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Summary

The climbing on the Argadells station consists of numerous west-facing outcrops along the ridge top between Hanniman Gorge to the north and South Gorge to the south.

Description

The ridge can be divided into the Wind Chill Wall area to the north, the Age of Consent area in the centre, and the unnamed big cliff area towards South Gorge. The climbs in the first two areas tend to be 10-15m on compact buttresses; the big cliff has 2-3 pitch adventures. The rock quality varies from reasonable to good.

Approach

Access is by car via Arden Vale Road. The station lies between Warren Gorge and Buckaringa and is now set up for tourists. It is popular with 4WDers, birdwatchers, walkers, artists, etc. There is an office near the homestead. When you reach the western side of Hanniman Gorge, look for a large water tank. Walking up the hill here is the usual approach to Wind Chill Wall. The Age of Consent area can be reached by continuing south from Wind Chill Wall or directly up the hill from the 4WD track that runs along the western side of the ridge line. Continue by foot or vehicle to reach the South Gorge area.

Where to stay

Argadells Lodge provides accommodation. There are also campgrounds west of Hanniman Gorge reachable by 4WD or (with care) 2WD.

Routes

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The climbs from Gray Power to The Colour Grey are on or near Wind Chill Wall, an impressive wall not far south of Hanniman Gorge. Gray Power takes the short L arete of the buttress L of the walkdown from this wall.

FA: Paul Gray, 1987

Start up the L arete of Wind Chill Wall then veer R at half-height. Suspect rock and protection.

FA: Dave Trehearne & Paul Gray, 1987

Sustained climbing up the L-most major crack on the wall.

FA: Dave Trehearne & Paul Gray, 1987

Up 2m R of THCE on small edges to the halfway ledge. Continue up the steep top crack on positive holds.

FA: Paul Francis & Nick Neagle, 1987

Wall between Reet Petite and The Icicle Works.

FA: Nick Neagle & Paul Francis, 1987

The crack R of Reet Petite to a rest at the horizontal break. Pull onto the steep top wall then head up slightly L on the bottomless ramp to a ledge. Finish directly over the summit boulder.

FA: Nick Neagle & Paul Francis, 1987

The next crack R of The Icicle Works.

FA: Paul Gray & Dave Trehearne, 1987

Begin about 10m R of GFTM and pick a line up to the highest part of this section.

FA: Paul Gray & Dave Trehearne, 1987

The climbs from Age of Consent to Robert's Final Crack are peppered on numerous small outcrops 200-300m south of Wind Chill Wall, above where the road begins its steep descent to South Gorge. The most prominent feature is the wide diagonal slash of Age of Consent.

FA: Paul Badenoch, Des Norman & Chris Oerman, 2007

Start just R of Age of Consent and take the L-leaning line above that route.

FA: Chris Oerman, Des Norman & Paul Badenoch, 2007

The discontinuous crack system on the R side of the Age of Consent buttress.

FA: Robert Brooks & Doug Brooks, 2007

The thin north-facing crack on the buttress to the R of Robert's First Climb.

FA: Paul Badenoch, Robert Brooks & Chris Oerman, 2007

Follows a thin crack on excellent light-coloured rock about 50m R of Heart of Stone.

FA: Des Norman & Chris Oerman, 2007

The NW arete of an upper buttress about 100m L of Age of Consent. Begin on the L and gain the arete by a nice move.

FA: Robert Brooks & Doug Brooks, 2007

Chimney the tight N-S pointing gap between two mid-level buttresses 20m R of Robert's Arete.

FA: Robert Brooks (solo), 2007

On an upper buttress about 20m R of Robert's Squeeze. Begin 2m R of a large callitris and climb to the third horizontal. When nerve fails, move L to a stance in the tree, place an RP and continue up.

FA: Paul Badenoch, Des Norman & Chris Oerman, 2007

The centre of the Damage Control wall, with blinkers.

FA: Doug Brooks, 2007

The crack 2m R of Damage Control DF.

FA: Robert Brooks & Doug Brooks, 2007

Details are sketchy but this was a reasonably direct 3-pitch route that begins about a quarter of the way (from the L) along the big cliff that extends down to the South Gorge. The second pitch takes an attractive face/slab (crux).

FA: Robert Brooks, Chris Oerman, Doug Brooks & David Newell, 2007

The prominent LH corner mid way along the big cliff. Gear isn't so obvious on the first pitch. Apparently Simon Wilson climbed it a number of years ago.

FA: Ed Higginson & Frazer Baker, 2015

Thin crack beginning 3m L of Concerned Citizen to a short bottomless corner. Step R at the ledge and continue.

FA: Paul Badenoch & Des Norman, 2007

On a blade of red rock north of the South Gorge creek about 100m from the road. The diagonal crack near the R end to begin, then pull through the overlap (microcam) and continue just L of the arete. Tree belay.

FA: Paul Badenoch & Des Norman, 2007

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