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Description

Small forgotten mini cliff and boulders behind the high voltage compound in Blaxland. 90% needs cleaning, can take a while to dry after rain but would make an ideal summer morning boulder spot due to the morning shade. Some old bolts are present on south end of the mini cliff, which is odd due to it only been 5 or so meters at that end(perhaps scouts or kids wall). Still plenty of potential and fun to be had.

Access issues inherited from Lower Blue Mountains

Be sensible.

Approach

Either park at the scout hall and walk up the footpath on the highway or park next to the brown brick units on the highway in the empty block(not sure about ownership). Then follow the fire trail next to the high power lines down around the back of the compound. Search for the obvious track leading down into the scrub. Follow the track down 15 meters hop down the couple of small rocks and on your left is the mini cliff.

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! However, do so only on Council land and not in the National Park.

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Unknown but information may in time come to light. All climbs on the mini cliff will be assumed to be already climbed and names and FA's will be changed if information comes to light.

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