Central climbing areas Rock climbing106 routes in area
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A cluster of climbing cliffs within a few hundred meters of the car park.
Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge
Gara gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and access is open:
Most of the central climbing areas are best approached from the south side. From the second car park walk east along the ridge, either along the single track or along the old faint dual track for about 500m until you get to a big turning circle. Then follow the main track norh east down into the gorge. From here you can drop down into 'Hope Buttress' and 'Savage Amusement Buttress' on your left, or get to the top of 'Road block' further down, or hike down the steep track to get to most of the other cliffs like 'Shooting Star Buttress'.
Ethic inherited from Upper Gara Gorge
Basically, the climbers of Armidale are a pretty laid 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. The only request is that you avoid placing hangers or conspicuous bolts around the Gara Boulders as we are already viewed as an environmental menace by the NPWS - bolting in National Parks is actually illegal.
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