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Description:© (mjw)

Arete 40m left of 'Catch the Wind'. Follow faint path underneath amphitheatre to Arete. Or rap 40m down route from top anchors.

Rebolted March 2016.

Start: Stick clip new ring and aid your way to hanging belay. (best to have belayer on the ground).

  1. 20m (23) Thin, balancy traverse to 'Arete' then up to DBB passing 4 more bolts and cam (0.5 C4).

  2. 10m (25) Up face following 2 rings to start of crack. Up spectacular overhanging finger crack (past old FH, possibly not needed) to lip and up a long way to DBB.

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.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: J.Smoothy & G.Bradbury, 1986


Located in Catch the Wind Area approx:
Lat/Long: -33.592658,150.248276

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