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Description:© (mjw)

Up past difficult mantle, right up to break. Right to edge of arete and up to top. Belay 5m up from top-out on stainless carrots and walk off left. Re-bolted with stainless glue in carrots Dec 15

Direct start is 24.

Start: Thin crack 6m left of 'The Bells of Rhymney',

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.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: J Ewbank & J Davis


Located in Flake Crack Area approx:
Lat/Long: -33.604204,150.253168

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Route Grade Citations

15 Community registered grade
15 OZ Rock
15 ** ** ACA Route Register
15 *** RockGUIDE: The Blue Mountains
15 *** Blue Mountains Climbing
15 *** Blue Mountains Selected Climbing Areas
15 ***Nathan Poole
15 *** Rockclimbs in the Upper Blue Mountains

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Route quality

Overall quality score: 77%

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