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Description

Once the focus of Blueys climbing, its now seen a fair bit of regeneration. Mt Piddington is our premier trad climbing area. Lots of variety from old school mixed climbing through to state of the art sport climbing and even bouldering. Mt York has free camping and is the 'end' of the Blue Mountains - its also the Blueys instructional area. Mt Vic has a great pub, an old art deco movie theatre, a museum and many fine bushwalks for the non climbers. Its 6km from Blackheath.

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'.

Ethic inherited from Blue Mountains

Mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule in the Blueies. 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. Generally it's best to leave all this sort of stuff to the local climbers.

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Name
Style
Climbs
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Height
Grades
 Trad,  Sport and other styles
272
7,737
40m
11
50
2,670
20m
19
83
31m
1
32
357
43m
Zig Zag Crag
122
1,932
27m
5
16
165
14m
6
14
31m
10
99
29m
1
 Unknown,  Sport and other styles
86
338
22m
 Trad,  Sport and other styles
237
7,048
22m
14
New York Crag
 Sport,  Trad and other styles
84
2,048
13m
2
58
266
10m
15
177
4,655
23m
6
Zap Crag Crag
38
978
20m
1
31
132
17m
Hartley Crag
 Unknown,  Trad and other styles
242
702
27m
1
22
30
22m
7
 Unknown,  Trad and other styles
57
195
43m
17
97
15m

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