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The detached pinnacle standing well away from the main cliff. Directly in front of Grotto Wall.

Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Castle Crag Area

Access issues inherited from Arapiles

Bird Nesting September-December Raptors usually nest on the following climbs in Spring : Cassandra, Eurydice, Harlequin Cracks, Revelations. Nesting usually finishes mid-December. There may or may not be signs in place at these times. Please keep 50m clear of these climbs if there appears to be nesting activity.

State Park


10 min walk from campground, heading N.

Descent notes

20m abseil from rap station above Trapeze.

Ethic inherited from Arapiles

Mount Arapiles is first and foremost a trad climbing area. The few sport climbs tend to be in the higher grades where no natural pro is available.

Bolting, particularly retro-bolting, is discouraged and should only be undertaken after extensive consultation with the local climbers, first ascensionists, etc. Inappropriately placed bolts have been chopped.

Do not chip the rock.

Look after the park.

  • Stick to the paths.

  • Don't disturb the wildlife.

  • Routes near peregrine falcon nesting sites are closed in the spring.

  • Minimise the impact of your camping (fuel stoves not fires, take your rubbish with you, etc).


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25 ** The Low Down Trad 25m

Sensational jug hauling traverse

Start: Start as for 'Trapeze' & 'Swinging'

FA: Kim Carrigan & Steve Monks, 1984

22 Acrobat Trad 20m

Latch onto the hanging flake just L of Trapeze's start, then finish up the wall R of 'Trapeze'.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Tony Marian, 1978

19 * A Cut Above Trad 30m

As for 'Trapeze' until the end of the traverse, then head diagonally up and L to ledge on arete. Keep moving L (above the roof) into Procul.

FA: Kieran Loughran, Terry Tremble & Jane Wilkinson, 1984

26 Think Positive Trad 22m

As for 'The Low Down' until 1st bolt, then go up R to another bolt and into 'A Cut Above'. Step R into mossy seam and head up to ledge with rap anchors.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1984

11 ** Trapeze Trad 20m

Up the steep pillar to a bolt, then traverse left (crux), and finish up the easier climbing above.

Start: At the pillar on the right side of the north face.

FA: Russell Judge & Don Bennett, 1964

17 ** Swinging Sport 20m, 2

As for 'Trapeze' to the bolt (where 'Trapeze' breaks left), and continue up the arete past another bolt to a new lower-off.

Start: As for 'Trapeze'.

FA: Andrew Thomson & Dave Mudie, 1976

22 * Siva Mixed 12m, 1

An interesting, albeit short route managing to squeeze in hand jamming, finger locking, an undercling, sidepulls, a mantle (of sorts) and a delicate traverse in its first 6 metres.

Clip the first bolt and traverse off L to Swinging, then up.

Start: Up the pillar 2m R of Swinging.

FA: Roger Caffin, John Zmood & Margaret James, 1966

FFA: Greg Child., 1978

26 * Siva Eva Mor Direk Mixed 15m, 1

Crimp straight up from where Siva moves L past a bolt or two

FA: Gordon Poultney

26 * Siva Direct Trad 20m

As for Siva, instead of moving L into 'Swinging', head R a few metres and up past few BRs.

FA: Mark Moorhead., 1983

29 * The Overtaker Sport 18m

Originally climbed at 31, but subsequent ascents have used the larger holds just L of the old crux.

Start: Between Siva and 'The Undertaker' is a line of bolts.

FA: Nick Sutter, 2002

28 The Caretaker Sport

Up Undertaker to about 6m, then left and up past bolts. Dave has bolted and been working on an independent start.

FA: Dave Jones, 2013

25 *** The Undertaker Trad 18m

The first grade 25 in the country.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Chris Baxter, 1965

FFA: Mike Law & Greg Child., 1978

25 Me and My Hamster Trad 24m

As for 'The Butterfly', but continue traversing across 'The Undertaker' and finish up 'Swinging'.

FA: John Muir & Geoff Little., 1985

25 The Butterfly Trad 18m

Follow 'Elusive Butterfly' to 2nd piton, then traverse L, almost into 'The Undertaker', then climb up R into groove.

