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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'. Practically all crags are either in National Park or in council reserve: dog owners are reminded that dogs are not allowed in National Parks at any time and fines have been issued, while for crags on council reserve the BMCC leash law requires that dogs be on-leash.

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!


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The routes in this area are listed right to left as you come to them.

FA: M.Paynes, 1999

22 X Cheeky Thing Sport 8m

First bolt removed pending rebolt.. Doubt this will ever happen.

FA: B.Laursen, 1999


FA: I.Geatches, 1999

24 The Big Lebowski Sport 15m

Start: This and the next 2 routes share a common start.

FA: I.Geatches, 2000

27 ** Mattie Potatie Sport 15m

FA: I.Geatches, 2000

28 * You Can Float Sport 25m

FA: I.Geatches, 2002


FA: mark payens

23 * Big in Japan Sport 25m

FA: Mark Payens

project Project (Mark) Unknown
19 Sorcerers Apprentice Sport 20m

Lower off single bolt!

FA: J.Dodson, 1999

21 Too Soft Sport 20m

FA: J.Dodson, 2000

24 Sorcerer Unknown 25m

FA: Ian Geatches


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