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1. Echo Gully 27 routes in Crag

Summary:
JFMAMJJASOND
seasonality
Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: 150.221462, -33.552645

Description:© (secretary)

Access gully with stairs.

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.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Ichabod Ichabod

Chimney.

Start: This and the next 4 routes are on the right side of the gully heading down.

FA: J.Lorinez,B.Blunt, 1974

11Trad 30m
2 Crow

Thin face climbing on very slight over-hanging wall to break then up. No bridging on the other route. Start is the crux. 7 RBs to anchors. Bold "old skool 80's" climbing on fair rock with potential for long falls.

FA: W.Moon,B.Cameron, 1980

20Sport 18m, 7
3 Paragon

FA: A.Prehn,R.Young,G.Hill, 1980

19Trad 23m
4 Holy Catfish

FA: A.Prehn,R.Young,K.Brown, 1980

15Trad 20m
5 * Tex Arcana

FA: J.Smoothy,C.Martin, 1984

20Trad 15m
6 * Hullaballoo

Brackets to lower offs

FA: Mort-Short Team

21Unknown 15m
7 Micron

Start: This and the next few routes start from the track on the left side of the gully coming down.

FA: D.Grey, 1986

21Trad 13m
8 Hollow Echo

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

9Trad 15m
9 Grey Power

FA: D.Grey, 1986

22Trad 12m
10 Second Echo

FA: B.Blunt, 1974

12Trad 18m
11 Echo Point

FA: A.Penney,J.Smoothy, 1982

15Trad 20m
12 Blonde at Both Ends

FA: C.Cuthbertson, 1980

22 RTrad 17m
13 Resonance

FA: J.Smoothy, 1979

18Mixed 20m, 1
14 Tintinnabulation

FA: J.Smoothy,A.Penney, 1984

19Trad 20m
15 Ablutions

FA: J.Smoothy,A.Penney, 1979

19Trad 25m
16 Misjudgement

The blunt arete at the base of the gully.

FA: A.Prehn,R.Young, 1983

18Trad 27m
17 CC Rider

On the Block opposite 'Misjudgement'.

FA: B.Turk, 1983

15Trad 9m
18 Safety in Numbers

FA: G.James,D.Grey, 1985

22Trad 25m
19 ** The Obituary

Corner crack. popular.

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

14Trad 30m
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
20 *** Atomic Punk

Face to the right of O.

FA: R.Young,A.Prehn, 1983

20Trad 25m
21 * Oblivious

Start up AP and head up arete on hangers and gear to lower offs.

FA: G. Sort, P.Mort

21Trad 20m
22 Oblivion

Quite a serious lead. Even Mikl cant remember how or why he did it or where it finishes!

Start: As for AP, then traverse right around prow and up slab with very little gear! Has a varient start to the right of the choss (S.Moon) which may keep going up the arete - carrots - or may not? Too many drugs in those days!

FA: M.Law,.Penney,J.Smoothy, 1978

20 XTrad 30m
23 Oblivion Variant Start 22Unknown 20m
24 * Moss' Effort

Up and to the right of 'Oblivion'.

FA: S.Moon,J.Smoothy, 1983

22Trad 25m
25 Confessions of a Wannabe

Slabby climbing to third bolt and then up. Runout between 2nd and 3rd (be careful). 4 or 5 RBs to anchors I think?? Originally graded 24 in the 2010 Bluies Guide.

22Sport 15m, 5
26 Refusal

Corner to the right of ME.

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

14Trad 25m
27 * The Knights of Nee

FA: J.Smoothy,F.Lumsden, 1984

17Trad 20m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
9 Hollow Echo Trad 15m
11 Ichabod Ichabod Trad 30m
12 Second Echo Trad 18m
14 Refusal Trad 25m
** The Obituary Trad 30m
15 CC Rider Trad 9m
Echo Point Trad 20m
Holy Catfish Trad 20m
17 * The Knights of Nee Trad 20m
18 Misjudgement Trad 27m
Resonance Mixed 20m, 1
19 Ablutions Trad 25m
Paragon Trad 23m
Tintinnabulation Trad 20m
20 *** Atomic Punk Trad 25m
Crow Sport 18m, 7
Oblivion Trad 30m
* Tex Arcana Trad 15m
21 * Hullaballoo Unknown 15m
Micron Trad 13m
* Oblivious Trad 20m
22 Blonde at Both Ends Trad 17m
Confessions of a Wannabe Sport 15m, 5
Grey Power Trad 12m
* Moss' Effort Trad 25m
Oblivion Variant Start Unknown 20m
Safety in Numbers Trad 25m