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Short, steep little routes - a perfect place to leave the kids for the afternoon.

Access issues inherited from Bardens Lookout

* Temporary Access Change * Following the 2013 bushfires, the Collit's Crevasse and Lawson's Gully areas are no longer accessible from the main stairway entrance to Bardens (i.e., you can't turn right at the bottom of the stairs). Please respect the re-vegetation effort. Access to these areas is possible via Wentworth's Gully in Mt. York.


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!


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Start: First route to the left og the gully steps. Committing finish

FA: E Rutherford, 2006

24 ** Jean Genie Sport 18m

2m R of RAR.

FA: A.Prehn & R.Young, 1983

22 * Who Killed Bambi? Sport 20m

As for JG then out R and up. Rebolted 2004

FA: A. Prehn & R. Young, 1985

27 * Crank Fatboy Sport 15m

2m R.

19 * Zowie Trad 30m

Corner. Now not overgrown. There are a couple of rusting pitons that are best left alone. Small cams and wires instead. Will be great with a bit of a clean and some more traffic now there are lower offs.

Standard rack with extra small cams.

FA: A.Prehn, 1982

24 * Careless Memories Sport 12m

FA: A.Prehn, 1982

23 ** Major Tom Sport 12m

FA: M.Pircher, 1999

23 * It's no Game Sport 12m

FA: R.Young & A.Prehn, 1985

23 * Scheme of Things Sport 12m, 5

FA: R.Young & A.Prehn, 1983

23 ** Puppy Fat Sport 10m

FA: G.Colville, 2006

24 ** Chicken Skin Sport 12m

FA: Mitch Warren


Start as for Chicken Skin then rightwards traverse and through roof.(Direct start still being projected!)

FA: S Puchala, 2012

24 ** Goosebumps Sport 10m, 4

This is Grant's first 'new' route in the mountains, and all caught on camera - except the swearing! Could be harder than 23? Although he had a long draw on the anchor he still refused to take the tick until he could clip the actual chain! Im sure he will 'tick' everyone off about this in years to come if they attempt to claim the tick without doing the final mantle. The second ascentionist was also made to go to the chain, after falling off it one the first attempt. That's integrity for you!!!

Start: 5m right of SoT, at cairn.

FA: Grant Colville, 2006

24 ** It Beat A Circus Sport 12m

Ah shoulda seen it, you shoulda seen it..

Start: 4m right.

FA: M.Warren, 2011

FA: M Warren, 2011


Start: 4m right of 'It Beat a Circus'.

Set by M Warren, 2011

FA: M Warren, 2011


At the right hand end of the cave.

FA: E Rutherford, 2006

26 * Turkey Slap Sport 7m

about V4 - old boulder problem from the early days. just had to be bolted.

FA: R Bombala, 2007

FA: R.Bombala, 2007


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