20 Soldier Boy Sport 10m, 4 Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Tue 17th Jul 2018
Tue 17th Jul 2018 - Nowra
Bomaderry Creek The Mushroom Noreast Side
22 Freewalker

Long pumpy roofy heel hooks

Sport 15m, 6 Nowra Very Good Neil Monteith
Tue 17th Jul 2018
Sun 15th Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Ikara, Victorialand, Odin Head, Thor Head Ikara Head
18 Reincarnation

Excellent well protected and sustained crackline. The only downside is the lack of an anchor. Guide says traverse off to Jezebel's first anchor - don't do what I did and mantle out onto the super nasty shale ledge! Instead, traverse left along horizontal break 2m BELOW the ledge and DOwNcLiMB to Jezebel's hidden anchor. I ended up crawling right along shale ledge to anchors on Blast Off as the mantle was irreversible. Would be an absolute trade route with an anchor at the top of the crack below the shale ledge.

Trad 30m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 15th Jul 2018
22 Jezebel

P1 - clean on 2nd. Really enjoyed this pitch. Felt like a wierd Moonarie old school line - polished rock. P2 - speed french free ascent on 2nd to beat the setting sun. Incredible waterwashed rock and burly climbing. Unique in every way. So much better/harder than it looks from below. The tree you rap off is highly dubious.

- with Paul Thomson
Trad 100m Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 15th Jul 2018
Sat 14th Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Golliwog Wall
23 Alliterating Austrian Ostrich

After the log snapped off when I was standing on it (!) it didn't bode well for the ascent. I struggled on the slab crux reachy section with a few falls - the rest was reasonably straight forward but pumpy (great finish). I ddn't really enjoy the flow of this route - a lot of moves kind of felt awkward or something. Will try again for the redpoint though when don't have toddler in tow. Good fitness route!

Sport 30m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 14th Jul 2018
23 Golliwog Grades

Not sure how legit my tick was. On the flash clipped anchors with a draw on from the desperate little undercling. The holds past this seemed uber minging (no obvious finish jug). I tried and tried this sequence for about 15 minutes and never got further than the undercling. Really nice 23 apart from that.

- with vanessa fang
Sport 25m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 14th Jul 2018
Sat 14th Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper War Babies Wall
21 Do Androids Care

I guess its better than it looks but it eases off fairly quickly.

Sport 15m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 14th Jul 2018
Sat 14th Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Grey Slab
19 Country Special

I can see why this isn't popular. Nice top half - bold bottom half.

Sport 18m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 14th Jul 2018
Sat 7th Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Big Top
21 Blind Fate

Short and sweet. Would be killer if it was twice the height. Has some genuine limestone crozzly in the bottom half.

Sport 8m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 7th Jul 2018
17 Once You Bolt Crack You Never Go Back

The approach to Big Top is quite hideous with a 3 year old. I think it took us an hour. This route is quite cool - nice feature but a bit short and the bolts next to the crack knock a star off. Im confused why it took until 2008 for this to be climbed?

- with kathy dicker
Sport 12m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 7th Jul 2018
18 YonX

Another alz onsight. Classic climbing and rock quality - but ends too quickly. Start is grade a million. It was starting to snow when I started up this. Couldn't feel hands at all.

Sport 15m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 7th Jul 2018
22 I've Got 3 Buttocks

Alz onsight (I really should have checked thecrag before I picked my routes today!). The upper 2/3 of this route is spectacular and reminded me quite a bit of Taipan (runouts, ripply rock, insecure but not powerful moves). The bottom is pretty loose and shale and bolts in wierd spots.

Sport 30m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 7th Jul 2018
Sat 30th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area New York East (Right) Side Upper Tier
20 Batting Coluzzi

I did actually enjoy this - but its a bit weird and the huge loose block near the top is very frightening (you have to pull on it)

Sport 12m Blue Mountains Average Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
19 Nudity

Beautifully still and sunny on this wall! Its a good route as well - if you aren't climbing at your limit you don't need trad either.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 25m, 7 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
23 Tower of Song

Nice big orange wall with generally excellent rock. Feels a bit contrived in a few spots. So warm and delightful for a winter crag and child approved shale demolishing at the base.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 30m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
Sat 30th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area New York East (Right) Side
19 The Reprieve

Contrived and not that pleasant. Crazy little rusty bolts.

Sport 15m Blue Mountains Average Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
19 Silence of the Cams

Heaps of quality moves! Pity it doesn't look that inspiring from the ground and the location is ho hum. Prob did this 15 years ago - but no ticks on here.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 15m, 5 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
22 Moan Groan Dial Tone

Not a giveaway! Like a short punchy Nowra route. Wacky bolts. Prob did this 15 years ago - but no ticks on here.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 15m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 30th Jun 2018
Wed 27th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Hat Hill Crag
21 Cat in the Hat (Mystery Route from 2014)

Really fun face climbing. Very different to the other routes at the crag.

