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1. Denim Wall 8 routes in Cliff

All Trad

In the cave behind John's Pinnacle. Stays cool in the summer.

Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Bluffs 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

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).

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Vixen

Start: Start at the L end of 'Denim' Wall.

  1. 15m (-) Up the unpleasant chimney roof, bridging at the lip.

  2. 30m (22) Up, then traverse R under roof, up 'Denim' for 3m, then diagonally R to arete (beware loose block).

FA: Andrew Thomson, Greg Child, 1976

22 Trad 45m 2
2 ** Concise Exercise


Start: Start 12m up L from the start of 'Denim', part way up 'Vixen' but access via ledge.

FA: Scott Camps, Paul Johnston, 1988

26 Mixed 35m, 5
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
3 ** Denim

"It will laugh at attempts to free it" - Keith Lockwood, Arapiles guidebook 1978. Freed by Kim in 1979 it didn't laugh for long but it still has plenty of chuckles at aspirants.

Louise Shepherd made a particularly impressive ascent in the 80's - she fell off the initial roof, lowered off then did it second shot, onsighting most of the route and placing the gear.

Start: Start on the L side of the wall.

  1. 18m (26) 'Steep' thin cracks and roof to ledge.

  2. 27m (22) A fantastic fingers corner crack. Despite what you might read elsewhere this pitch is not well protected at all.

FA: Chris Baxter, John Moore, Clive Parker (aid), 1968

FFA: Kim Carrigan, Eddy Ozols, 1979

26 Mixed 45m 2, 2
4 ** London Calling

Up thin seam to traverse line, R and up to BR, diagonally R to 2nd BR, then trend L to 3rd BR (despite the unfortunate chipped hold, this is still the crux). Nathan Hoette linked the start of 'Balance of Power' into 'London Calling' in Nov. 2004, which is 29* and called Berlin Calling (if you think link-ups deserve their own name).

Start: Start 1.5m R of 'Denim'.

FA: Mark Moorhead, 1981

27 Mixed 30m, 3
5 ** Balance of Power

Bolts are mostly rusty and should not be trusted. Very bouldery past the first bolt then continuous past 4 more bolts, then finish off to the right where Concise Excercises finishes. Lower off.

Start: Start R of LC.

FA: "Fat Nick" Sutter, 1993

29 Mixed 18m, 5
6 ** Balance of Power Direct Finish

Originally given 31, but it's not that much harder then the original.

Start: Start as for BoP.

FA: Nathan Hoette

31 Mixed 30m, 7
7 * See You Round

A very tough crux down low.

Start: Start just L of the south entrance to Ali Baba\'s Cave.

FA: Mark Moorhead, Jon Muir, 1981

26 Trad 20m
8 ** L7s

Avoids the desperate crux of See You Round by starting to the right at the hole. Bridge up 5m and clip the bolt on the L. Swing L around the arete (wire and tiny cams) to a mega jug and then up and R, move back L to crack through bulge, and then R again to finish at chains. Big holds and very steep. Not really sure of the grade, just a guess.

FA: @duglash, 2015

23 Mixed 15m, 1

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
22 Vixen Trad 45m 2
23 ** L7s Mixed 15m, 1
26 ** Concise Exercise Mixed 35m, 5
** Denim Mixed 45m 2, 2
* See You Round Trad 20m
27 ** London Calling Mixed 30m, 3
29 ** Balance of Power Mixed 18m, 5
31 ** Balance of Power Direct Finish Mixed 30m, 7