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Access issues inherited from Ebor Gorge

National Park



Half-way between the two lookouts is a large shallow gully, close to the road. Walk down trending towards the top falls. The cliffs are easily seen. The climbs start past a water soak and manky area. Climbs are described right to left.

Ethic inherited from Ebor Gorge

Basically, the climbers of Armidale are a prettylaid back, free thinking group and as long as you don’t go out of your way to put people’s noses out of joint you’ll be amazed at how helpful they can be. The quickest way to piss people off is by ripping off projects. There are a few devoted locals making an effort and putting up quality new climbs. A lot of time, hard work and even money goes into their endeavours (cracks can be projects too) and there is too much unclimbed rock around to justify destroying someone else’s motivation. Any routes marked as such or not in the guide should be left alone. The simple courtesy of asking first may save you from being stripped naked and being staked out for the crows to pick your eyes out.

If putting up new routes is your thing then please feel free. However bolting in National Parks is actually illegal and as Ebor is mostly crack climbs there is rarely a need for bolts.



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Start:The first real line you come to at the end of the descent path through the 'jungle'. The scimitar shaped crack. Up onto the top of the trunkated column, fight the blackberry and up leftward-leaning curved crack to top.

The second line you arrive at when walking into 3rd breakaway. Starts in thin obvious line above a ferny natural spring. Strenuous fingery moves, jamming and technical bridging. Plug away up twin cracks and use double ropes for peace of mind. Big tree belay 10m from edge. A hard route for short arses.

FA: carol lee & Richard Curtis, 23 Jul 2016

Starts 6m L of CFWTPB. Up finger crack to hands where crack widens. Follow obvious line up to a short, broken, featured head wall. Up and out to finish. Big tree belay 10m from edge.

FA: Ben Vincent & Richard Curtis, 30 Jul 2016

FFA: Ben Vincent & Richard Curtis, 1 Jun 2017

Start: About 50m from the start of the cliff; a very narrow entrance to a sentry box behind the block.

Up obvious crack line to top of block, Rap off.

Start: 5m left of ‘Haggis Hole’.

Up fist to offwidth crack to an awkward exit.

FA: bobkillip & Rob Dixon, 1975

Start: The line immediately left of ‘Frogwyn D’Harder’.

Up crack, trending to offwidth. Mix 'n' match fingerlocks in lefthand crack with offwidth technique on the right. IMPORTANT:- There is currently a large loose block sitting at the top of the offwidth section so climb past it with extreme care (or abseil first and get rid of it). Finish straight up easily but scarily, or do as the first ascentionists did - traverse right onto ledge near top and climb small finishing wall.

FA: Tim Balla, Brian Birchall & John Lattanzio, 1985

Start: The line immediately left of ‘Fully Furnished Dustbin’.

Up crack with an exciting finish

Start: 5m left of ‘Frogwyn D’Harder’; obvious finger crack capped by roof.

Originally 17M1 with the lower thin crack aided and the roof free but was freed by R.Curtis and J.Kelman Nov 1976.

Up finger to handjam crack and through roof to top.

FA: bobkillip, 1974

FFA: Richard Curtis & Jill Kelman, 1976

Start: 10m left of ‘Luce’.

Rightward trending crack to hand jam crack to top.

Start: 1m left of ‘Aeroplane Jelly’.

Originally done with an aid rest at the overlap; freed by R.Curtis and M.Colyvan, Sept 1984.

Up fist/offwidth crack to overlap near top. Step right into the crack of Aeroplane Jelly and up to top.

“I’ll cry if I want to”.

Start: About 3m left of ‘Prime Cut’.

Up the crack to top.

FA: Mark Colyvan, Paul Colyvan, Paul Bayne, Brian Birchall & Richard Curtis, 1983

Start: 5m left of ‘It’s My Party’.

Hand jams to bulge, around bulge and then on to top.

FA: Richard Curtis, 1976

Start: 2m left of ‘Anxiety Attack’.

Up off width in corner.

FA: Richard Curtis, Jill Kelman & J. Grelis, 1976

Start: The line between ‘Brown Dirt Cowboy’ and ‘Failsafe’.

Up crack to ledge then up off width to top.

Start: 2m left of ‘Brown Dirt Cowboy’.

Up finger crack with slight overhang and bush at top.

Start: To the left of ‘Failsafe’.

Up short fist crack to small gully.

FA: Rob Clark & Brian Birchall, 1981

Start: Left of ‘Recommended Retail Price’.

Up thin crack splitting protruding block then wider crack to top.

FA: Rob Clark & Brian Birchall, 1981

Start: In a recess 5m left of ‘Mignionette’.

Bridge up twin cracks.

Start: 10m left of ‘Failsafe’.

Up the manky chimney until it narrows. Traverse left to fist jam crack and follow this to top.

FA: Rob Dixon & Mike Davies, 1975

Start: 1m left of ‘Brian’s Squeeze’.

Hard overhung off-width to start, then easier jamming to top.

Start: 2m left of ‘Sliding Scale’.

Follow twin cracks initially, then follow the left crack to top.

A little spice can be added by climbing the alternate finish at the same grade, added by Richard Curtis and Brian Birchall later in '75. The alternate finish follows a nice rightwards hand traverse (via a horizontal break near the top of the climb). and finishes up the last couple of moves of Sliding Scale.

FA: Rob Dixon, Brian Birchall & Mike Davies, 1975

Start: The arête immediately left of ‘International Womens Year Cracks’.

Extremely technical climbing up a blunt vertical arête.

Up past three fixed hangers to a slight rest and a small cam placement (Alien or TCU). Continue past a fourth fixed hanger to top.

Belay off tree further back.

FA: Gordon Low & Ben Christian, 1996


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