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Table of contents

1. Sooty Crag 13 routes in Crag

Summary:
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seasonality
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 150.273932, -33.670691

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.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Scorched Earth

FA: S. Bell, 2003

22Sport 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

18Sport 20m
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

23Sport 40m
4 * Filed Away

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

20Sport 20m
5 *** Wildfire

FA: M. File, 2003

24Sport 20m
6 ** Vulcan

FA: S. Bell, 2003

22Sport 25m
7 * Soo

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

19Sport 25m
8 * Sweep

FA: M. Rofe, 2003

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

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

FA: Rod Young, Mark Burton, 1980

16Trad 25m
10 Updraft

FA: M. File, 2004

23Sport 15m
11 Project

FA: S. Bell, 2000

Sport
12 ** Sooty

Requires gear to lower-offs.

FA: S. Bell, 2003

16Trad 25m
13 ** Chimera

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

FA: M. File, 2003

18Sport 20m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
16 ** Sooty Trad 25m
*** Windy Row (aka Sooty) Trad 25m
18 ** Abbey Road (aka Chimera) Sport 20m
** 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