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1. Lawsons Gully 33 routes in Crag

Summary:
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seasonality
Trad, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 150.219539, -33.556212

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'.

Approach:© (mjw)

The furthest righthand (looking out from the lookout) area of the 'Bardens Lookout' crags.

Ethic: inherited from Blue Mountains

Mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule in the Blueies. 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. Generally it's best to leave all this sort of stuff to the local climbers.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Pressure Drop

Mossy, sometimes!

Start: Up the gully for about 25m. 'Steep' wall on the left. Starts of the small ledge in the centre of the wall. Belay bolts.

FA: M.Colyvan,G.Bradbury,G.Moore, 1982

19Sport 17m
2 Joe the Lion

Groove, roof crack and wall.

Start: 13m right of the gully.

FA: R.Taylor, 2000

17Trad 40m
3 Lodger

Up to and over roof to ledge and belay.

Start: 5m right of JtL.

FA: R.Young,A.Prehn, 1982

20Trad 15m
4 Heroes

Groping!

Start: 11m right again. yellow rock.

FA: A.Prehn,R.Young, 1980

20Trad 20m
5 * Calamity Jane

4 metres left of Dragon's Tooth.

FA: Ivan Valenta

26Sport 20m
6 ** Dragons Tooth

Classic.

Start: The corner.

FA: J.Bishop,J.Aalders and Mr(?)Wilson, 1974

12Trad 30m
7 Project 1 projectUnknown
8 Mombassa - left arete of TS 20Unknown 25m
9 * Technical Stuff

Rebolted?

Start: 12m right of DT. Right side of the arete.

FA: J.Smoothy,A.Penney, 1979

17Trad 40m
10 * Hermaphrodite Hamster

Old 80's project rebolted.

Start: Up wall to R of 'Technical Stuff'

FA: March 2009

25Unknown 20m, 6
11 * Samnivel

Great wall climb. Thin in places. Rebolted 2009

Start: 3.5m right of TS.

FA: J.Smoothy,S.Knight,R.Weigand, 1982

22Sport 35m
12 Mistral

Up onto blocks then corner to top.

Start: Crack 3.5m right again.

FA: J.Bishop,J.Aalders, 1974

12 RTrad 30m
13 * Fohn

Direct start to Mistral. Start right of Mistral at crack leading to slab with single bolt below overhang. Climb thru overhang to join Mistral and step right at top to Panasonic Princes DRBB lower off

FA: W. Williams, A Halkyard, K Melville, 2009

15Mixed 25m, 1
14 * Panasonic Princess 21Unknown 22m
15 * Metabo Man

all carrots

FA: G.Short?, 2000

20Sport 25m
16 ** Mal's Mega Route

steep classic on good rock

Start: 4m right of M.

FA: M.Grey,J.Smoothy, 1982

23Sport 30m
17 ** Roger's Smegma Chute

A bit more sustained than MMR with an exciting overhanging dyno to finish. Beautiful rock. Add a grade if your reach is limited.

Start: Start up easy groove as for Mal's then 3m to the right.

FA: Roger, 2008

25Sport 20m
18 * Malignant Polymer

Start: 5m right of MMR.

FA: G.Weigand,G.Clark, 1983

22Trad 30m
19 Cosmetic

Start: 25m right of MMR. To bolt the up wall trending leftwards.

FA: D.Humphries,J.Smoothy,I.Anger, 1980

17Trad 25m
20 Here and Now (direct start) 19Unknown
21 * Here and Now

Has a choice of two starts.

FA: G.Short,P.Mort, 1999

17Sport 20m
22 * Krell

Rebolted?

Start: 5m right of 'Cosmetic'.

FA: J.Smoothy,D.Humphries,I.Anger, 1980

20Trad 30m
23 * Ferret's Route Direct Start

Awesome ! New bolts

23Unknown 25m
24 * The H'owl

Popular climb up a fine line!

Start: Obvious line up chimney then through corner and roof right of FR.

FA: M.Dunstan, 1974

19Trad 30m
25 * Ferret's Route 23Unknown 35m
26 * Stretch Marks

"His ex-wife died of stretch marks"

Start: On the wall 2m right of TH.

FA: J.Smoothy,T.Bernutt, 1982

21Trad 35m
27 * Laming Wall

The original route and the 'best' on the wall.

Start: 4.5m right of SM.

FA: J.Smoothy,D.Humphries,I.Anger, 1980

21Trad 25m
28 Tais Free

Looks quite good too!

Start: 2m right again.

FA: R.Weigand,J.Smoothy, 1982

20Trad 25m
29 Are Turkeys Electric?

To ledge, over bulge and to top trending leftwards.

Start: 6m right again.

FA: A.Prehn,J.Muir, 1980

21Trad 25m
30 Cheat Notes

To ledge, around overhang, up left then up.

Start: 4m right again.

FA: R.Weigand,J.Smoothy, 1982

23Trad 22m
31 Project?

Start: On wall right of DT.

FA: Unknown, 2000

Trad
32 .

Start: On wall right of DT.

FA: Unknown, 2000

20Sport 25m
33 * Ferrets Route Direct

Rebolted 2009

Start: Right of K. Left side of the arete. Original start as for TH, then traverse left, but now rebolted so go direct.

FA: I.Anger,J.Smoothy,D.Humphries, 1980

23Sport 20m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
12 ** Dragons Tooth Trad 30m
Mistral Trad 30m
15 * Fohn Mixed 25m, 1
17 Cosmetic Trad 25m
* Here and Now Sport 20m
Joe the Lion Trad 40m
* Technical Stuff Trad 40m
19 Here and Now (direct start) Unknown
Pressure Drop Sport 17m
* The H'owl Trad 30m
20 . Sport 25m
Heroes Trad 20m
* Krell Trad 30m
Lodger Trad 15m
* Metabo Man Sport 25m
Mombassa - left arete of TS Unknown 25m
Tais Free Trad 25m
21 Are Turkeys Electric? Trad 25m
* Laming Wall Trad 25m
* Panasonic Princess Unknown 22m
* Stretch Marks Trad 35m
22 * Malignant Polymer Trad 30m
* Samnivel Sport 35m
23 Cheat Notes Trad 22m
* Ferret's Route Unknown 35m
* Ferret's Route Direct Start Unknown 25m
* Ferrets Route Direct Sport 20m
** Mal's Mega Route Sport 30m
25 * Hermaphrodite Hamster Unknown 20m, 6
** Roger's Smegma Chute Sport 20m
26 * Calamity Jane Sport 20m
? Project? Trad
project Project 1 Unknown