Ben Trovato 20

  • Grades: AU
  • Height: 160m
  • Bolts: 3
  • Pitches: 7
  • Ascents: 56
  • Aka: Bentrovarto


"Cleverly found" indeed. Named "Bentrovarto" in guidebooks for many decades. However, Bryden says the name was contributed by his German climbing partner on the day, and agrees that using the correct Italian spelling is apt. A grand girdle adventure that spends as much time going across as it does going up! Originally done by starting up Colosseum Corner, it is 18 this way. But ever since the FA most people have climbed the crack 3m L of CC as the first pitch, which is 20. The rest of the route is many grades easier.

  1. 20m (20) A great sustained pitch - well worth doing in it's own right to the first rap anchor. The steep thin crack eats medium wires (a triple set isn't excessive). Long thought to be a whopping sandbag at grade 18, but this was because the FA actually climbed p1 of Colosseum Corner. The FA of this pitch is unknown.

  2. 27m (8) Traverse left and slightly up along the ramp the whole way, passing the RB anchors of 'Guillotine', 'Marxism', "Vespasian's Wall", miscellaneous ancient carrots, bomber trad, and at least one big loose block. Eventually, belay at Kizashi's DRBs, just before the ramp becomes an almost vertical corner.

  3. 13m (14) Steep leftwards corner/ramp to another bolt belay.

  4. 31m (-) To ledge, traverse left to nose and up to cave and old bolt belay.

  5. 16m (-) Left to chimney, across to bolt belay.

  6. 33m (-) Back right across gully onto right wall. Bulge to ledge, then left to tree.

  7. 13m (-) Back of horrible chimney gully and up, or more pleasantly up the right wall of gully.


Sublime Point is an old climbing area, with many routes dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Aid and mixed climbing was the fashion then, and the easier routes can be pretty bold for a modern climber. In the last 10 years there have been a lot of well protected sport routes added. This has been seen as controversial by some climbers who consider the crag a 'mixed' climbing venue.

inherited from West Face (Main Area)

Route history

9 May 1964

First Ascent: Bryden Allen & P Messenbergh, 9 May 1964


Lat/Long: -33.73516, 150.33731

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Grade citation

20 Community registered grade
18 Rockclimbs in the Upper Blue Mountains
20 ** ACA Route Register





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Don't Bother

Overall quality 72% from 34 ratings

Tick types

Red point
Pink point
Hang dog

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