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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'.

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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19 Craigs Effort Unknown 30m
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22 ** Speak of the Devil Unknown 170m
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24 *** Oranges Poranges Unknown 45m
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27 * The Black Rose Sport 45m

From the lookout, head left down the hill along the cliffline (towards hanging rock) until approx 10m from the end of the ridge (the first rock platform back from the end of the ridge). Fix a rope and Rap 50m from here in the direction of Pierces Pass to a ledge (rap anchor can be made from a bollard south of where you rap, and backed up with 0.5, 0.3 and #1 BD cams underneath the platform). At the western end of the ledge (towards hanging rock) is the belay for the end of P2 of The Black Rose. Rap 25m down this to a semi-hanging belay, and again 20m down the very steep 1st Pitch (clip the rope through all the bolts on the way down) to fully hanging belay 150m off the deck.

P1 20m (27) - Up using arete and right face, with bouldery thin crux from the 2nd bolt. Easier sustained climbing above to semi-hanging belay.

P2 25m (20) - Up vertical and slabby face right of the arete to belay on big ledge.

Jumaar 50m up fixed rope and top out.

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19 The Edge Unknown 25m
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25 Garth's Route Unknown 35m
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23 ** The Great Outdoors Unknown 70m
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23 *** Northern Exposure Unknown 55m
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23 * Wild Wild West Unknown 45m
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20 * Oranges and Lemons Unknown 65m
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19 ** Burramoko Buttress Unknown 150m
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21 Sunset Dreaming Unknown 110m
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18 On The Wallaby Track Unknown 85m
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18 Panic on Hanging Rock Unknown 80m
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22 Stormfront Unknown 45m
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23 * Shoot Your Shot Unknown 25m
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19 Kiss or Be Kissed Unknown 60m
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23 *** Hot and Hunky Unknown 20m
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23 ** Big, Meaty Pork Chops Unknown 45m
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25 ** Human Cannonball Unknown 45m
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27 Hot Meat Unknown 12m
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21 Pants Packenn Mania! Unknown 55m
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18 Hayabusa Unknown 25m
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17 M5 Tarkan Corner Aid 180m

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