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1. Sunnyside 22 routes in Sector

All Sport

Long/Lat: 150.297011, -33.535119


The main wall you see as you walk in also one of the most popular walls at Bell, perfect for a sunny winter day or summer morning.

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!

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Steve's New route

Steve G's new rig. Starts just left of Seamstress then a big leftward swing and finish up easier head wall. Thin and technical.

FFA: Steve Grkovic, 2015

28 Sport 25m
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
2 ** Seamstress-Less

As for Seamstress to the ledge and through its crux then out left via pockets and crimps..

Good fun if your bored of Seamstress.

FFA: Steve Grkovic, 2015

22 Sport 22m
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
3 *** Seamstress

The first climb on the Sunnyside and one of the best. Popular with lots of bolts. Starts up the obvious right leaning, shallow corner.

FA: Martin Pircher, 2010

22 Sport 22m, 10
4 ** Seamstress Direct

Boulder up the steep seam on gastons and very poor feet. Direct start to the 22 Seamstress. Has been upgraded to 27 on 8a.nu, you be the judge..

Set by @benjenga

FFA: Ben Jenga, 2011

26 Sport 20m
5 * An Angel Walks By

Up the short crack, then pumpy slopers to a couple of moves over the roof. Longer than you might think - be sure to take enough draws.

FA: Megan Turnbull, 2012

23 Sport 23m, 13
6 Another new route.

Start up Searching For The Light for the first 4/5 bolts then go direct for a quick boulder. Continue above the mini ledge to a new anchor.

24 Sport
7 ** Searching for the Light

This line provides a popular jug haul through scoops and now has a completely new finish... Now instead to going back right continue straight up to a new high anchor.. May be nicer the just break right to the higher of the 24's anchors.

Its all a little confusing up there at the moment..

FA: Megan Turnbull, 2012

23 Sport 24m, 14
8 * Searching for the Light Extension

The second half is also very worthwhile, with an intriguing crimpy sequence requiring good footwork,followed by a small rooflet

FA: Megan Turnbull, 2011

26 Sport 30m, 14
9 ** Troc de l’Ile

Climbs to the half-way ledge via some huge pockets and a couple of not so huge crimps. Can be used as an alternative start to Searching for the Light Extension

FA: Megan Turnbull, 2012

24 Sport 15m, 7
10 When the Spirits are Calling

Much more difficult than it looks, with unexpected and unusual moves. The rock is a bit crunchy.

FA: Megan Turnbull, 2012

21 Sport 15m, 8
11 ** The Dreaming Void

Great 24 to ledge, then the L-facing little corner above, all the way to the highest roof. Pumpy as!

25 Sport 29m, 12
12 ** Parallax Error

Stick clip first and perhaps the second bolt as well, A couple tricky clips.

Boulder out the hard start then a couple of big moves lead you up to the crux through bulge and up onto the face to join onto The Dreaming Void. Long and fun.

FFA: Thom Samuels, 2012

27 Sport 30m, 12
13 A Rover in Time

Trends L, with a few bits of blocky boomy rock but apparently it's all solid ... now.

24 Sport 15m, 10
14 * A Rover in Time Extension

A satisfying line that goes all the way to the top of the cliff. Desperate 27 if you’re short, but more like 25 if you’re tall, so we’ve given it 26 as an average.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2012

26 Sport 30m, 16
15 *** House of Suns

An easy start provides access to the magnificent second half. Move slightly left at the last bolt before finishing directly up to the anchors. The upper half looks amazing.

FFA: Steve Grkovic, 2012

30 Sport 25m, 11
16 *** The Reality Dysfunction

Ultra classic. Mostly superb jugs to a rest just before the redpoint crux right at the end. Take a ticket!

FFA: Steve Grkovic, 2010

25 Sport 20m, 12
17 *** Realized Ultimate Reality Linkup

This great linkup provides an easier approach to the high inviting corner/arete of La Realite N’Existe Pas. Pumpy for the grade.

FFA: Steve Grkovic, 2011

26 Sport 20m, 11
18 *** La Realite N’Existe Pas

The first route to be bolted on this section of wall. Heads left after the 4th bolt and then up to a bouldery crux on the lip of the roof to gain the high corner/arete.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

28 Sport 22m, 10
19 *** Event Horizon

Another ultra classic. Steep pumper with many quality boulder problems split by good rest jugs. A very unique crux.

Start up the first 4 bolts of LRNP and keep on heading up.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

27 Sport 22m, 10
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
20 Quel Bordel

Interesting steep climbing with a bit of crap rock at the bottom. Shares the same first two bolts with YOTSB.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2013

24 Sport 20m, 11
21 Year of the Sun Bear

Awkward corner to ledge. Watch for ledgefalls for the first few bolts off the ledge.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

25 Sport 20m, 10
22 ** Accretion

The blunt arete at the far R of Sunnyside Main Wall. Amazingly overhanging and exposed, but consisting of easy, well protected climbing.

A grotty start up 5 fixed rungs guards this gem. Easily up rungs (clip a draw to the rungs if concerned), then up past 2 bolts to original belay ledge (optional belay stance here). Continue up and left on obvious jugs past 4 bolts to below roof. Up and vaguely right following line of least resistance past 3 more bolts, then back left onto good orange rock and up to anchor below massive roof. A 60m rope MIGHT just reach on stretch (tie a knot in the end), or if not, lower to belay ledge and re-thread from there.

It is possible to continue up past the roof to anchors at the clifftop via 3 more bolts (making a giant 45m pitch). The last 10m or so is average climbing but in a great position. To escape, you need to re-thread on lower-off back under the roof, or climb on 2 ropes and rap.

Set by Paul Thomson, 2014

Set by Paul Thomson, 2014

FA: Paul Thomson, 2014

Set by Paul Thomson, 2014

21 Sport 35m, 15

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
21 ** Accretion Sport 35m, 15
When the Spirits are Calling Sport 15m, 8
22 *** Seamstress Sport 22m, 10
** Seamstress-Less Sport 22m
23 * An Angel Walks By Sport 23m, 13
** Searching for the Light Sport 24m, 14
24 A Rover in Time Sport 15m, 10
Another new route. Sport
Quel Bordel Sport 20m, 11
** Troc de l’Ile Sport 15m, 7
25 ** The Dreaming Void Sport 29m, 12
*** The Reality Dysfunction Sport 20m, 12
Year of the Sun Bear Sport 20m, 10
26 * A Rover in Time Extension Sport 30m, 16
*** Realized Ultimate Reality Linkup Sport 20m, 11
** Seamstress Direct Sport 20m
* Searching for the Light Extension Sport 30m, 14
27 *** Event Horizon Sport 22m, 10
** Parallax Error Sport 30m, 12
28 *** La Realite N’Existe Pas Sport 22m, 10
* Steve's New route Sport 25m
30 *** House of Suns Sport 25m, 11