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Grade Route Gear style Crag Quality Climber Date
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Cosmic County Area Cosmic County Stateline Gully
20 Cosmed

Reasonably straightforward narrow hands with feet everywhere

Trad 15m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
20 R Tendon Tensioner

Quite hard at the start , nice to climb without sticking gear behind the flake

Trad 15m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
21 Lurline Street

Quite fun, especially if you only use the tree for one low move

Trad 15m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Cosmic County Area Cosmic County The 39 Steps
25 Aesthetic Images

Was probably going to do allehal, but it couldn't do the last move of this starting sequence and stick the ledge, need short person beta. The pockets etc were all ok but a very high left foot back step kept pushing me off the ledge despite giving me the height.

Sport 30m, 10 Blue Mountains
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
20 Candle Power

Nice climb, despite the cold. Did quite a bit of gardening

Trad 35m Blue Mountains Very Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Newnes Plateau Azaria's Two dogs wall
16 Two Dog Night

Will be nicer when cleaner, but runs up a nice ironstone feature

Trad 30m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Newnes Plateau Azaria's Aurora
23 M1 Aurora Australis pitch 2

Another incredible crack, not quite as steep, the top section is fun water washed jugging

Trad 30m Blue Mountains Mega Classic
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
24 M1 The Vector pitch 2

I could do each third I think if they stood alone and I worked them , but it is so outrageously steep. Would love to see someone onsight this.

Trad 35m Blue Mountains Mega Classic
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
21 The Vector pitch 1 direct start

Nice bouldery start that eliminates rope drag

Trad 10m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 - Blue Mountains
Bell's Line of Road & Chifley Rd Marrangaroo Creek Front Side
19 Ghecko Crack

Quite steep after the easy start, wires and one good cam.

Mixed 25m, 3 Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
19 Volley World

A wire in the flake helps with the runout

Sport 25m, 5 Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
21 Blunt End Blunders

One very reachy move mid climb, had me going up and down through the scoops before committing

Sport 25m, 5 Blue Mountains Good
Sun 22nd Jul 2018
Mon 16th Jul 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
23 Blind Terror

Had set up TR on dusk yesterday, and cleaned it a bit. Needs another hour of work to make it leadable, would be a bit exciting mid climb. Needs another good scrub and a few more small flakes cleaned. Great line

Trad 40m Kaputar Very Good
Mon 16th Jul 2018
22 Great Oz Wall

Started via Drongoland which is still exciting despite 3 bolts. Then all gear. Had done the start before for the other route, but it's still scary, and been on the top of GOW, however it was a totally different experience in placing the gear in the occasionally suspect rock.

Trad 50m Kaputar Classic
Mon 16th Jul 2018
Sun 15th Jul 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
20 The Blundstone Arete

Do yourself and belayer a favour and aid the choss at the start to enjoy this route as the climbing is good above. Quite spicy bolting, interesting fin feature

Sport 25m Kaputar Good
Sun 15th Jul 2018
17 Yummikins

This route is always nice, good rock

Trad 33m Kaputar Good
Sun 15th Jul 2018
26 Aslan

Another day another shot. Some progress on P2, had reproducible sequence with 2 hangs.

1 23 50m
2 26
Trad 50m Kaputar Very Good
Sun 15th Jul 2018
Sat 14th Jul 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
26 Aslan

No progress today

Trad 50m Kaputar Very Good
Sat 14th Jul 2018
20 R Advanced Decomposition

Second P1, led P2, Barley puts up some good routes but this isn't one of them. There is 7m of good climbing around a block on P2 after an Ok arête sequence, but you wonder what keeps the block there. The first pitch was exfoliating weetbix. The rock in the crack just starts to improve when you are made to traverse across some ok face moves to arête. I don't mind choss, the route to the left has quite a bit, but was was a good adventure. This is just crap and hopefully I have stopped someone else's suffering with my description. If you must a single rack from TCUs to # 4 helps.

