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Description

Apart from 'Showpiece' the routes in this area haven't been assessed regarding the fixed protection or their value.

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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'.

Approach

The area above the GW Hwy. Hence the name. 'Access' from Mitchell's Ridge 'Lookout', turn left at the toilet - yes, there are toilets - and park almost immediately on the left (small clearing covered in trash). Head for the obvious 'big' tree then leftish until you can see the big boulders. Down the rock shelves to cliff top.

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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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Routes

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20 * Snail Special Unknown 25m
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23 Controlled Burning Unknown 30m
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20 * Public Spectacle Unknown 25m
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19 ** Showpiece Trad 30m

SSGIC's replaced 2004

FA: L. Trihey, W. King, 1987

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21 Workmates Unknown 40m
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22 Rollover Unknown 30m
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21 Hot Prospect Unknown 30m
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23 ** Punks On the Pass Unknown 30m
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14 M3 Tarantula Aid 52m

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