- with Jason McCarthy
Sport 15m, 5 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Wed 27th Jun 2018
22 Fedora

Cleaning lap.

- with Jason McCarthy
Sport 18m, 8 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 27th Jun 2018
23 Facinator

Lots of jugs a long way apart.

- with Jason McCarthy
Sport 25m, 11 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 27th Jun 2018
Sun 24th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Area Radiata Plateau Marchant's Canyon Crags Uplander
25 Montosaurus

Core destroying steep cracking. 3rd shot today placing all trads on lead. Minor dislocation of knee on the send. Lucky it slipped out and back in again.

- with Paul Thomson
Mixed 20m, 4 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 24th Jun 2018
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper War Babies Wall
24 No U-Turn

Softy. Botched the move at the first bolt trying to make it 24 - came down sent easily (no chalk on any holds!)

Sport 20m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 23rd Jun 2018
24 Form One Lane

Realy good and pretty sustained. Took a few tries to work out the crux. Sent 2nd shot.

Sport 22m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 23rd Jun 2018
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Grey Slab
13 Trinity

Kinda runout.

- with kathy dicker
Sport 18m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 23rd Jun 2018
20 Nude Tuesday

Not memorable

Sport 20m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 23rd Jun 2018
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Sandwiches Wall
13 Pompadour

Tricky footwork for a 13

- with kathy dicker
Sport 15m, 10 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 23rd Jun 2018
Mon 3rd Nov 2003 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Hot Flyer Wall
19 Lardy Lady's Lats pitch 1

OS as part of the full route

Sport 18m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Mon 3rd Nov 2003
19 Flaming Flamingo pitch 1

Pre-2007 as part of the full route

Sport 18m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Fri 22nd Jun 2018
19 Hot Flyer pitch 1

OS as part of the full route

Sport 18m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Mon 3rd Nov 2003
Sun 17th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Bell Supercrag The Devils Circus
26 Circle of Doom

Fingers sooo cold. Love endless funky moves on this - total euro limestone pumper like Margalef. 3 shots today but fingers couldn't hack the cold and always froze solid about 5 bolts up.

- with Will Vidler, Jenna Brady
Sport 15m, 8 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 17th Jun 2018
Sun 17th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Bell Supercrag Arrivals (Lower)
21 Cock Blocker

Enjoyable - even in the cold. I did the top moves via left traverse - then also did it direct on TR using sneaky unchalked undercling.

- with Jenna Brady
Sport 15m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 17th Jun 2018
23 Meg's new(?) 23 - Unknown name

Fighting the snow and wind for the send. Fairly desperate traverse in the middle on tiny holds. I enjoyed.

Sport 12m, 6 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 17th Jun 2018
Sat 16th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Hat Hill Crag
23 Swallow the Fly

It took me 5 years to get back and send this! Quite a fun long route but let down by the easy slabby middle section. The top flake is cool and pumpy.

Sport 20m, 9 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 16th Jun 2018
Sun 10th Jun 2018 - New Nowra - Braidwood Road
Cassia Cliffs Shark Alcove
20 Shark Chats

Sweet jug pulls - superb rock down low. Would be a trade route at a popular crag.

Sport 25m New Nowra - Braidwood Road Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 10th Jun 2018
Sun 10th Jun 2018 - New Nowra - Braidwood Road
Cassia Cliffs Where World
21 Dream Trader

Nice lower 2/3rds - top is a bit spooky with the handle bar jugs

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 30m New Nowra - Braidwood Road Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 10th Jun 2018
Mon 11th Jun 2018 - Nowra
Bomaderry Creek South Central
21 Itchy Quims

I was crusing it until I wasn't.

Sport 9m Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Mon 11th Jun 2018
Mon 11th Jun 2018 - Nowra
Bomaderry Creek Mortein Wall
22 Engorged

Punching myself in the face when spoodging off slopers

Sport 15m Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Mon 11th Jun 2018
21 Globular Goolies

Eating huge helpings of humble pie. 3rd shot. Desperate snatch from shallow pocket through bulge.

Sport 8m Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Mon 11th Jun 2018
20 Black Butt Borers

Thought i was going to die getting to the 2nd bolt. So so slippery.

Sport 7m Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Mon 11th Jun 2018
19 Organo Cockacide

Best easy short route at Nowra?

Sport 7m Nowra Very Good Neil Monteith
Mon 11th Jun 2018
Sat 9th Jun 2018 - Nowra
Bomaderry Creek South Central
24 Poo With Me

Thought this was the 19 - and just the usual Nowra sandbag. Nails crux - wasnt even close to sticking it.

