Charles Creek Rock climbing12 routes in crag
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Small easy access crag close to town
Moderate sport climbs on local quartzite, with easy access from Alice Springs. You could ride your bike... Climbs are short but challenging.
Located within the Telegraph Station Conservation Reserve, there are no access restrictions.
Head N on the Stuart Highway out of Alice Springs for about 5km, then turn R onto a dirt track - ‘The Old Sturt Highway’. If you get to the Charles River bridge, then you’ve gone a little too far. Follow dirt track down, and then to the top of the rise (high clearance vehicle may be required), and park where track turns a sharp L and begins to head downhill under the bridge. The cliff is down R in the creek bed. Walking time 2 minutes.
Most of this cliff was bolted and never written up prior to 1995. Therefore most FA's around this time are First Recorded Ascents.
Face 1.5m L of useless white FH, past BR, then up to BR on SM. Step R up steep bulge to DBB
FA: Goshen Watts & Steve Thornton, 1996
A thinner but nicer climb. As for SM, but take line straight up from useless white FH. To get the extra points, don't stray off the line!
FA: Kieran Culhane & Damian Auton, 1994
R side of main cliff face. Climb starts 1m R of unused white FH. Climb face on the R of 2 FH, clipping them on the way. At chossy finger ledge head L and up past FH, and over bulge to top. DBB
FA: Allison Garrett & Steve Thornton, 1995
A very thin, slightly overhanging bolted line with Br at start a FH and Br at end .
FA: Mark Rewi, 2007
FFA: Justin Taylor, 2013
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