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Description

A great long bouldering cave tucked down behind some houses in blaxland.

Avoid like herpes after rain or on humid days.

All the problems have been renamed in a "Surgery" theme as the original names have been lost to antiquity. Names and grades are welcome for the unnamed problems, I just haven't done them.

Access issues inherited from Lower Blue Mountains

Be sensible.

Approach

At Blaxland, turn off the Great Western Highway onto Coughlan Rd. Follow Coughlan Rd past the High School and over the railway bridge, and take the first right onto Honeyeater Cres. Where the road turns left, keep going straight ahead down what looks like a driveway. Follow to the bottom of the hill and around to the left. Park at the end of the straight just before the road starts heading back up the hill.

Descent Notes

From the carpark, find and follow the faint trail heading through the bush and down the hill. When it intersects another trail, turn left and continue until you see another faint trail (marked by a cairn) heading down towards the creek.

Follow this towards the creek (do NOT cross the creek), and then follow the base of the cliffline around to the left, continuing until the cliff opens up to reveal The Surgery.

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.

History

No history yet, has been climbed at for a long time. Any history is very welcome.

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Routes

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1
V4 Jack-knife Boulder

Start from the big jug. Out and up. Committing.

2
V6 Gingivectomy Boulder 7m

Long undercling traverse.

FA: Ben "JengA" Lane, 24th Sep

3
V3 * Nephrectomy Boulder

Start matched on the undercling. Big moves and Big fun

4
V4 ** Photocoagulator Boulder

Start at the back of the cave.

5
Prosthesis Boulder

Chipped.

6
V2 Oxycel Boulder

Same Start as Go Go Gadget but follows the left edge of the cave to finish on the black jugs.

7
V2 ** Go Go Gadget Boulder

Start in the rad underslot, big moves to a high finish

8
V3 ** The Nurse Boulder

Double side-pull start then up via crimps and slopes to the rail jug. A great problem and tricky until up figure out the beta.

9
V5 ** Doctor Boulder

Same start as Necrosis then hard move into The Nurse to finish at the jug rail.

10
V2 Necrosis Boulder

Start at double undercling then up via nice crimps to jug, direct start V1

11
V1 Botox Boulder

Start on jug right of the flake then undercling/side pull the the flake to finish on orange horn.

12
V2 * Rocky-Davis Boulder

Start match on the undercling up via slopes and crimps to the camps ledge then big moves to high jug pocket.

13
V0 Can you campus. Boulder

Simple campus from left to right

14
V3 Roof Pocket Boulder

Start on the X jug rail above the ferns, traverse the roof until the campus ledge then finsh up P13

15

This could go free just needs a ladder and a good scrub.

16
V4 * Hope Boulder

A fun campus problem, start with a small pocket and crimp, move right to finger jug, left hand to small crimp above then swing right to a good incut high edge, match.

17
V4 ** Say aaaaaaaah Boulder

Start on the big jug up to another jug pocket with glue on it then big moves up and right via crimps. Keep trucking right past another jug pocket to finish as teflon.

18
V2 ** Teflon Boulder

Crag classic. Start in the back of the cave, big moves on big holds. Finish on the high big sloper.

20
Anticipatory Anxiety Boulder Project 8m

Straight up the face of the highball boulder. Use of either arête is "out".

21

HIGH.. This problem is 6m+ Has top rope anchors.

22
V2 Sandy Candy Boulder 5m

Scary ground up high ball, left hand on the arete. Has top rope anchors.

FFA: Ben Jenga, 2012

23
V1 Excision Boulder 4m

Got better holds then the right hand side. Has top rope anchors.

24

Straight up the middle of the face to top-out mantle. USE OF EITHER ARETE IS "OUT"..

Thin and balancy with all the hardest moves in the top half.

FA: Paul Thomson, 30th Sep

25
V1 Gastroplasty Boulder 4m

Harder of the two sides. Has top rope anchors.

26

The ants are gone... :(

Once renowned as a "speed ascent problem" (as the crucial hold contained a nest of angry ants that swarmed once the hold was used), it's now a conventional and safe boulder problem.

Stand start, up via the one and only hold to top-out.

FA: Paul Thomson, 2012

27

Long block traverse from right to left. Start in small pockets on the top edge and traverse to the far left edge of the block

FFA: Ben JengA, 2012