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1. Echo Gully 27 routes in Crag

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

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!

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Ichabod Ichabod


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

FA: J.Lorinez,B.Blunt, 1974

11 Trad 30m
2 Crow

Thin face climbing on very slight overhanging 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

20 Sport 15m, 7
3 Paragon

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

19 Trad 23m
4 Holy Catfish

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

15 Trad 20m
5 * Tex Arcana

FA: J.Smoothy,C.Martin, 1984

20 Trad 15m
6 * Hullaballoo

Brackets to lower offs

FA: Mort-Short Team

21 Sport 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

21 Trad 13m
8 Hollow Echo

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

9 Trad 15m
9 Grey Power

FA: D.Grey, 1986

22 Trad 12m
10 Second Echo

FA: B.Blunt, 1974

12 Trad 18m
11 Echo Point

FA: A.Penney,J.Smoothy, 1982

15 Trad 20m
12 Blonde at Both Ends

FA: C.Cuthbertson, 1980

22 R Trad 17m
13 Resonance

FA: J.Smoothy, 1979

18 Mixed 20m, 1
14 Tintinnabulation

FA: J.Smoothy,A.Penney, 1984

19 Trad 20m
15 Ablutions

FA: J.Smoothy,A.Penney, 1979

19 Trad 25m
16 Misjudgement

The blunt arete at the base of the gully.

FA: A.Prehn,R.Young, 1983

18 Trad 27m
17 CC Rider

On the Block opposite 'Misjudgement'.

FA: B.Turk, 1983

15 Trad 9m
18 Safety in Numbers

FA: G.James,D.Grey, 1985

22 Trad 25m
19 ** The Obituary

Corner crack. popular.

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

14 Trad 30m
20 *** Atomic Punk

Face to the right of O.

FA: R.Young,A.Prehn, 1983

20 Trad 25m
21 * Oblivious

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

FA: G. Sort, P.Mort

21 Trad 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 X Trad 30m
23 Oblivion Variant Start 22 Unknown 20m
24 * Moss' Effort

Up and to the right of 'Oblivion'.

FA: S.Moon,J.Smoothy, 1983

22 Trad 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.

22 Sport 15m, 5
26 Refusal

Corner to the right of ME.

FA: B.Blunt,J.Lorinez, 1974

14 Trad 25m
27 * The Knights of Nee

FA: J.Smoothy,F.Lumsden, 1984

17 Trad 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 15m, 7
* Tex Arcana Trad 15m
20 X Oblivion Trad 30m
21 * Hullaballoo Sport 15m
Micron Trad 13m
* Oblivious Trad 20m
22 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
22 R Blonde at Both Ends Trad 17m