The Other Side


Across the road from Tombstone Ridge/the Highlands. A scattering of slightly smaller boulders, mostly warmups but a few harder things to do.


Access issues inherited from Radar Range

This crag is on private property owned by the Harden Council. The Council has been approached and has advised that anyone entering this area does so completely at their own risk - you break it, you're on your own. There are a number of land users, including people who walk and ride up the hill, and nearby farming land as well as the Air Services Australia owned radar at the top of the hill.

Please be sensitive to potential issues and don't make noise that's going to arouse interest (you will be heard for a long distance). Don't expect to always be alone. Please note the ethics - they are there for good reasons and it's all about keeping this crag open, not styles of climbing.

Do not approach the radar array please. For any reason. Be sure to close the gate. Every time. Don't expect someone to close it behind you, you may let some cattle in or out in the meanwhile. Please stay away from the very obviously fenced farmer's land. There's enough boulders to climb without venturing over there.


Park halfway up and head to the boulders on your right as you look up the hill.


Ethic inherited from Radar Range

NO BOLTING AT ALL - not even for setting up top ropes or cleaning, thanks. Use some gear or sling a nearby boulder.

NO CHIPPING OR COMFORTISING - there are WAY MORE than enough problems here! However, please do make the effort to clean off flakes that are likely to go, and moss.

KEEP THE BOULDERS CLEAN - this means removing tick marks and cleaning off excess chalk if need be. Vinegar is great for removing chalk and the granite won't be affected if you need to give something a scrub.

Finally, please follow the naming conventions. Climbs have been named in a satirical fashion. If you make a first ascent - and there's every likelihood you will, given the massive boulder field - then go ahead and have a go at something that amuses or annoys you. Do not number your climb. Give it a frickin' name. Feel free to explain what the name means in the description.

Variants and eliminates welcome. It is bouldering, after all.

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Head up the obvious feature.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Sit start then head up through a fair sized move.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Start low right next to 'Magoo' then up and left to top out.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Traverse the boulder from right to left then top out for 'Ermagawd'.

FA: Tyron Ahern, 26 Aug 2012

Sit start and up. Easy.

FA: Ben Davies, 26 Aug 2012

Sit start on slopers then up. First move harder than the rest.

FA: Ben Davies, 26 Aug 2012

Up and over, nothing amazing.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

A simple up and over.

FA: Constantine Carluen, 26 Aug 2012

Traverse the boulder right to left. Techy.

FA: Constantine Carluen, 26 Aug 2012

One hard move off an incut sidepull and a small nodule of rock to easy moves to make the top. The classic 'where do I put my feet' granite style...

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Sit start from the underclings and up.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Nasty sit-start off holds facing the wrong way, though a goodish sidepull for the right hand, reach the high rail with your left hand and head on up with a fridge hug friction move.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Try not to bruise your butt falling 10 cms if you lose your grip. The most lowball sit-start you'll probably ever see.

FA: Tyron Ahern, 26 Aug 2012

Heal hooking sit start. Wrench on it up to the crimp on the left then up with the right.

FA: Christopher Lean, 30 Jun 2013

Standard sit-start problem.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Techy sit-start with a bunch of holds facing the wrong way.

FA: David Nott, 26 Aug 2012

Flash first ascent. Can you put your foot to your ear? Sit start right under the overhang on poor pinches and rails and top out. It's not over once you're off the ground...

FA: Ian Phillips, 26 Aug 2012

Bring your kids.

FA: David Nott, 22 Sep 2012

Another kid-friendly boulder. Bit shaky though, perhaps they should wear proper rock shoes.

FA: David Nott, 22 Sep 2012

Like a big warm hug.

FA: Ben Davies, 22 Sep 2012

Sit start at very bottom of crack, up and left

FA: Ken McKeon, 10 Mar 2013

Sit start, cruisy after the first moves.

FA: Giovanni Guccione, 30 Jul 2013

Undercling sit start. Up using only the crack.

FA: Christopher Lean, 30 Jun 2013

Straight up the highest part of the boulder

FA: Ken McKeon, 10 Mar 2013

Straight up the crack-line looking longingly at the blank overhung face next to you.

FA: David Nott, 16 Mar 2014


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