Astral Wall Mostly trad climbing8 routes in sector
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From 'Zoo Fear' walk east-south-east, going diagonally downhill and left. There are a few alternative approach gullies. The right-most one is open but with loose soil; the middle one is full of nice ferns; and the left-hand one is a bit steeper and also ferny. Take your pick of these. After about 30m, at the bottom of the gully, turn left and contour across to the left-hand end of 'Astral Wall' proper.©
Ethic inherited from The Cloisters
Although these days there are a number of excellent sport climbs, the original ascentionists were staunchly traditional, having this to say:
"We, as discoverers and first ascensionists, have not and will not tolerate the use of bolts, pegs, shady aid or chalk. Attempt to use any of these and be prepared to answer to us. We have respected the natural state of the area and expect that you will also."©
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The left crack in left-most (upper) approach gully with a hard start.
FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, 1978
The crack just right of 'Mandolin Wind'. Looks easy but is quite hard and technical.
FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, 1978
In the middle approach gully. The crack at the right-hand end of the wall, with the chockstone providing some interest.
FA: John Smart, Ray Lassman, Rohan Reynolds, Hugh Ward, 1978
The following climbs are on Astral Wall proper.