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Description

This remote area high up on the right-hand end of 'Taipan Wall' is a remarkable piece of rock architecture forming a lovely little glade, that is well worth a visit just for its unique setting and atmosphere. The main part of the cliff is superb orange/yellow stone up to about 30 metres high and perhaps 10 metres overhung and in terms of architecture it is at least as impressive as 'Sandinista' Wall. Unfortunately the awe inspiring territory is all incredibly blank. Nevertheless, there are a couple of enjoyable climbs at either end.

© (willmonks)

Access issues inherited from North Grampians

This area is now reopening after the fires in early 2014

Here's an update from Parks Victoria:

Grampians National Park Update – 17 September 2014 (Rock climbing and Bouldering)

In January 2014 a large bushfire swept through the Northern Grampians causing widespread damage to visitor sites, roads and walking tracks. Many popular rockclimbing and bouldering sites were also impacted including Hollow Mountain, Summerday Valley and Mt Stapylton.

The dry, rocky landscape is now extremely fragile and will take a long time to recover – the fire burnt extremely hot so in many cases regeneration will now occur (very slowly) from seed. Loss of vegetation, loose rocks, unstable soils and loss of access tracks means any foot traffic will have long term impacts on the recovery of the environment. Impacts now will also affect the sustainability of rock climbing sites well into the future.

Recently, Parks Victoria, volunteers and contractors completed recovery projects within rock climbing areas to reinstate damaged walking trails, realign rock climbing access and replace directional signage.

As of Saturday 20th September access will once again be available to rock climbing and bouldering areas within the Stapylton Amphitheatre in addition to those already available in the Flat Rock area. The access track from Flat Rock has been realigned into Grey and Green Walls and to Taipan wall. Please follow these new alignments and refrain from walking off track.

Open Rock Climbing and Bouldering Areas in the Northern Grampians:

  • Central Buttress
  • Grey & Green Walls
  • Taipan Wall (Upper and Lower)
  • Spurt Wall
  • Epsilon Wall
  • Trackside Bouldering area
  • Snakepit
  • Wildsides
  • Spurt and Afterglow

Closures remain in place at all other Northern Grampians Climbing and Bouldering sites for the time being, including Summerday Valley, Andersons, The kindergarten, Van Diemens Land and Cut Lunch Walls. Stapylton Campground also remains closed. Plantation Campground is the closest, open campground.

Parks Victoria will continue to assess damage and undertake recovery works over the coming months. Updates will be posted as re-openings occur. Please respect the fragility of the environment and support the long term recovery of the Northern Grampians by remaining out of any closed areas. While Parks Victoria regrets the need to enforce closures, substantial fines will be imposed on anyone found in any closed, fire affected areas.

Due to closures in the Northern Grampians, the availability of rock climbing, camping, car touring and bushwalking experiences is limited. Sourcing information on available campgrounds and other accommodation options is recommended. Please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au for park maps and regular Grampians fire recovery updates.

For detailed information on available rockclimbing and bouldering sites in and near to the Grampians please refer to recognised guidebooks/websites. A general list of open and available areas includes the following:

Rockclimbing sites open in the Grampians:

  • Stapylton Amphitheatre
  • Flat Rock
  • Wonderland Range
  • Serra Range (Including Mt Rosea and Bundaleer)
  • Mt William Range
  • Victoria Point area
  • Victoria Range (Including the Red Rock, Muline and the Gallery area. Please respect cultural heritage and recovering fire affected areas)
  • Limited Bouldering Sites available in and near the Grampians:
  • Stapylton Amphitheatre
  • Victoria Range (Including the Gallery area. Please respect cultural heritage and recovering fire affected areas)
  • Serra Range (Including Mt Rosea and Bundaleer)
  • Mt Arapiles
  • Mt Talbot
  • The Black Range

Please remember your climbing etiquette:

  • Only climb and boulder in open accessible areas
  • Stick to tracks
  • Respect fragile environmental areas and cultural heritage
  • Keep an eye out for Aboriginal Art sites – Report to Parks Victoria if you come across anything new.
  • Be mindful of cleaning
  • No chipping or bolting
  • Avoid excessive chalk
  • Take your rubbish home with you

Approach

The best walk in is probably via the tourist track past 'Lower Taipan Wall' all the way around to the Plaza Strip (as described on The Plaza Strip page). From there, walk L along the terrace under the big roof of Hip Bath. About 80m L of Hip Bath there is a weakness in the line of roofs, solo up this (an undercut jughaul into a short corner, take care), and you're at the base of the very obvious and impressive 'Bouldering Buttress'. This approach keeps you on the well-graded tourist track except for the last 100m or so, and avoids the long stumble past 'Trackside', 'Taipan', Spurt and Afterglow areas.

If you do want to approach via 'Taipan', follow 'Taipan Wall' R past 'Spurt Wall' and past 'Afterglow Wall' for another 50m or so until you reach the same weakness in the line of rooves as described above.

The 'Bouldering Buttress' terrace can also be gained by climbing the first 8m of 'Evil Elf' at the Plaza Strip and then walking easily L from there. Once again, it's no fun to solo.

© (willmonks)

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21 We Need That Oil Trad 10m

The easiest line towards the L end with shallow cracks, pinches, laybacks etc. There are a couple of possibilities but there is one that seems to best fit the bill.

FA: James Falla, 1987

2

A huge block sits on the terrace R of the overhanging wall. Short, thin crack next to the block up grey wall. Finish up discontinuous cracks.

FA: Jane Wilkinson, Steve Monks, 1992

3

takes the very R hand side of this wall right of the huge blocks.