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Curiosity Crag is situated in a shady amphitheatre next to 'Slander Gully' with an excellent range of climbs, especially in the grades 18-25. The crag is very well sheltered from the sun and wind making climbing possible on the steeper south facing orange wall (Curiosity Wall) and on the overhanging sports routes (Tarzan Wall) in almost all weather conditions. 'Access' is very easy and while the atmosphere is relaxing, the climbing should get your pulse pumping.
The first routes recorded in the amphitheatre were 'Night Owl Theatre' (14!!), climbed by Peter Treby in 1985, and 'Deadly Earnest' (17) by Gary Lyons in 1993. Since 2003 over 25 new routes have been developed. The long routes up Curiosity Wall are reminiscent of the Blue Mountains, with some of the best sustained face climbing in the 'Grampians'. Most climbs are mixed routes – containing both bolts (stainless steel) and natural gear.
Until the guide is all transfered onto this website check out the pdf on Chockstone: http://www.chockstone.org/guide.htm© (jgara)
Access issues inherited from Victoria Range
The Victoria Range was badly burnt in the fires of February 2013 but all areas are now open to climbing (Feb 2014). However there are access changes to the cliffs in the Eureka area.
Follow the Waterworks Track, which runs off the Glenelg River Road for 4.4km from the start; then take the steep, 4WD track sharply on the right for 100 meters; a double cairn marks the walking track on the left, heading uphill 200m to the crag. If the Waterworks Track is open, walking time is only a few minutes.
If the Waterworks Track is closed; park at the gated track 700m north of No.1 Creek on 'Harrop Track'. Walk up 600m to the Waterworks Track, turn left and follow it for 1.2km to the 4WD track, around 20-30 minutes walk.© (jgara)
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