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The Crag is small by Blue Mountain standard's, being about 100 metre's long broken up by several large caves. 'Purgatory Wall' recieves sun about Midday, while 'Bull Ant Wall' is in sun up to about 2-3pm. Kev's boulder is shaded from around 11am onwards. The wall's range from slabs to over vertical and are all quite short. If it looks like it might rain up in the Bluey's 'The Heights' might make a good alternative.
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'.
The Height's is located in the Lower Blue Mountain's near Winmalee overlooking the Nepean river.
From Springwood head north along Hawkesbury Road to the until you get to the Hawkesbury lookout where you park your car. Head down the road, near the end of the barriers step over and follow the faint track. Once at the cliff edge, head left for about 100 metres where you can scramble down to the base of 'Purgatory Wall'.
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.
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