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Approach

From 'Zoo Fear' walk east-south-east, going diagonally downhill. There are a couple of 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.

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Descent Notes

For 'Silk Degrees', scramble down the gully just to its right. For the other routes, scramble down at the far right end of the wall.

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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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Routes

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From 'Zoo Fear' a path heads towards 'Astral Wall' and forks. The higher path passes through a gully with MW and GA on the left wall. The lower path goes past OFTR.

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19 Mandolin Wind Trad 10m

The left line in the Astral Wall approach gully with a hard start.

FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, 1978

2
21 Gasoline Alley Trad 10m

Just right of 'Mandolin Wind'. Looks easy but is quite hard and technical.

FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, 1978

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19 One for the Road Trad 10m

On the lower path. The obvious 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.

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15 ** Silk Degrees Trad 15m

The perfect crack, almost certainly harder than 15

FA: Ray, John, Norm, Humzoo, Rohan Reynolds, Hugh Ward, 1978

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21 Betty Blue Mixed 25m, 4

Start four metres left of 'Zoot Allures'. Climb up the brushed wall on good flakes past three bolts to a slab ledge. Up onto the slab above past another bolt (crux), then walk easily up the moss to a tree belay.

FA: Mike Peck, Dave Sargent, 1988

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18 * Zoot Allures Trad 15m

Good. The leftmost of three lines on the second block up the hill. Nice bridging with an occasional fingerlock.

FA: Norm Booth, John Smart, Ray Lassman, 1978

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15 Black Summer Rain Trad 15m

The hand crack with the dodgy wedged pedestal at its base.

FA: Ray, John, Norm, Rohan, Hugh, Humzoo, 1978

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The obvious chimney further right.

FA: Ray Lassman, John Smart, Norm Booth, 1978