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About 50m around the corner from the last climb on Arrivals Lower.

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'. Practically all crags are either in National Park or in council reserve: dog owners are reminded that dogs are not allowed in National Parks at any time and fines have been issued, while for crags on council reserve the BMCC leash law requires that dogs be on-leash.

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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24 ** Blowtorch Sport 18m, 10

Short roof to start the swing up to the wall on slopey jugs, varied climbing with a committing move up high.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2011

23 * Whistle Blower Sport 18m, 11

Start at juggy prow and up wall to ledge then try to find the crux holds in time.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2012

24 ** Thar She Blows Sport 14m, 7

A surprisingly long section of steep and juggy climbing that is fairly rough on the skin - but this might allow you to still hold on when totally pumped!

FA: Lloyd, 2011

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2011

24 ** Body Blow Sport 12m, 6

In the middle of crag. Up wall and out the roof on flakes etc before heading rightwards to finish. A long draw is recommended for the 5th bolt.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2012

27 ** Full Blown Frenzy Sport 11

Start up Body Blow for 3 bolts then traverse left finishing at Pelorus Jack anchors

Set by lloyd wishart, 2016

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2016

FA: lloyd wishart, 2016

29 * Pelorus Jack Sport 12m, 8

climb straight into frustrating roof boulder problem then head leftwards towards another hard move before exiting to anchors

Set by lloyd wishart

FA: Chris Simpson, 2016


Alternate start to Pelorus Jack. starts in corner on small holds for 2 rings then joins P.J.

Set by lloyd wishart

25 ** Holelipstick Hippy Sport 16m

Start on ledge then jug leftwards and up with a slopey crux at the lip of the roof, keep pumping the jugs up the steep head wall.

FFA: steve grkovic, 2012

28 * Blowpipe Blast Sport 14m, 9

24 climbing to ledge then wrestle with the holds and the bad feet to the anchors.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2013

27 * Bloated Blowfish Sport 14m, 9

Technical hard start leads to a rest, then an even harder crux and steep finish.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2011

24 ** Up. Sport 18m

Action packed new route up the arete right of blow. Big start move then hold on through some steep moves to a ledge. Hard face moves follow then great jugs to the top. If the first move is to big then start up Blow and traverse across.

Set by Ben JengA, 2014

FFA: Ben JengA, 2014

22 ** Blow Sport 10m, 7

Popular, with a hard start that is either dynoed out right, or tackled via small holds on the left. Second half finishes up a short section of attractive rock on good holds.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2011

22 ** Blow Over Sport 20m

The Blow extension. From the anchors of Blow - continue up and leftwards to lower off at the top of the cliff.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2015

22 * Kiama Sport 20m

Start left of tree. Straight up till it gets easy then rightwards to shared lower off with BO. Stay left of the bolts for 22

FA: Jason Lammers, 2015

The following section has some really good easier graded routes. Stays in the shade here till just after lunch. Lots of bolts and convenience are the name of the game here!

21 * Perkins Paste Sport 20m

Bit of a thin move about 1/3 of the way up

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2013

20 * Araldite Sport 20m

Tricky start and exciting finish, there is a hidden bolt before the last move.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2014

17 * Aquadhere Sport 15m

The lower section has some cool pockety holds.

FA: Martin Pircher, 2013

19 ** Aquadhere - Extended Sport 20m

The second last bolt on Araldite is next to the anchors on this one so you might as well keep going to the top of the cliff and clip another (hidden) bolt on the way and lower off Araldite.

16 * Kwik Grip Sport 15m

Pleasant climbing with a slightly steeper section above the little roof.

FA: Martin Pircher, 2013

16 * Blow Me Sport 16m

Right of ferny crack; mostly straightforward with plenty of holds and a little move three quarters of the way up.

Set by Viona Young & Wade Stewart, 2015

FA: Viona Young, Jason Lammers & Wade Stewart, 2015

15 * Clag Sport 15m

The right side of the juggy orange streak.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2014

FA: 2014

16 * Blow Dry Sport 15m

The left side of the juggy orange streak.

17 * Louie Gets The Blow Sport 14m, 5

A couple of moves to get started. Right of BF.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2015

18 * Blow Fly Sport 15m, 8

The furthest left climb at The Blowhole. Tricky start with a nice flake up high.

FA: Wade Stewart, 2015


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