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Description

Hundreds of granite boulders on and along the six foot track on the hill of the East bank of the Cox River in the Megalong Valley. Undeveloped area with great potential for development.

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'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible.

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.

Approach

Park your car on Aspinall road, 900 m before the Dryridge Estate (at 226 Aspinall Road, Megalong Valley) where the six foot track meets Aspinall road. Follow the six foot track on foot for approx 40 min and you will see the one foot crack boulder on the path.

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! However, do so only on Council land and not in the National Park.

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This striking boulder is right next to the six foot track, you cant miss it. Climb the crack and walk off the back.

About 20m up the hill from OFC, mantle the shelf on the left and stand up to follow the slopers on the lip to the right edge and top out. Walk off.

Close to WB, a black slab with some easy routes.

Close to WB, a black slab with some easy routes.

FA: 2016

Located 30m past OFC, on North side of fthe path just before the wombat hole. 3 hand jams and a sidepull gets you to the top. Walk off.

10 metres down from OFC along the path, a boulder with a perfect (mossy) scoop and an easy climb up.

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