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Summary

The heart of Blue mountains climbing.

Access issues inherited from Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage listed area. The Grose Valley, the cliffs around Katoomba and much of the Narrow Neck peninsula are part of the Blue Mountains National Park which is managed by the NPWS. The Western Escarpment - where most of the climbing is - is Crown Land managed by the BMCC. While the NPWS Plan of Management nominates several locations in the National Park where rock climbing is deemed appropriate, the majority of the climbing remains unacknowledged. To maintain access our best approach is to 'Respect Native Habitat, Tread Softly and Leave No Trace'.

Ethic inherited from Blue Mountains

Mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule in the Blueies. 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. Generally it's best to leave all this sort of stuff to the local climbers.

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Style
Climbs
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Height
Grades
Big Top Crag
32
531
24m
82
7,877
21m
3
39
151
46m
117
5,985
14m
2
 Sport,  Trad and other styles
86
2,398
37m
1
19
30
12m
13
1,567
14m
 Sport,  Unknown and other styles
34
513
39m
Atlantis Crag
33
429
16m
6
7
18m
2
15
94
51m
22
41
100m
5
Mt Boyce Crag
 Trad,  Sport and other styles
187
2,602
43m
Rusty Crag
6
6
20m

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