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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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24 * Bending Moments Sport 10m

Start: The line of rings 10m right of the ladder.

FA: J.Clark & J.Kurko, 1995

22 * Dance of the Nymph Sport 10m


FA: G.Miller, 1993

19 Sly Drool Sport 8m


FA: V.Kondos, 1993

{FR} AU:19 * Unknown Short Arete Unknown 12m

same start as sly drool

23 ** Psychotic Sport 16m

FA: G.Miller, 1993

24 ** Blubber Plunge Sport 15m

Start 2m left of 'Mechanical Advantage'. up left to flake then through steepness to short corner/arete and up face to anchors

FA: S Hawkshaw, 2004

22 * Mechanical Advantage Sport 13m

FA: V.Kondos, 1993


FA: L & C.Hale, 1999

project Project (Frey) Unknown
12 * Anty Matter Mixed 25m, 2

Walk right (facing out) from bottom of ladder, through some bushes to a short wall to the right of a scrubby corner. Up the right wall past 2 carrots and trad gear.

FA: J Croker & R Croker, 2007

26 Nuklunda Sport 16m

Start: This and the next 2 routes start on the ledge.

FA: M.Law, 1993

25 Vibes Sport 16m

Start: On the ledge.

FA: M.Law, 1993


Start: On the ledge.

FA: M.Law, 1993

** Project Sport

Start: Short arete to the right.

24 * The Sweat Sport 15m

Walk over the hill and back down in gulley, or walk in from XXXX bouldering. Hard start and hard finish.

FA: Damo Taylor, 2006


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