- Height: 35m
- Bolts: 5
- Ascents: 7
Start from the massive initials and left along ledge and up past bolt to fist-sized cam break (ignore old bolt in scoop on left). Up easier ground past good runners to big ledge. Poor sling then big cams on lip and fixed hanger. Pull lip, good sling runners, then left up wall past 2 bolts, more slings another 5m then easiest to move left to Merlot Madness rings,
- 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!
First Ascent: Harry Luxford, 1966
Located in Slape Area approx:
Route Grade Citations
|15||Community registered grade|
|12||Rockclimbs in the Upper Blue Mountains|
|12||Blue Mountains Selected Climbing Areas|
|12||Blue Mountains Climbing|
Overall quality score: 38%
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