Sport 50m Kaputar Crap
Sat 14th Jul 2018
Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
26 Aslan

Better than previous attempts. In that I actually did all the moves. The first pitch went fine as previously, but it's quite step with suspect rock. A second roof then the smooth stemming groove to final roof is the business. The ball nuts got a work out.

Trad 50m Kaputar Very Good
Fri 13th Jul 2018
23 Titarse Andronicus

The start went readily enough on crimps, but the rest of the climb kept me on my toes for a chalk less onsight. Really nice rock on the whole, for Kaputar, and some good face climbing

Sport 25m Kaputar Good
Fri 13th Jul 2018
17 Protocol

A different way to get to top of cliff, quite nice climbing, though gear at start is a bit dodgy. Probably not done for 2 decades. Deserves more traffic.

Trad 27m Kaputar Good
Fri 13th Jul 2018
Wed 11th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
21 R Novocastria

If this was somewhere else, and had a few more bolts it would be popular ( and clean). Interesting double arête moves, almost felt like I was at Bulahdelah. Up to tree. More like 22/23R, but a convenient TR.

Mixed 25m, 1 Frog Buttress Good
Wed 11th Jul 2018
14 Orchid Alley

While Dave was revisiting the arête to the left, then we got hit by rain

Trad 20m Frog Buttress Good
Wed 11th Jul 2018
Wed 11th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
24 Impulse

Glad I stripped the gear between first and second lead attempts, having fallen off on last TCU on first go, a somewhat slow ascent when I left the ground without the grey C 3 s. Oops. Thankfully Dave throws well. Second go went well, had changed back to softer shoes which helped, and taped right hand as the jam glove makes my hand too fat for comfort.

Trad 25m Frog Buttress Classic
Wed 11th Jul 2018
Mon 9th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
25 Barbed-wire Canoe

Finger and toe destroying. Diabolical start again if you can't reach crimp from horn foothold. Once I managed that I was not going to fall off. I have no ambition to lead this. Nice climbing, lots of fragile flakes.

Trad 27m Frog Buttress Very Good
Mon 9th Jul 2018
Sun 8th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
20 Juggernaut

Nice lead by Dave, and enjoyable to second as I got to leave the huge gear in the crack, and get in on rappel. Lots of nice features in the crack to help upward motion, though I was seen laying off one edge near the top

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sun 8th Jul 2018
17 Chunder Crack

Still feels a sandbag at 17. Did some interesting leg stack moves.

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Good
Sun 8th Jul 2018
23 Epic Journey

Had TR on my first visit to Frog and thought it easy for grade, probably due to little crack climbing. Today, placing the gear it felt quite goey.

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Classic
Sun 8th Jul 2018
Sat 7th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
22 Steel Fingers

Came in from the side on second. Shares quite a bit with R and R up the top.

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sat 7th Jul 2018
17 Side-pocket Shot

Pretty wet after yesterday's deluge made it feel harder

Trad 15m Frog Buttress Average
Sat 7th Jul 2018
20 Rickety Kate

Another Alzheimer's 2nd to lead. I may have stuffed up shoulder getting off the ledge, as it got progressively snorer through the afternoon

Trad 15m Frog Buttress Classic
Sat 7th Jul 2018
16 Century

Nice enough, but wet, tricky after tree for grade due to width.

Trad 15m Frog Buttress Average
Sat 7th Jul 2018
13 Tardis

Ok, quite wide so I couldn't jam and had to engage brain

Trad 10m Frog Buttress Good
Sat 7th Jul 2018
16 Materialistic Prostitution

Changing old seconding route to a lead while waiting for the rock to dry

Trad 20m Frog Buttress Good
Sat 7th Jul 2018
Wed 4th Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
23 Deliverance

Kind of pink point start with a high runner at base of twin cracks. Took a couple of goes, and I had to leave the rack there to collect en passant. The start was dirty and slippery and detracts from an otherwise great climb. Then fell at the end on first go despite reading the moves right when my heel unexpectedly slipped. Went second time.