Sport 9m Nowra Average Neil Monteith
Sat 9th Jun 2018
23 Strike

If you ignore 50% of the chalked up holds this is actually 23. I almost fell off the mantle - dont underestimate it!

Sport 7m Nowra Good Neil Monteith
Sat 9th Jun 2018
Wed 6th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Area Radiata Plateau Marchant's Canyon Crags Uplander
25 Montosaurus (Montosaurus - Closed Proj)

It was very cold but totally dry - it must be steep! Really core intensive grunting. On my first try I placed all the trad, apart from the first cam, on lead with no falls. Pumped out of my mind.

- with Will Vidler
Mixed 20m, 4 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Wed 6th Jun 2018
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Cosmic County Area Cosmic County Memory Lane
17 The Green Eyed Monster

Did as stupid long pitch from the ground - not recommended that way. A couple of cool exposed arete moves up high

- with Paul Thomson
Mixed 22m, 3 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 3rd Jun 2018
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Cosmic County Area Cosmic County The 39 Steps
21 Colditz

I did really enjoy the last 8m. Lots of sharp crimps. I did this as a sport route - one mild runout on easy ground near the top.

- with Paul Thomson
Mixed 28m, 11 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 3rd Jun 2018
25 Aesthetic Images

Dogged to last few metres but ran out of steam and tips. Cool route - not as nice as Toyland - felt more old school 80s wall climbing. Runouts aren't too bad. This route has a lot of horizontal breaks which aren't. Keen to get back on it this season.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 30m, 10 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 3rd Jun 2018
25 Toyland Direct

2nd shot today. Felt like an impossible amount of climbing on first go - scrapped through on next shot. The 3rd bolt really is a stupid dangerous clip - especially since all the other bolts are closely spaced.

- with Will Vidler, Paul Thomson
Sport 30m Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 3rd Jun 2018
Wed 30th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Golliwog Wall
26 Supercallousfragileextradosage

Race of the finger freeze. 4th shot today. Great route.

- with Will Vidler, Jason McCarthy
Sport 25m, 13 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Wed 30th May 2018
Sun 27th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Centennial Glen White Linen Wall
24 NLJ

Slightly scary knowing the first bolt had fallen out on someone (and the 2nd bolt is upside down in a roof). The first few moves are hideous grovel onto a ledge with swampy feet - but past the first bolt its actually quite fun steep climbing - 3rd bolt is scary with a big potentially ground fall. There was no chalk and it was dirty - but now its sort of clean and chalked up. Try it if you dare.

- with Will Vidler
Sport 10m, 3 Blue Mountains Average Neil Monteith
Sun 27th May 2018
Sun 27th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Golliwog Wall
26 Supercallousfragileextradosage

Sun, queues, no breeze. Not sure I did any better on this today. Still enjoy the climb - but the whole Shipley on a sunday is a bit a of a catastrophe. Good social outing though. 2 shots - one as my warmup.

- with Will Vidler
Sport 25m, 13 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 27th May 2018
Wed 23rd May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Golliwog Wall
26 Supercallousfragileextradosage

I loved it even in the hot hot sun. 2 laps whilst Cedar wrecked havoc on the environment at the base - all moves one and micro beta sussed. Keen for a colder day.

Sport 25m, 13 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Wed 23rd May 2018
Sun 20th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Newnes Plateau Dingo Creek
21 Enough Already (Parallax Error)

Bolted crack climbing for the first 10m then some nice novelty arete climbing then a long easy rambler on grey jugs.

- with Will Vidler, Harry Kadi, Paul Thomson
Sport 32m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
17 Drop Bear

Rare to do such a fun sport route at this grade. Nice and shady as well.

- with Sammi
Sport 20m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
19 Pick Pocket

Nice gritestone like arete. Cool pockets down low.

- with Ben Jenga
Sport 20m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
18 Centurion

This is good but it really is a bolted crack route.

- with Will Vidler, Paul Thomson, Ben Jenga, Harry Kadi
Sport 25m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
23 Disorientated

There was moments of fun unusual climbing on this up the huge dyke feature - but the rock quality is quite poor on black snappy edges I was fairly frazzled by the end (the novelty of the line had well and truly worn off at 30m). Not sure traffic would ever improve this.

Sport 30m Blue Mountains Average Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
26 Indian Pacific

A huge soaring ironstone "tufa" splitting the entire cliff. What a cool climb! Rock quality is brittle a lot of the way up - had to tread carefully but the climbing, position, length, location is brilliant. Mostly grade 22-23 moves - with a only one proper hard move down low.

- with Paul Thomson, Ben Jenga
Sport 38m Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 20th May 2018
Sat 19th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Cheap Dive Wall and Beyond
22 Cheap Skate

Balls hard and reachy down low! A bit of an easy ramble in the middle then great shared finish with Cheap Skate. Well worth doing - and nice and shady!

