- Height: 35m
- Ascents: 26
- Aka: Kaladan
- Description:© (mjw)
"The climb that Ikara is famous for and the only one that most people have heard of!" - A.Penney 1982
Start: Crack 33m right of T.
- 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!
First Ascent: Keith Bell & Ian Thomas
On a repeat ascent, a bolt was added by Damien Jones near the top of the crack. This was not placed or used on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd ascents.
Located in Ikara Head approx:
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Route Grade Citations
|20||Community registered grade|
|20||Rockclimbs in the Upper Blue Mountains|
|20||RockGUIDE: The Blue Mountains|
|20||Blue Mountains Climbing|
|20 ***||ACA Route Register|
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