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An old wandering route that used to be considered something of a minor classic but has fallen into disuse. It was originally done in eight pitches but several of these can be combined and there are a couple of belay points that are probably best bypassed.

There is a lot of good climbing but the poorly protected section across the slabs at about 40 metres is a serious lead despite being quite easy.

Pinpointing the start is a bit difficult as existing descriptions rely on initials which are no longer evident.

Start: Start just right of where the track reaches the cliff at wide line just right of 'Flypaper Wall'.

  1. 24m (-) Easily to wide corner. Up corner until 5 metres below its top then traverse 3 metres right to ledge

  2. 17m (-) Right along the boulder-strewn ledge and up short corner-crack to terrace on the right.

  3. 33m (11) Corner to difficult exit right around the roof at the top. Up 5 metres to small stance on right and old carrot bolt. In the past people belayed here but it is much safer to continue. Traverse 6m left (wire or small cam at about 2m). This is quite easy but some of the large footholds are very mossy. Up diagonally left on clean, unprotected rock to old piton runner. Step up (excellent small cam placement 1m above peg) and move another 6m left to a tiny stance but good anchors.

  4. 22m (-) Go up for 3 metres then veer left to a long ledge. Traverse 9 metres left to below a conifer. It is possible to traverse right from this point along the break all the way to 'Tourist Buttress'. Unless you are doing the first ascent of 'Tourist Buttress', don't bother. Climbed by Herbert Schipper, Greg Lovejoy Easter 1963.

  5. 25m (-) The line just right of the belay then go up and left to an obvious long chimney. Climb up on the right and step left into the chimney and up to a good ledge on the right.

  6. 25m (-) Continue up the line which is steep at first. When about 10 metres below the top there is a choice of continuing straight up or going left and up. The left way is supposed to be easier but is a bit rounded and poorly protected at the very top.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: Geoff Shaw & Robin Dunse (alt), Apr 1961


Located in Giant's Staircase approx:
Lat/Long: -37.187392,142.500541

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11 R Community registered grade
11 R ACA Route Register
11 South Eastern Grampians

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