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Just after the descent track turns into what could be better described as a gravel slippery-dip, veer left and traverse to the large blocks .Walk through the tunnel to get to the start of the routes. You are now directly above Roadblock.


Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Gara gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and access is open:


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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8 Piglet Trad 10m

Start: The edge of the Chimney/Passageway.

Layback the chimney and on up to top.

FA: B. Cork (solo), 1994


Start: The diagonal seam to the right of the passageway as you walk out.

Follow the seam out to the arête, then up the arête to the top.

FA: C. Colmer, B. Cork, F. Hagan & T. Hill, 1994

15 Swinebeater Mixed 10m, 1

Start: the first route on the wall as you come out of the passage.

Up the wall passing a bolt then up cracks to top.

FA: B. Cork, C. Colmer & K. Mc Alpin, 1994

17 Bovine Mixed 12m, 2

Start: The arête left of S.B.

Up arête/wall past two bolts and some natural protection to the top. Belay off tree further back.

FA: B. Cork & C. Colmer, 1994