Farside All sport climbing39 routes in cliff
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THIS CRAG WILL BE CLOSED 9-27 MARCH 2015, due to roadworks on Glenraphael Dr. A very good sunny day alternative as it stays in the shade to late in the day. The left side of the main wall starts getting sun about 2.30 in summer, the steeper right side gets another hour or more of shade Not a crag that you want to spend any time at if its windy or colder than about 15C. Much of this info is thanks to Steve Grkovic and Megan Turnbull at www.BMTopos.com, paper guide can be printed from site.
Access issues inherited from Katoomba Area
ALL NARROWNECK CRAGS ACCESSED VIA GLENRAPHAEL DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED 9-27 MARCH 2015, due to roadworks.
25 mins on the fire trail (or less than 10 mins on a mountain bike - well worth bringing), then a 15 min walking track approach. There is a 15m downclimb aided by fixed ropes and rungs, most people don't rope up for this but take care.
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!
A massive thanks to all those who help develop this area.