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Table of contents

1. Sooty Crag 13 routes in Crag

Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 150.273932, -33.670691

Access Issues: inherited from Medlow Bath

Be wary of where you park, ensuring not to block any driveways or leave any rubbish. The crags are located on land owned by The Hydro Majestic, so act appropriately.

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!

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Scorched Earth

FA: S. Bell, 2003

22 Sport 20m
2 ** Abbey Road (aka Chimera) / Chimera

Initialled start. Climbed on natural gear originally. Now bolted by some-one who thought it was a new route!

FA: Rod Young, Mark Burton, 1980

18 Sport 20m 2
3 ** Chimera Extension

Originally led on natural gear as one pitch of 40m. as Abbey Road Extension (not Chimera Extension)

FA: Rod Young, Mark Burton, 1980

23 Sport 40m
4 * Filed Away

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

20 Sport 20m
5 *** Wildfire

FA: M. File, 2003

24 Sport 20m
6 ** Vulcan

FA: S. Bell, 2003

22 Sport 25m
7 * Soo

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

19 Sport 25m
8 * Sweep

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

19 Sport 25m
9 *** Windy Row (aka Sooty) / Sooty

Climb to lower-offs at 20m, or continue to top.

FA: Rod Young, Mark Burton, 1980

16 Trad 25m 2
10 Updraft

FA: M. File, 2004

23 Sport 15m
11 Project

FA: S. Bell, 2000

12 ** Sooty

Requires gear to lower-offs.

FA: S. Bell, 2003

16 Trad 25m
13 ** Chimera

Extention makes it 23 and gives it another *! And adds 15m!

FA: M. File, 2003

18 Sport 20m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
16 ** Sooty Trad 25m
*** Windy Row (aka Sooty) Trad 25m 2
18 ** Abbey Road (aka Chimera) Sport 20m 2
** Chimera Sport 20m
19 * Soo Sport 25m
* Sweep Sport 25m
20 * Filed Away Sport 20m
22 * Scorched Earth Sport 20m
** Vulcan Sport 25m
23 ** Chimera Extension Sport 40m
Updraft Sport 15m
24 *** Wildfire Sport 20m
? Project Sport