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Crag stays in the shade until about 2pm (upper zap gets into sun about 11)


Area below the final set of ropes. The Power Plant is one of our best local bouldering spots.

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'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible.

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.


Drive as for Mt York / Bardens, and follow the power lines. Park below the obvious high voltage tower (where the crag gets it's name) but don't block access to the substation on the left.

Keep walking down. 2 knotted ropes to descend.

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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Follow the arete the whole way with lots of really nice moves.

Start: The blunt arete at the bottom and 10m L of the fixed rope.

FA: M.Wilson, 2002

Quite cruxy for the grade.

Start: Start as for SD, at the corner crack 4m L of MM.

FA: M.Wilson, 2002

Follow the bolted crack all the way to DRB. Can be, and has been, done on gear!

Start: Start at the corner crack 4m L of MM.

FA: M.Wilson, 2002

The plum line of this sector.

Start: Start 3m L of SD.

FA: J.Kurko, 2002


steep long and easy. Classic at the grade.

FA: J.Kurko, 2002

Start: Corner (Broken) left of Z.

FA: M.Wilson & J.Kurko, 2002

Start: Right hand route on the short upper cliff.

FA: J.Kurko, 2002

This climb is usually done in one single continuous pitch but a 2RB anchor is available on the ledge at a height of 15m. The first pitch provides an additional easier graded climb at the crag.

  1. 15m (18)

  2. 25m (22)

FA: J.Kurko, 2002

Start: On the small upper cliff.

FA: J.Kurko, 2002

FA: J.Kurko, 2002


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