FA: Jon Muir & Geoff Little., 1985

24 Elusive Butterfly Trad 18m

Probably the best of this trio of hard routes just R of 'The Undertaker'.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Chris Baxter, 1968

FFA: Kim Carrigan., 1978

13 * Cunrack Trad 16m

The first route up 'Castle Crag' looks like a doodle, but is not quite that simple.

FA: Andrew Smith & Glen Devereaux., 1964

25 Blow Up Trad 12m

Tries to free an ugly bolt ladder, but bails when the going gets too hard.

FA: Tim Hancock & Andrew Thomson, 1969

FFA: Mark Moorhead., 1980

22 Apocalypse Now! Trad 5m

Up the the seam past a fixed peg.

Start: Below the wall with 'Red Baron' is a tiny seam. If you can't find it you might need a microscope.

FA: Mark Moorhead, Mick Colyvan & Marty Beare., 1983

23 Red Baron Trad 18m

Climb the face just R of the arete.

Start: Traverse in the the base from under Procul Harem (easy but exposed). Start at the far L of ledge.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Chris Baxter

FFA: Henry Barber., 1975


Probably one of the first routes at the grade in the country? These days it rarely gets repeated.

Start: To the R of 'Blow Up' is a poorly protected groove.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Chris Baxter, 1968

FFA: Henry Barber., 1975

16 The Hun Trad 13m

Reachy moves up the R side of the wall facing the campsite, past a piton and not much else for gear.

Start: Traverse in from the start of Procul Harem (easy but exposed - you might want to rope up).

FA: John Fahey & Peter Jackson, 1965

24 * Iron Cross Trad 14m

Originally freed with the aid of a fixed peg placed on abseil. It's gone now thanks to the Law of Ethical Entropy, but small cams will do fine.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Chris Baxter, 1968

FFA: Chris Peisker., 1978

15 * Mickey Finn Trad 16m

Trickier than it looks (take some big gear for the start).

Start: The wide crack at the left end of the east face.

FA: Peter Jackson & Chris Baxter., 1965

24 * Kor Trad 10m

Climb the slimey, curving crack, past a few old pitons, to the ledge.

Start: At far L end of lower wall (below 'Iron Cross' and Mickey Finn).

FA: Andrew Smith & Chris Baxter, 1967

FFA: John Smart., 1978

24 Dynamic Trad 10m

Originally done with a fixed wire, this is now a popular top rope problem.

Start: About 10m R of Kor is a thin seam.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1978

17 * Cheap Chills Trad 10m

Right-slanting dog-leg crack just right of 'Dynamic'

FA: Martin Lama & Graeme Smith

21 * Saturation Point Trad 15m

Climb the wall R of 'Mickey Finn' past the unnerving rattly block.

FA: Peter McKeand & Gordon Talbett, 1969

FFA: Glenn Tempest & Kevin Lindorff.., 1976

24 Sausagemonger Trad 15m

Up the wall 1m R of SP (contrived at the beginning), until able to move R past tricky moves to jugs.

FA: Jon Muir & Geoff Little., 1985

24 * Warmonger Trad 18m

Climb the thin, attractive seam past a desperate crux.

Start: In the centre of the E face is a thin seam.

FA: Gornon Talbett & Peter McKeand, 1968

FFA: Kim Carrigan., 1978


After a few metres, break diagonally R and then power up past bolts to the lower-off L of Procol.

Start: As for 'Warmonger'.

FA: Jean-Minh Trinh-Thieu, 1994

26 *** Procol Harum Trad 25m

The country's first 26.

Start: At the back L corner of the cave a line leads up to the prominent roof crack.

FA: Chris Baxter & Andrew Smith, 1966

FFA: Kim Carrigan, 1978

30 * Nati Dread Mixed 30m, 5

Power through the roof to the lip. The section after the roof was originally done by deviating R into the Low Down, then doing it's crux before continuing straight up. Has since been straightened out.

Start: R of Procol is a line of bolts through the ceiling.

FA: Andy Pollit, 1990

31 * Nati Dread Direct Sport 25m

As for 'Nati Dread', but power straight up after the lip past a new crux to rejoin the original route (finishing as for that).

FA: Nathan Hoette, 2007


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