- Avg. Height: 18m
- Style: Top Rope,Trad and other styles
- Approach time: 1
- Ascents: 4
- Unique Features And Strengths:
Good climbing on solid sandstone
Semi arid saltbush pastoral country is not where you would expect to find a quality cliff, but this little outcrop offers some solid rock.
Hot summer days are sure to be unpleasant with much of the cliff facing north. More pleasant climbing can be had on days of moderate temperature. There are some sectors facing east and west which can provide shade in the morning and evening.
Bring some bolt plates for the harder routes.
For more information, refer to Nick Neagle's guide to the Flinders Ranges.
- Access Issues:
The cliff is on the Roopena pastoral lease belonging to the Nicolson family. You MUST call to ask permission to access the cliff and to get the key to the locked gate.
Phone (08) 8646 2022
Roopena pastoral lease is part of the planned expansion of the Cultana Defence training area. It is unknown exactly when this will occur, but access after this is unknown
See http://www.defence.gov.au/id/cultana/default.htm for more info.
From Port Augusta head SW towards Whyalla.
After 24km pass the turnoff of the Eyre Highway (Ceduna, WA, etc.) Continue straight on (S) towards Whyalla.
11.9km S of here and immediately after crossing Myall Creek, turn R to Roopena homestead.
11km along this road the cliff can be seen off to the left (east) behind a locked gate and the Roopena homestead is a further 2km on to the west.
Possession of the 1:50k map of the area (PANDURRA) may be of assistance.
Although the environment may appear harsh and invulnerable, it takes an incredibly long time to recover from any abuse. Keep to tracks, preserve the environment and the rock. No retro-bolting or chipping.
Bad fashion will be a non-issue as you are most likely to have the cliff to yourself.
Climbers have been visiting the area since the late 60s. Many of the routes (or possible lines) were marked with large letters on the cliff (many of which remain.) Subsequent routes names have often taken names beginning with these letters.
There are no open trips for this crag
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