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Description

Not to be confused with Fort Rock, which is the 4m high rock outcrop / lookout at the top of the hill at the end of the Fort Rock walking track. While not a new crag it seems to have been forgotten about, which is a shame as the routes are quite good. Especially if you need a better warm up for Gateway than a tweaky 24. Crag faces west-southwest and is slightly overhung, so its shady until mid arvo. Apart from one route all the routes need some trad gear. And rebolting!

Access issues inherited from Gateway & Fort Rock

You can come in from Thirroul Ave along what looks like a bush track, but this actually involves trespassing on the school land.

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Approach

About 300m from Fort Rock, walk down at the North end of the crag. The track is faint, bring clippers and make some cairns to help prevent track braiding.

Descent Notes

The two central routes share lower-offs, the rest you have to top out then walk down.

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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Routes

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1
22 * Company C Trad 16m

No anchor - either top out or veer 5m R to the DRB above RtA.

FA: J. Smoothy, 1989

2
23 ** Remember the Alamo Sport 15m, 7

The middle route with good shiny FHs and lower-off.

FA: John Smoothy G.Williams, 2002

3
22 * F Troop Mixed 16m, 4

The route on old rusty carrots just right of the centre of the crag and the FHs. Juggy start (medium cams) to high BR, then nice wall climbing past another 3 BRs to trad finish (#2 Camalot + medium wire). Use shared lower-off with Remember the Alamo.

FA: J. Smoothy, 1989

4
22 * Cheddar Trad 16m

Old carrots, trad in between, and no lower-offs. Looks like it would be quite good if all this got fixed.

FA: M.Wilson, 1989

5
21 * Rogue Fort Trad 16m

Old carrots, trad in between, and no lower-offs. Looks like it would be quite good if all this got fixed.

FA: D.Whitehouse, 1989