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Maybe it used to be mossy but it's pretty nice now with lots of traffic.

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'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible.

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! However, do so only on Council land and not in the National Park.


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Carrots on traverse, ring bolts on vertical section. Tops out to 2 bolt belay.

Rebolted 6-01-2007

SSGICs (Stainless Steel Glue-in Carrots), with FH at crux, to lower-offs. (Optional top-out with 2 bolt belay).

FA: A Brown & M Pearce, 2000

SSGICs, with FH at crux, to lower-offs. (Optional top-out with 3 bolt belay).

Rebolted 2-12-2006.

FA: D Barlow, 2000

SSGICs, with FH at crux, to lower-offs. (Optional top-out with 3 bolt belay).

Rebolted 2-12-2006.

FA: C Hale, 2000

Stainless FHs and one RB to lower offs or top-out with 2 bolt belay.

FA: J Boyton & E Fairleigh, 2000

Carrots, some with fixed hanger, to top-out with 2 bolt belay.

FA: M Pearce & A Brown, 2000

SSGICs to top-out with 2 bolt belay.

FA: J Boyton, 2000

Between unknown and jug city. Straight upwards and out. First ascent was a solo (in thongs)

Dirty route R of 'Jug City'

FA: Unknown, 2006

Obvious gap between hesitation and Unknown. Nothing too special. Full of dirt and moss. "Wonder if someone has gone up that before? Well, someone is going to have now"

FA: William hamer, 2016

FFA: William hamer, 2016

SSGICs to top-out with 2 bolt belay.

FA: J Boyton, 2000


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