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Many routes are 35m+ and will make your forearms feel like they have been bludgeoned by blood. Sun till 11am in the summer, and none in the winter. Wind proof gear is a must in the winter.

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.


After rapping in, walk 15m down the track and turn right. The wall looms over you after about 50m. Mind the cliff edge very close to the somewhat loose shaley track, it is a very big drop and there are spots where you wouldn't want to trip!

Descent notes

Mind your rope length as routes often lower off beyond the cliff edge, or at the very least significantly lower than where the route starts. You will need a 70m ROPE MINIMUM!

Ethic inherited from Elphinstone

There are many CLOSED PROJECTS in both sectors. As a matter of respect, stay off them unless you have permission from the person who bolted it or the project becomes listed as open.



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Bold sports climbing at its finest. Batman start, suck your gonads up and steel thy self for a memorable journey.

FA: Chris Coppard, 2012

Start off the large cairn and head straight up the left side of the arete and wall above to some long moves.

FFA: Chris Coppard, 2012

Start as per Pollux and head up the line of bolts into the tecky dihidral above.

FFA: Rowan Druce, 2012

Start from the cairn and head up and across the right face to rejoin the arete at half height. Boulder up leaning arete to finish above the small roof.

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2012

Wowsers! All time mega classic. Start as per Aristocat, boulder its main crux and then head into a mind boggling amount of sustained climbing, culminating with a potentially heart breaking finish. Absolute stonker!

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2013

Starts 5m right of Tiger Cat, cross the Velvet project at two thirds height, briefly into Tiger Snatch and gently rightward to motor up the headwall. Hoik your rig left and right while trying not to feel like a flag in a stiff wind. Sitting Bull joins into the same headwall finish.

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2013

Starts a few meters right of Beta Vinyl and goes up somewhere!

Tom O'Halloran closed project. 8m right of Beta Vinyl. Heads straight up, passing through the left end of the low horizontal break of Velvet project / Tiger Snatch.

Julian Saunders closed project. Start 2m right of Tom's project behind the large rock at cliff base. Head up and left to join the last few bolts of Tiger Cat.

Variant finish to Julian's project. Climb for 15m to obvious rest at small break. Head right to a funky crux, then back left to join Tiger Cat at the lip, just under the chain. Originally graded 29, general consensus is that it is a little harder. Enjoy Yourself!

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2012

For the most part this a Tiger Snatch variant. More 'doable' than Tiger Snatch as it avoids the complicated dyno in its upper section, albeit with an extra 20 move price tag. A route for the pumpers. Head left off the halfway rest as per Velvet Love. Clip a bolt, and then head upward and back to the right to clip a bolt of Beta Vinyl. Rejoin Tiger Snatch to the chain.

FA: Julian Saunders, 2013

A varient finish to Tiger Snatch. Instead of heading left under the final roof, head right to finish up Beta Vinyl.

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2013

Originally bolted by Rowan Druce and generously offered to the masses, Tom O'Halloran, seeing a classic on offer, was quick to pounce. Start as per Brummel Hook, then head straight up the immaculate orange stone to finish on the high black head wall. Slightly easier than Tiger Cat, this may see an upgrade.

FFA: Tom O'Halloran, 2012

Climb Sitting Bull to the final break. Instead out head up and left, go start up and right to join into the fridge hug section of Bandula. Finish as for Bandula. Lots of moves, no rest!

FFA: Tom O'Halloran, 2016

Start 2m right of Tiger Snatch before the ledge drops away. Sustained face climbing leads to difficult roof moves on typically wet holds. Breach this and head rightward into the water runnel.

FFA: Rowan Druce, 2012

One of the best lines at the crag!! Heads straight up the high flake above the Brummel Hook roof and keeps on going and going. Squeeze hard, keep tension and don't let go.

FFA: Rowan Druce, 2013

Start as per Brummel Hook and head right at the second bolt. Sustained and technical face climbing leads to a vague 'letter box' rest, and a series of boulder problems above.

FFA: Julian Saunders, 2012

Julian Saunders closed project. From the chains of Ristretto launch through the roof into what has to rate as one of the best dynos ever in the entire world. If you hold the swing, head right along the lip, up the wall, through the bulge, and into the the high corner systems. A 70m rope is a minimum if you are lowering from the chain.

Climb the first six bolts of Ristretto to the letterbox slot just above a small rooflet. Moves to the left and then straight up the wall between Ristretto and Brummel Hook. Make like a bird through the roof and continue on to finish as per Brummel Hook.

FA: Julian Saunders, 2016

Roof double dyno extension of Ristretto. Do Ristretto, dyno through the roof then keep on truckin up the face into the big block and break. Continue up to join into the last few meters of Brummel Hook. Full value

FFA: Tom O'Halloran, 2013

There are several lines to the right of Ristretto that end under 'the great roof' that are in the process of being bolted.

Lee Cossey closed project. Starts just shy of the wall splitting arete 15m right of Ristretto. Tends rightward to breach the main roof close to its right hand end, and up wall above.

Rowan Druce closed project. Straight up the obvious arete at the right end of the main wall.

Start as for Lord Elphinstone but then head diagonally across the wall to the right. Please talk with Rowan if you want to attempt this line while it is still a project.

Tom O'Halloran closed project. Start as for Lord Elphinstone and The Elephant Man then heads right and all the way up up up to and through the top roofs.

Tom O'Halloran closed project. Starts as per Green grass and head left at the second bolt.

The journey to the center of the earth could not be this epic. Start as per Green Grass diverging to the left at the seventh bolt when Green grass heads back to the right. Up Up Up, staying generally just to the left of Green Grass to finish under the high roof.

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2012

Lee Cossey generously gave this route to a visiting Frenchman who had become rather enamoured with it. Departs Green Grass after its crux and heads straight up and through a series of roofs and beyond. Finish at the chains for Zigzagonal.

FFA: Quentin Chastagnier, 2013

Started at grade 28, quickly went to 29 and may see another advance yet. Either climb with second bolt clipped, or use locking biners on the first (a backclip would see two people go to the valley floor!). Climb up and gently rightward to roof. Head around the lip and hit the accelerator. Traverse left above the lip, up several meters and then break right and up until your forearms resemble base ball bats and you feel like if you fall you will land in the valley way below. Use a minimum 70m rope or you may well land in the valley.

FFA: Lee Cossey, 2012

Not sure of the start yet, but it joins Green Grass on the upper headwall.


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