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Steep sport climbing.

Access issues inherited from Bardens Lookout

* Temporary Access Change * Following the 2013 bushfires, the Collit's Crevasse and Lawson's Gully areas are no longer accessible from the main stairway entrance to Bardens (i.e., you can't turn right at the bottom of the stairs). Please respect the re-vegetation effort. Access to these areas is possible via Wentworth's Gully in Mt. York.


Ethic inherited from Blue Mountains

Although sport climbing is well entrenched as the most popular form of Blueys climbing, mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule over the long term. Please try to use available natural gear where possible, and do not bolt cracks or potential trad climbs.

Because of the softness of Blue Mountains sandstone, bolting should only be done by those with a solid knowledge of glue-in equipping. A recent fatality serves as a reminder that this is not an area to experiment with bolting.

If you do need to top rope, please do it through your own gear as the wear on the anchors is both difficult and expensive to maintain.

It would be appreciated if brushing of holds becomes part of your climbing routine - do it with a soft bristled brush and never a steel brush!

The removal of vegetation - both from the cliff bases and the climbs - is not seen as beneficial to aesthetics of the environment nor to our access to it. However, the fast growing scrub can conceal walking tracks in mere months, so bringing a pair of secaturs and pruning as you walk is a good way of helping out with the constant task of track maintenance. Some appropriately discreet pruning is a far better alternative then track braiding (which causes far more damage). It's also a good warmup for your forearms!


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Pumpy, steep Greatness!...and a cop out.

Start: Batman the first bolt of TWoAF

28 *** The Way of All Flesh Sport 25m

Boulder problem to pumpfest. Start freed by Mark Baker.

Start: Around the corner in the steep stuff.

FA: S.Butler, 1992

project Project - Open Unknown
30 *** Booby Trap Sport 20m

Start: As for 'Bloodline' through roof, left a move and then straight up

FA: Julian Saunders, 2011

31 ** Bloodline Sport 20m

Whew...smiles all around!

FA: B.Littleford, 2009

30 * Brain Haemorage Sport 20m

Apparently good climbing but there may have been some slight 'drill slipages' by the route equipper!

Start: 4m right of WoAF.

FA: V.Day, 2005

7 son accidently bought it on Gumtree.

Set by M Warren, 2009

FA: Nigel Campbell, 2013


Start: On right wall underneath overhanging buttress 20m right of 'Brain Haemorage'.

FA: M Warren, 2009


Old school sport route...would have been graded 17 in the early '70s.

Start: 5m right

FA: M Warren, 2010


Varied and interesting...not at all like the routes to the left. New bolts, sudden popularity!

The last move to the old anchor doesnt add any grade but sure adds to the excitement. Jump back and clean of the new anchors.

FA: G.Fieg, 1995


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