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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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20 Dr Foopsickle Sport 8m

Rebolted 2004

Short n sweet

FA: B. Hodgeson, 1988

29 ** Levitation Sport 10m

You can keep your feet on if you are tall.

FA: J.Scarborough, 2001

33 *** Moonshadow Sport 20m

Start: up levitation then move rightwards into search and destroy, eliminates the batman start to SAD and is the BEST/ONLY way to climb this route!!!

FA: Garth Miller

32 *** Search and Destroy Sport 10m

Batman start.

Start: Route 60m to the left of 'Dr Foopsickle'.

FA: Lee Cossey


A little easier finish to inertia. When you feel the pain at the top of inertia why not flop out right to the jug and do 2 reachs to the top of S&D.

FA: ben cossey., 2006

30 ** Inertia Sport 10m

FA: L.Cossey, 2001

** Project Sport 12m

FA: P.Sage, 2000

27 * White Linen Sport 14m

Rebolted 2004. Apparently its only 27 if you dont clip the third bolt! Not climbed for few years because of this, but a great cimb never the less! There is a slight right hand varient that AVOIDS the crux and the best moves which makes the climb a 'comfortable' 26! What stupidity!!

FA: M. Baker & K. Carrigan, 1992

24 ** NLJ Sport 10m

FA: B. Hodgeson, 1998

The next three routes start about 25m L of White Linen and share the same start.

27 *** Better than Nothing Sport 15m

Jumpfest. Dyno your way to glory. Was 26 for ever until the GYM junkies arrived!

Start: Start as for Tutu Sullied Flesh. Head right and then up through a couple of big moves.

FA: M. Baker, 1998

29 ** Tutu-sullied Flesh Sport 15m

A good fun gymnastic route by all accounts.

Start: Start at the large sandy ledge about 15m left of the first routes in this area.

FA: S. Johns, 1992

30 ** Temptation Sport 15m

Hard stuff.

Start: Start as for Tutu Sullied Flesh.

FA: L. Cossey, 2002


FA: L. Wishart, 1997

26 Nappies Patrique? Sport 10m

FA: M. Law, 1995


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