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Summary

A pleasant bushland setting makes The Bank a good destination for a short day's outing.

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Description

A small collection of short, fun routes on the boulder strewn ridge above the walking track to 'Square Rock'.

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Approach

The Bank is on the ridgetop immediately south of Smokers Gap. Park at the Smokers Gap car park (one kilometre beyond the Corin Forest slide), cross the road and head up the 'Square Rock' walking trail. This initially zig-zags upwards through small boulders before trending steadily up and rightwards. Where the track veers right, just before the top of the ridge, a large boulder with an impressive left curving crack becomes visible 50 metres or so above and left. Walking time from the car park is about 15 minutes.

The boulders continue northwards along the ridge for about 300 metres. At the end of the ridge is a large group of boulders with a fireplace.

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Routes

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24 * The Lure Trad 12m

The leftwards leaning crack seen from the path, reminiscent of 'Easy Wind' ('Legoland'), but harder. Flared jams and strenuous to protect. Now slightly overgrown.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, Paul Daniel, 1995

2
23 Cintride Sport 10m, 4

The rounded arete and face just right of 'The Lure' with four bolts. Sharp on the tips.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, 1995

3
24 * Captain Crystal Sport 12m, 4

The slabby nose on the next boulder right of 'Cintride'. Up past two bolts then traverse delicately rightwards past two more bolts. Some thin moves.

FA: John Churchill, 1997

4
12 Walk the Dog Trad 10m

The chimney right of 'The Lure' with some protection in a leftwards crack. Ugh.

FA: John Churchill, 1997

5

The short open corner 5 metres right of 'Captain Crystal' with one bolt. Finish up the slab on the right.

FA: Paul Daniel, Mick O'Halloran, 1995

6

On the boulder directly below 'The Lure' is a pleasant slabby groove with a harder start. A lovely line and fun climbing.

FA: Liz Milbourne, Catherine Eadie, 1995

7
14 Low Interest Trad 8m

On a wavy slab 30 metres left of 'The Lure'. Up the middle; a delightful slab with an enhanced wire placement.

FA: Mike Law-Smith (solo), 1995

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18 Pixie Power Trad 8m

The far side of a boulder 30 metres to the left of, and just downhill from 'Low Interest', sports a right facing, dainty little corner crack offering fingerlocking and stemming moves.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, Catherine Eadie, 1995

Above and left of 'Low Interest', near the top of this outcrop, is a short slab on the northern side with the following two climbs.

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16 Pygmy Chicken Mixed 10m, 2

The righthand line with two bolts. Pleasant face climbing.

FA: Catherine Eadie, Paul Daniel, 1995

10
17 Rubbery Tuk-awah! Mixed 8m, 1

Starts at a block on the left wall. Pull right onto the arete and then up, passing one bolt. The direct finish up the arete would be recommended if it had another bolt.

FA: Paul Daniel, Catherine Eadie, 1995

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20 Pixies and Dickywackers Mixed 10m, 2

Behind and right from 'Pygmy Chicken' and 'Rubbery Tuk-awah' is another tier of boulders. This route is on the left wall of a chimney in the centre of the tier.

A bouldery start to the first bolt then good moves past one more to the top.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, Paul Daniel, Catherine Eadie, 1995

From 'The Lure' outcrop, scattered boulders lead gently up the ridge for about 100 metres to the 'Spider's Web' - "a spiritual place" [Paul Daniel]. This is a large flat arena ringed with boulders and covered in a tangle of stringybark trunks.

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The bolted, slabby arete on the right hand side of a boulder at the northern end of the 'Spider's Web'.

FA: Paul Daniel, Catherine Eadie, 1995

13
Unknown Sport Project 2

The dyke just to the left of 'Throw it Out With the Cheese'. Was still a project in 1996 - has anyone claimed it yet?

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23 Photo Finish Trad 10m

The thin crack system on the closest side of the eastern boulder.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, 1996

From the 'Spider's Web' area continue about 50 metres north along the ridge and turn left at the "hamburger" boulder to arrive at a final collection of boulders.

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19 Sausage Crack Trad 8m

Continue about 50 metres further northwards along the ridge from the 'Spider's Web' and turn left at the "hamburger" boulder.

The nice finger crack on the northern side of the outcrop on the left.

FA: Mike Law-Smith, Catherine Eadie, 1995

16
M3 Zanadu Aid 10m

Sic. The beautiful overhanging seam on the downhill side of the westernmost boulders of the final group, opposite 'Sausage Crack'.

FA: John Churchill, 1997

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