Trad 45m Frog Buttress Very Good
Wed 4th Jul 2018
20 Devils Dihedral

Rpt after seconding Dave a few years ago. I think my favourite climb at Frog.

Trad 45m Frog Buttress Classic
Wed 4th Jul 2018
Tue 3rd Jul 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
20 Satyricon

Nice 3 dimensional climb, timed with the sunset

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Very Good
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
22 Old Guard

This climb makes me think we may be grading our new trad ascents a bit too sandbaggy in Newcastle, even though I was only seconding I kept waiting for a hard bit.

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Very Good
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
18 Plume

Rpt, previous top rope, I thought this was a tad harder than infinity

Trad 25m Frog Buttress Very Good
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
19 Infinity

Had seconded some time ago, much more fun leading. Felt pretty easy

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Classic
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
16 Satans Smokestack

While infinity was occupied decided to jump on this. Actually really pleasant, stayed out of chimney for first third with little gear, then slunk inside, but the 3 dimensional climbing was fun and not too thrutchy at all.

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Very Good
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
Sun 1st Jul 2018 - Watagans
Dora Pinnacles Sunny Side
The Penultimate Great Problem

Tried this infrequently over 5 years. Finger shredding barndooring pain that is kind of appealing. Tape all fingers! Placing gear on lead will be hard.

Trad 20m Watagans
Sun 1st Jul 2018
Sun 1st Jul 2018 - Watagans
Dora Pinnacles Dark Side
19 Uncle Connie

Seconded Dave. Would be Ok with traffic which it won't get

Trad 15m Watagans Average
Sun 1st Jul 2018
Fri 30th Jun 2017 - Watagans
Monkey Face The Ridge
10 Corner crack

Sometime over a year ago after exploring this area

Trad 7m Watagans Average
Fri 30th Jun 2017
21 Crackaphonic Cack

Feisty for its length. Hard to remove fingers from the crack down low, and reachy top section. Finishes with hands on top, too dirty to exit nicely

Trad 7m Watagans Good
Sat 30th Jun 2018
6 Onion Egg Bombs

The rock felt pretty sound given it looks crap just to the right

Trad 7m Watagans Average
Sat 30th Jun 2018
Wed 27th Jun 2018 - Watagans
Gate Crag Central Buttress
24 Prehabilitation

Countdown to surgery begins with a sneaky midweek project tick before the rain. The start looks straightforward but seemed really awkward but sequences at 3rd and 4th bolts are great and not obvious.

Sport 12m, 4 Watagans Very Good
Wed 27th Jun 2018
Sun 24th Jun 2018 - Blue Mountains
Newnes Plateau Dingo Creek
25 Red Dog

3rd visit over 3 years. The recent activity in the area made me pull my finger out. I really like this. Pretty technical. Had the gear all lined up in the order it went in as always found the bouldery 5m crux pretty hard

Trad 20m Blue Mountains Very Good
Sun 24th Jun 2018
21 Enough Already

I quite enjoyed the different styles of climbing. Fairly easy at 21

Sport 32m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 24th Jun 2018
17 Drop Bear

Great climb at the grade, nice ironstone

Sport 20m Blue Mountains Very Good
Sun 24th Jun 2018
19 Pick Pocket

Enjoyed this, nice ironstone and will still be fine, or better when the fragile holds that I didn't use but had chalk all over them disappear

Sport 20m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 24th Jun 2018
18 Centurion

The crack is ok but felt contrived going to arête, rock needs a bit more hammering

Sport 25m Blue Mountains Average
Sun 24th Jun 2018
17 Green Points and Cam

The climb after the second big fern fizzles out, just step to arête

Trad 30m Blue Mountains Good
Sun 24th Jun 2018
Sun 17th Jun 2018 - Watagans
Monkey Face Lower Crag
20 So

Warm up lap, the ground has disappeared from below this so hard to get on

Mixed 12m, 1 Watagans Good
Sun 17th Jun 2018
23 Feeling the Pinch

Crazy campus crimps, sliced finger on the pinch.

