The Sporting Complex

  • Grades: AU
  • Approach time: 15 mins
  • Photos: 7
  • Ascents: 199


A fantastic morning out. Rap in-climb out.

The rap point is at the top of 'Smoko' - you have to scramble down a few metres to them (take care!). Always a good idea to take a separate rap rope and leave it in place - just in case.

If you want, it is possible to do all the routes off the ledge. You will need a 60m rope or longer. All the routes start off the same small dirt ledge, so it can be cosy if more than one group is here.

The sun hits the crag at about 1:30pm in summer.

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Access issues inherited from Medlow Bath

Be wary of where you park, ensuring not to block any driveways or leave any rubbish. The crags are located on land owned by The Hydro Majestic, so act appropriately.


The approach is a bit of a rabbit warren of small foot tracks getting less and less distinct as you get further from the carpark. Check the guidebook.

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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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Starting up the easy slab a few metres left of Life of Riley, this line climbs the speckled orange streak near the vegetated crack, deviating into the crack briefly at the 7th bolt (where it would be contrived to avoid it) and rejoining the face at the 8th bolt, before heading through the bulge and up the vibrant orange streak to the top on weird pockets. Avoid straying off-route onto life of riley at the last hard moves.

Set by Paul Thomson, 2 Jun 2015

FA: Paul Thomson, 28 Jun 2015

Super-sustained climbing, tackling the most intense bits of Being and Nothingness and Buckley's Chance on the best rock.

Start up Life of Riley and continue up Buckley's Chance. Put a long sling on the 10th bolt (where the corner arches back right), step left and put a long sling on the bolt under the rooflet of Being and Nothingness, and blast up the mega headwall with increasing difficulty to a final reachy and very committing finale.

FA: Paul Thomson, 9 Aug 2015

Long sweet wall route with no shale bands or ledges. Start up Life of Riley for two bolts then break left and up face. At 8th bolt step left into major corner feature (vegetated). Stem up this for a few metres then finish up juggy headwall to join into Life Of Riley at last bolt. 14 bolts in total.

Set by Paul Thomson, 11 Jun 2015

FA: Neil Monteith & Paul Thomson, 9 Aug 2015

The grand classic of this wall. One of the best routes of this style in the mountains. Rebolted 2004.

FA: G. Child & J. Smoothy, 1993

Rebolted 2004, and much appreciated. However, be aware that the first bolt was moved lower, unfortunately into some very hollow rock.

Start: Start where the abseil lands you.

FA: G. Child & M. Law, 1993

Start up Smoko, at the 2nd bolt head directly R to the 1st bolt on Leviathan, then up via power-crimping moves to gain the black streak that runs the length of this wall. Follow the black streak around the first steep flake, and up the wall staying between Smoko and GABDUY through the surprisingly steep final bulge (moving slightly R up the flake to gain a series of pockets, then back L up the line of bolts) to topout on top of the boulder.

Set by Paul Thomson, 2 Jun 2015

Set by Paul Thomson, 11 Jun 2015

FA: Paul Thomson, 28 Jun 2015

Can be climbed easily and more pleasantly in one long pitch - take several very long runners.

  1. 15m (19). As for LACS, belaying on triangular foot ledge on the arete.

  2. 20m (24). Directly up arete (as for up LACS pitch 2 past two FHs) then, where LACS's FHs trend R, head a little left and up following rings to finish on the right side of the block above the bulge, where anchors/loweroffs have been installed.

FA: J. Smoothy, 1999

Exposed and exciting (and due for a rebolt). Do not try and combine the pitches.

  1. 15m (21) Step R and up off the ledge, then follow the traverse line 5m R to near the arete. Up face on jugs, then step R to finish on the arete on triangular foot ledge. TBB.

  2. 20m (21) Follow the FHs up, then hard R (some long runners helpful) to super exposed arete conclusion. New anchors/loweroffs have now been installed. Escape right and up past anchors for the mystery line.

FA: G. Child & M. Taylor, 1993

About 8m R of p2 of LaCS is a line of bolts. It looks like you'd have to rap in as it starts in the middle of nowhere.

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