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Approach

Find Renown Rd in Baulkham Hills. On the North Side of the 'Big Dipper' turn into 'Ted Horwood Reserve' (Plenty of parking). In the back left corner of the carpark upon entrance follow the path leading in between two soccer fields. Keep walking straight, through the gap in the fences onto the bush trail that starts with a steep descent to the right. Follow the trail about 100 meters and the trenches will soon appear

History

The Balkans is partly located in the Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills so it’s no wonder that its location was initially mistaken for "Balkan Hills", and the name has stuck. The Balkans was discovered in early 1999 by Tim O’Neill and Rob Saunders and the pair immediately set to work putting up problems (although a small area nearby, called the Swampland, was discovered some time earlier by Kevin van Tillburg and Rod Wills). With the help of Adam Griffiths and visiting US student, Matt Wilder, original activity was focussed on the eastern side of the valley at an area named the Frontline. Some other Sydney boulderers were enlisted, and Peter Balint, Jason Whitton and Angela Connolly began developing problems on the western side of the valley at an area named the Trenches. Activity varied between the western and eastern sides throughout the winter of ’99 with a third area called the Caves being developed along the way.

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Areas

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Name
Style
Climbs
Ticks
Height
Grades
AWOL Cliff
5
34
22
139
2m
The caves Cliff
22
54

Routes

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Grade Route
10
V4 Medical Mantle Boulder

FA: Rob Saunders

11
V3 Zac’s Problem Boulder

Lunge from crimps to below overhanging boulder, then very gently pull the boulder onto your head!

FA: Zac Vertrees

12
V0 Project Boulder

Desperate rounded arete.

13
V7 Mortar-fied Boulder

Start: Sit

FA: Rob Saunders

14

Confusing?

FA: Matti Puckridge

15
V6 Freedom Fighter Boulder

Up the diagonal line of pockets to an awkward mantle staying inbetween I3 and I4.

Start: Sit

FA: Adam Griffiths

16
V3 Surgical Slopers Boulder

FA: Rob Saunders

17
V4 R * unamed Boulder

Start on same pocket as B4 but go right this time.

FA: Jason Whitton

18
V10 Mr Winston Boulder

FA: James Scarborough, 2002