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A very popular variant on 'Arachnus', but more serious because of the poorly protected section on pitch three.

Start: Start as for 'Arachnus'.

  1. 40m (8) Up deep crack until it ends. Traverse 4 metres right, up over disconcerting bulge and follow crack to large ledge.

  2. 12m (8) Up smooth wall just right of crack, traverse right, then up to small ledge below juggy crack through overhang.

  3. 23m (9) Up crack, then balance carefully right (poor protection) for 4 metres. More easily up to cave belay.

  4. 30m (8) Move left out of cave and up exhilirating wall to top. Prearrange your signals as communication is likely to be impossible from the top.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: Ivan Dainis, Gwenn Ward, 1965

  • First Ascent: Ivan Dainis, Gwenn Ward, 12 Jun 1965


Located in The Watchtower approx:
Long/Lat: 141.837614,-36.751890

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9 *** Arapiles, Selected Climbs
9 R *** *** ACA Route Register

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