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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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Start on slopers then mantle up the thin seam

Start on slopers then traverse around corner and up

Sit start on undercling with high foot up to edge. Traverse right along sloping lip to edges then up into corner and top.

Alternate start avoids the undercling and starts at the traverse.

Excellent problem, has more than 4 moves!!

V5 rating is a guess for the sit start, and starting at the traverse would be V2 (ish)

Up the corner from right to left. Too bad boulders below are there.

Up the steep wall? Bad landing.

On the back, up the corner near a tree?

Thin crimps up centre of face to sloping mantel. Variations exist.


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