- with Vanessa Wills
Sport 20m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 19th May 2018
22 Cheap Dive

Old tick. Maybe even with Mikl himself?

Sport 30m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Sat 19th May 2018
Sat 19th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Shakes and Flakes Wall
23 Unknown Left of Racer's Edge

Originally climbed this by piking left into Shakes and Flakes at the 3rd bolt - then doing the finish. Stripped the gear and felt up some holds on the rap down - then decided what the hell lets try the actual line. Scary runout doglegging into Racers Edge at the 3rd bolt and committing no chalk moves above that! The climbing is fun but I highly recommend putting a long sling on 4th bolt. Anyone know whos route this is?

Sport 30m, 7 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 19th May 2018
Sat 19th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Black Bart's Wall
19 Sadhu Rum

Never have I felt polish as slippery as the first few metres. I couldn't hold a major horizontal and instead used my whole forearms drapped across it to do the move.

- with Vanessa Wills
Sport 30m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sat 19th May 2018
17 Bumflute

Crux was trying to clip the first carrot (shared with Black Bart) without decking.

Trad 30m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sat 19th May 2018
Fri 18th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Shakes and Flakes Wall
23 Let's Nail God

No idea when and who I did this with but I remember onsighting it. and thinking it was easy for 23.

Sport 30m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Fri 18th May 2018
Wed 9th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Area Radiata Plateau Elphinstone Main Wall
29 Green Grass

2 goes to just above bolt 6 (grade 25?). Really nice with lots of long moves. A little seepy and I have no idea how you clip the bolt on the lip of the roof without a Panic draw? I was scared even with one!

- with Will Monks
Sport 30m Blue Mountains Neil Monteith
Wed 9th May 2018
26 R Castor's Dinner Date

Yere no. Got to third bolt and packed it in. Looked like it gets zero traffic - no chalk on the holds (a few faint tick marks) and lots of the rock was kind of snappy and untrafficked. Upper runouts just look silly!

- with Will Monks
Sport 30m, 7 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Wed 9th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Gateway & Fort Rock Fort Rock Crag
21 Rogue Fort - with Emma Spencer Trad 16m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
22 Cheddar - with Emma Spencer Trad 16m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
18 Private Grunt - with Emma Spencer Mixed 10m, 4 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Leura Sublime Point East Faces New World Order
24 Wrath of Froth

Escaping from Post Truth Era. Great finish to the day swinging over the void to finish.

- with Paul Thomson
1 24 25m
2 18 17m lead by Neil Monteith
3 22 17m lead by Paul Thomson
Sport 59m Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
25 The Post Truth Era

Happy with a one sit ascent (apart from jumaring past the first dyno move so I didn't deck on rope stretch). I felt so much happier on this today than the first ascent due to better fitness and icy sticky friction. Lovely rock.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 30m, 13 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Leura Sublime Point West Face (Main Area) Middle Cliffs Binary Cave
18 Please Dry

Repeat.

Sport 12m, 5 Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Leura Sublime Point West Face (Main Area) Middle Cliffs Theory of Negativity Wall
20 Theory of Negativity

I can't believe it's been almost 10 years since I did the first ascent of this. Still really good.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 22m, 9 Blue Mountains Classic Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Leura Sublime Point West Face (Main Area) Middle Cliffs Andy's Area
21 There's a Tear in There

Brilliant little arete route - felt like I was at Nowra! These routes would be uber popular if they were above the walking track - but they get nigh all attention hidden away 50m from the hoards. Check it out everyone!

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 10m, 8 Blue Mountains Very Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
Sun 6th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Leura Sublime Point West Face (Main Area) Middle Cliffs Sweet Dreams Walls
24 The Sweetest Dream

The route that inspired me to visit Sublime for the first time (Thanks to a pic of Pipertron taken by JJ) Spectacular position and moves - but the rock quality and total mission of an approach (and clean!) knocked the stars down. My attempt to get back to the belay after sending the pitch was mildly amusing/scray as I climbed up and down and left on black choss valiantly trying to find someway to lower-off without cutting my rope or dropping rocks on Paul. Ended up backjumping the whole thing. Read Paul's comment for all the beta.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 20m Blue Mountains Good Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018
21 Hyperglycemic Hallucination

What Paul said. Lack of any trundling or brushing, messy bolting and generally unpleasant climbing didn't do it for me. I also worry that people standing around racking up at base of Sweet Dreams are well and truly in the firing line (I had to shoo away several onlookers when belaying). There are plenty of other routes at this crag at this grade that are superior. Linked pitches 1 & 2.

- with Paul Thomson
Sport 60m, 18 Blue Mountains Don't Bother Neil Monteith
Sun 6th May 2018

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