Sport 14m, 2 Watagans Very Good
Sun 17th Jun 2018
20 From Here to Eternity

This would easily be a 22 at frog. Failed again on the redpoint and then quivered for an age before doing the loose mantle to exit. Needs anchors

Trad 10m Watagans Very Good
Sun 17th Jun 2018
Thu 14th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
25 Barbed-wire Canoe

After the first 8 m this is great and technical. I have issues with the start.

Trad 27m Frog Buttress Very Good
Thu 14th Jun 2018
Wed 13th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
West of the access track
21 New and Improved Odin

Dave reckoned this was no harder than it used to be. But he did have a #9 cam and long limbs so could bridge his way to glory. I have scraped shoulders and nearly got my helmet stuck from grovelling through the roof.

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Good
Wed 13th Jun 2018
19 Thor

Starts a little scary when you have to commit to falling onto the jug. Nice airy route.

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Very Good
Wed 13th Jun 2018
21 Warlock DS

Great warm up moves Dave! Fortunately I stretched first. Found a good use for the # 12, to stand on to reach starting holds

Trad 26m Frog Buttress Good
Wed 13th Jun 2018
22 Yankee Go Home

Very nice. Didn't have too much trouble, though some locks were painful

Trad 26m Frog Buttress Very Good
Wed 13th Jun 2018
Tue 12th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
24 Impulse

2 shots today. Was thinking of leading this but pretty high gravity and once the sun hit, no chance.

Trad 25m Frog Buttress Classic
Tue 12th Jun 2018
20 Famous Cosmetics

Ledgy, but good climbing. Stopped at anchors. Quite strenuous

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Good
Tue 12th Jun 2018
16 Sabrasucker

Warm down

Trad 18m Frog Buttress Very Good
Tue 12th Jun 2018
18 Sacrilege Crack

Quite interesting, not really offwidth climbing

Trad 25m Frog Buttress Good
Tue 12th Jun 2018
Mon 11th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
16 Fat Mattress

Really nice route, hard to get on, sandbag at 16

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Very Good
Mon 11th Jun 2018
22 Child in Time

The lyrics go OOO aaah OOO which was my lyrics with the odd #%+* thrown in for the first 4m. Desperate to get to the crimp, can't believe how much energy I expended. No way I was going to fall off the rest after finally getting through the start.

Trad 25m Frog Buttress Classic
Mon 11th Jun 2018
Sun 10th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
23 Satanic Majesty

Great lead by Dave. It took me a few goes to solve the crux using a sneaky crimp to get high enough to jam again, got lowered down and then did clean through to top. Felt physically, and literally fried. It was hot in the sun.

Trad 30m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sun 10th Jun 2018
16 Blood, Sweat and Tears

Found this really fun and not thrutchy at all

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sun 10th Jun 2018
19 Inquisition

Great first half and even the offwidth section was good as you don't have to thrutch too much. Trailed a rope to haul our # 4s and 5s once I was on the half way ledge

Trad 27m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sun 10th Jun 2018
Sat 9th Jun 2018 - Frog Buttress
East of the access track
19 Southern Comfort

Heberdens nodules are making these thin cracks awkward despite small hands

Trad 15m Frog Buttress Good
Sat 9th Jun 2018
16 Castor

Got to love that chockstone, good warm up

Trad 22m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sat 9th Jun 2018
20 Pollux

Felt challenging until I found the really obvious footer I had missed

Trad 23m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sat 9th Jun 2018
20 Lord of the Flies

Beautiful varied climbing. Even the offwidth bit was fun, especially draping self over horizontal tree. Dave was crafty and hauled the big gear up on the trail line

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Classic
Sat 9th Jun 2018
20 Rack and Ruin

Had done the LOF so the start wasn't new. Nice thin airy climbing but a bit close to LOF.

