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Grey buttresses split by distinctive chasm on top of plateau on way to The Gallery. Mother Buttress is at right end of a wall and is identified by a triangular tooth of grey rock.

The south face of this buttress seems to have been ignored in the gold-rush of the 1990s. It is 25m high, featured and steep. A further three more routes could be done in the high teens early 20s. It is located less than 50m left of the Gallery walking track, about 100m short of the summit flats.

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.


Located less than 50m left of the Gallery walking track, about 100m short of the summit flats. Turn left off Gallery Track at major boulder that sits just right of the track.

Descent notes

The bolted routes have lower-offs or rap anchors.


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Middle of slab round right of Puppy Love.

FA: Stuart Imer, Stephen Hamilton, Lisa Imer & Richard Smith, 1992

Arete right of I Need My Mother.

FA: Lisa Imer & Richard Smith, 1992

Left-leaning seam on steep, compact wall at right end of face. Right from seam onto slab. Finish on terrace.

FA: Stephen Hamilton & Stuart Imer, 1992

Well bolted warm-up for The Gallery. RBs up right side of main bolted wall. Slabby start, pumpy end finishing up right to anchors. Below average height climbers won't be able to reach the second bolt while standing on the ledge and will need trad, stick clip or risk a ground fall.

FA: Neil Monteith, 24 Nov 2012

Excellent wall climbing. Starts 5m left of I Need My Mother on south facing wall of Mother Buttress. Easily up for five metres to horizontal. Clip BR and layback up little reachy flake to gain line. Weave up jugs, flakes and cracks past a further two BRs and lots of good wire placements to slabby top-out. Rap off double U-bolts on ledge (25m).

FA: Neil Monteith Kent Paterson, 2005

‘Turtle-shell’ wall climbing. A very runout sport route or a very safe ‘mixed’ climb. Starts 5 metres left of Split Decision. Up easy slab to horizontal. Balance up seam (UB) and then blast up jugs to stance. Take the right bolted line past a further three UBs to top. A limited selection of large wires and medium cams can supplement the bolts. Rap from anchor on ledge above Split Decision.

FA: Neil Monteith, Adam Demmert & KP, 2005

Neil had this cleaned and bolted before anyone else got out of bed. A slightly easier trad finish to Blunted Enthusiasm. After the second UB take the left line (RB) to thin crack. Finish up well protected wall about 2m left of Blunted Enthusiasm. Rap from anchor on ledge above Split Decision.

FA: Neil Monteith & Adam Demmert, 2005

Go up right from Mother Buttress for 120 metres through boulders to a hidden wall well behind.

Right end of wall right of High In The Saddle, just left of arete.

FA: Karen Tempest, 1992

Short compact wall above conifer and just right of big chimney. Step right just below top.

FA: Stuart Imer & Stephen Hamilton, 1992


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