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1. The Guardhouse 7 routes in Cliff

Summary:
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seasonality
All Sport

Long/Lat: 142.389889, -36.928747

Description:© (nmonteith)

Home of the gritty sloper and the quick pump! A small, gently overhung amphitheater of rock with a couple of good Blue Mountains style sport routes. The orange wall is clearly visible on the hillside when driving in from the west past the olive grove. Pack a handful of draws and some forearms.

Access Issues:© inherited from Mt Stapylton Campground

As of September 2015 all Mt Stapylton Campground bouldering areas are closed to aid the long term recovery of the Northern Grampians following bushfires in January 2014. For more information visit:

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/_data/assets/pdffile/0012/639678/Grampians-rock-climbing-update.pdf

By respecting these closures you are helping ensure the future of rock climbing in the area and the great work done by Parks Vic. By not respecting these closures you're being arrogant, disrespectful, and self-centred.

Thank you

Approach:© (nmonteith)

Refer to map one level up for access. Start the walk in as for 'Sentinel Cave'. After hopping over a big dead tree about 8 minutes into the walk, and past the last of the small cliffs on the left, turn left and follow small creek bed steeply uphill heading for the semi-obvious orange wall high on the hill. Some rock cairns and yellow tape mark the way, but there is no good track (yet). Once you get to the crag itself scramble up ledges on the right and walk left to small fixed rope to get to base of wall. You can scramble up the grade 1 left hand side of the crag to reach the top if you wish. Be careful, the rock is shit and it's exposed!

Total approach time is 20 minutes. Shade and breezes until 2pm in summer. Most routes stay dry in light showers - but after extended rain the seepage drains down 'Little George' and 'Ranger Danger'.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Affluenza

Far left most route. Start direct under the first bolt at grade 21, or climb in from the left at 20. A tricky mantle in the middle spoils the pumpy slopy fun. Five RBs and lower-off. Be wary of the last few metres, the jugs are a bit too big for comfort.

FA: Neil Monteith & Steve Bright, 2007

21 Sport 14m, 5
2 * Line Of Sight

Possibly the best route at the Guardhouse. Wave to the scout hoards at Staplyton Campground as you pull to glory through the ceiling. Located on left side of wall. Reachy orange goodness to start to reach prominent roof cave. Over roof and up right side of subtle arĂȘte to final juggy wall. 5 UBs and double UB lower-off.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2006

23 Sport 15m, 5
3 * Felonies Under the Radar

A punchy start (sandbag?) leads to a sustained finish through and around the roof. Stick clip the first bolt, then four more to the anchors.

Start: 3rd bolted line from the left.

FA: Adam Demmert, 2008

24 Sport 11m, 5
4 * Miss Communication

Short punchy number. The 4th bolted route from the left with the white stained scoop in the middle. Up slopers to roof heuco. Over this on incuts then one final tough move to jugs. Chain anchor. 4 RBs.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2007

23 Sport 10m, 4
5 * Little George

Named after George the baby gecko, that hitched a ride on a backpack all the way to Brunswick... causing havoc at Jac's place for two weeks before being returned to the Grampians! Follows left-trending line of four ringbolts in centre of crag just right of big scoopy hueco in rooflet. Stroll through delicate start just left of first bolt, locate the secret hold, and march your way to glory over steep juggy terrain. Double RB lower off.

FA: Jacqui Middleton & Neil Monteith, 2003

23 Sport 14m, 4
6 * Ranger Danger

Weaves around black streak on far right side of main wall. Bouldery start (stick clip ring) up slopers and slots to easier ground. At halfway head slightly right to rest stance then up past hidden RB (scary clip!) and crux dyno. Finish up steep jugs. Five RBs and DRB lower-off.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2003

24 Sport 13m, 5
7 Fractionally Flamed

Sandy slopers. Starts back at ground level and 40m right of the main wall. White clean streak on otherwise juggy grey wall. A tad runout for the inexperienced. 3 RBs and lower-off.

FA: Neil Monteith & Steve Bright, 2007

19 Sport 15m, 3

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
19 Fractionally Flamed Sport 15m, 3
21 Affluenza Sport 14m, 5
23 * Line Of Sight Sport 15m, 5
* Little George Sport 14m, 4
* Miss Communication Sport 10m, 4
24 * Felonies Under the Radar Sport 11m, 5
* Ranger Danger Sport 13m, 5