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Description

Most of the following has been copied directly from Kieran Loughran's excellent Amphitheatre guide - thanks!

The great slabby walls left of 'Taipan Wall' are The 'Grey and Green Walls'. The smooth grey buttress on the left is, of course, 'The Grey Wall' while the mossy slab to the right is 'The Green Wall'. A smooth 15-20 metre high wall, the 'Petite Fleur' Face, runs along the foot of the cliffs.

There is a lot of good climbing on these walls, but many of the climbs aren't consistent. For instance, 'Sluice' has only two metres of grade 18 climbing in close to 100 metres. The original climbs are described but are sometimes included in composite climbs that are much more worthwhile. The contribution of the pioneers is not discarded but incorporated and acknowledged in more enjoyable climbs.

© (willmonks)

Access issues inherited from North Grampians

This area is now reopen after the fires in early 2014.

You can see the latest parks update on track / area closures at: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/_data/assets/pdffile/0003/621246/Grampians-National-Park-Update.pdf

If there are crag specific closures, please update the access on those crags.

Approach

Access this area by traversing the base of the cliffs either from the right end of 'Central Buttress' or from the left end of 'Taipan'.

The safest descent from the longer climbs is to walk south along the cliff-tops to meet the walking track to the top of Mt Stapylton and follow this track back into The Amphitheatre. Parties with novices are strongly advised to use this descent.

Alternatively, if you have two ropes, use the abseil descent down 'Navarre' which is 2 long (45-50m) abseils. This is difficult to locate from above unless you already know where it is. Novices will require supervision on this abseil. The first abseil is about 10 metres below the top, just left of a large cave. The first abseil is free hanging at times and you need to veer to abseiler's right so as to land on the terrace at the top of the first pitch of 'Navarre'.

Finally, the 'Hollow Mountain' walking trail can be gained by walking and scrambling north along the tops, which makes for quite a fun adventure though some may want to rope up for some of the chasm crossings.

'Petite Fleur' Face is described first, then the Grey Wall, then the Green Wall. The climbs in each sub-area are described from left to right.

© (willmonks)

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