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As its name suggests, it is the prominent grey slab near the descent from the gated Fire Trail at the end of Centennial Glen Rd. Easy routes, some with rings, and some with carrot bolts. All have lower-off's.

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.


At the left end of the crag (facing out).

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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!


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Off the ledge to the left of the dead tree. Ringbolts. Good!

FA: C.Martin, 1985

19 * Country Special Sport 18m

Carrot bolts! Starts at the left of the two white gums.

FA: J. Smoothy, F. Lumsden & C. Martin, 1985

18 * The Bandoline Grip Sport 18m

Follows the obvious orange streak up the middle of the wall. Ringbolts.

FA: C. Martin & J. Smoothy, 1985

17 Stormy Monday Sport 18m

Carrot bolts!

FA: N. Crabb, 1991

20 * Nude Tuesday Sport 20m


FA: V.Petersen, 2001

18 Burning Jowls Sport 18m


FA: C. Martin & J. Smoothy, 1985

17 Good Fortune Sport 18m

Stickclip if you are short (tricky start). Ringbolts.

FA: D.Noble, 1990

13 Trinity Sport 18m

The line of ringbolts at far right of wall. New anchor 2015.

FA: C. Martin & R Chick, 1985


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