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An area 'classic'. Victoria's first 17, with a crux arguably deserving of at least a grade harder than that. Steep but juggy start as for 'Wishful thinking', then up the obvious crack all the way to the top.

This direct start is now the standard way to do the climb, but 'Witch Original Start' started as for 'Romulus' and traversed across left to the crack.

Route History:

  • First Ascent: John Fahey & Peter Jackson, 22 Apr 1964

    Direct start later added by Michael Stone in Dec 1965.


Located in Omega Block approx:
Lat/Long: -37.369510,144.596172

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Route Grade Citations

17 Community registered grade
Dave Scarlett
17 * ACA Route Register
17 Pocket RockGUIDE: Melbourne's Best
17 Pocket RockGUIDE: Black Hill, Camels Hump, Hanging Rock

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Overall quality score: 65%

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sweat solid crux desperate tough pumped challenging tired sandbag difficult hard good great fun classic nice scary fall tricky steep slippery feet rest fingers roof layback face easy jamming crack

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