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Summary

Best featured granite boulders (with actual holds) in Canberra.

Description

A number of boulders can be found along Corin Road. Note that the crags in the Corin Road area (Bandido Wall, Hideout Wall, Square Rock etc) can be found under Gibraltar Peak. Like most of the rest of Canberra, the boulders around Corin Road are granite, and require good contact strength, balance and sometimes a fair bit of nerve to top out. Highball problems are a bit more common here, and there's a few that will test the V6 climber's nerve to the limits. The area has some potential for new problems, and some further work cataloguing existing problems, for example near Snake Rock.

George's Boulder is a good place for a quick stop-off and boulder if you're stretched for time, and if you have more time, Cantaloupe Hill holds enough to keep all but the very strong busy.

Access issues

Access is along forestry roads, which in some cases may require a 4WD or just a bit of extra walking. If you have a low clearance car you can park a few hundred metres past the Woods Reserve turnoff (good visibility both directions for parking and also driving away) and walk up from there. It is about 200m to the dirt road, and another 200m to the 4WD parking area, so it isn't a great deal more effort.

Approach

Either through the Cotter via Cotter Road down towards Tidbinbilla, or through Point Hut Road.

Cantaloupe Hill: turn onto Corin Road, then it's around 6km until you reach a turn-off to Woods Reserve. Around 400 metres past this, a dirt forestry track on your right leads up towards Cantaloupe Hill. Drive (the road is quite rutted) or walk straight up this road until you reach a fork where it turns left and right. Ignore these - the walking track is directly in front of you, marked with a cairn or two at the start.

George's Boulder: The second dirt track turn-off on Corin Road, found 2.6km (as the crow flies) after the turn off onto Corin Road from Tidbinbilla Road. You'll know you've found the right track from its comparatively well-kept surface, and the fact that the dirt track takes an almost immediate right turn. Park at the turn and follow a faint and blackberry-infested path north for about 80 metres.

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