Trad 40m Frog Buttress Very Good
Sat 9th Jun 2018
Thu 7th Jun 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
18 Dummykins

Not sure how this one escaped. Ground up, no preinspection, some shot put mid climb , but generally good rock, thankfully good small gear and a nice airy line

Trad 33m Kaputar Good
Thu 7th Jun 2018
18 Juicy Rumours

Rpt, had previously seconded, nice rock, good gear

Trad 30m Kaputar Very Good
Thu 7th Jun 2018
21 Caressingthe Diamond Bird

The crack in the middle is very nice. The start is a retro bolt of BGUTI, the finishing arête is tricky with no wear or chalk for clues

Mixed 25m, 8 Kaputar Very Good
Thu 7th Jun 2018
21 Deaf Frights

Quite dirty and friable in places at present but would clean up ok. The old BRs are rusty as is fixed wire, but currently seem sound and can be backed up with small gear

Mixed 35m, 3 Kaputar Good
Thu 7th Jun 2018
Wed 6th Jun 2018 - Kaputar
Euglah Rock
19 Skulking through the Badlands

Led both pitches linked. Thoughtful and careful climbing needed, but not too bad after the first 8 metres. Couldn't find any nearby chains ( it was raining by this time) so abseiled over Burning Spear. Took double rack and 14 draws.

Mixed 50m, 5 Kaputar Good
Wed 6th Jun 2018
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 - Watagans
Monkey Face Central Gully
26 Jacob's Ladder

A Dave Gray route from 88, likely a sandbag like the rest of them. 2 shots. I think I will need a stepladder to get on the route, or have to put in an alternative start. Not close.

Sport 20m, 4 Watagans Good
Sun 3rd Jun 2018
Wed 16th May 2018 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Ikara, Victorialand, Odin Head, Thor Head Ikara Head
18 Octonauts

Bold lead by dave on upper part.Large gear ie big bro needed. The seconder has a nicer time climbing the arête.

Trad 33m Blue Mountains Good
Wed 16th May 2018
Sat 2nd Jun 2018 - Watagans
Gate Crag Central Buttress
18 A'sprain

You could probably stack hands, but lay backing was easier. Mind the flake.

Trad 15m Watagans Average
Sat 2nd Jun 2018
17 Ptanklette

Took some cleaning, could do with some more, but a good crack

Trad 13m Watagans Good
Sat 2nd Jun 2018
21 Rain Shawdow

Rock quality varies, strangely felt pumped, may be the cold

Sport 12m, 5 Watagans Good
Sat 2nd Jun 2018
Wed 30th May 2018 - Watagans
Monkey Face Turkey Walls
24 Quasimodo

Found this the hardest of the 3 classic rebolted 24s, ( speakeasy and new horizons being the others) though it's probably less pumpy, but more delicate.

Mixed 18m, 4 Watagans Good
Wed 30th May 2018
Mon 28th May 2018 - East Killara
The Promised Land Middle Tier Genesis Left Wing Christianity
V1 Fishy Loaves Boulder 4m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V3 Stout Hearted Infidel Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V2 An Amazing Crusade Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
Mon 28th May 2018 - East Killara
The Promised Land Middle Tier Genesis Right Wing Christianity
V0 Save Me Jeebus

Down

Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V1 Right Page Only Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V0 My Help Meet Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V1 Who Buys A Stairway? Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V1 Reach High For The Stoup Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V2 Scrambling Out of Purgatory Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V1 Thorwald's Cross Slab

Contrived but interesting

Boulder 4m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V0 The Fat Penguin Makes You Go OW!

Hardest part is not damaging the banksia

Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V2 The Passing Of The Mantle

Easy

Boulder 3m East Killara
Mon 28th May 2018
V3 Bouldering In A Hobbits Habit

You know you are relatively short if reaching the start holds for the " short" persons problem are an issue

Boulder 3m East Killara Good
Mon 28th May 2018

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