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Access issues inherited from Peak Charles

Going from Perth, there is the longer easy way and the shorter harder way. The former leads through Coolgardie. There are two turnoffs south of Norseman at 55km and 70km (i.e. 120km north of Esperance) and these good all-weather gravel roads rejoin as the Lake King road some 25km further on. 5km past this junction is the turnoff left to Peak Charles. It is another 20km to the peak along a sandy but good two wheel drive road. This takes about 10 hours. Access from the west via Lake Grace and the Lake King road is less certain and better with a 4WD after rain. Bank on taking 8 hours. There is a 24 hour credit card operated petrol station in Lake King. [per CAWA Peak Charles Climbing Guide, 5th ed, Ross Weiter, March 2010]


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Starts at the left-hand end of the overlap that forms the roof to the right of Badile.

  1. 15m Gain the overlap and traverse right on underclings and jams, hanging stance at base of corner

  2. 20m Climb corner system to belay

  3. 50m Climb diagonally right following flake then climb straight up and over small overlap to small ledge

  4. 50m Traverse 5 m right and climb steep black slabs to the huge scimitar shaped fissure and climb this to its right hand end

  5. 50m Climb the right hand of the two corner systems and finish over the overhang.

  6. Scramble to top. Can finish as Badile up unprotected ramp to summit ridge.

FA: M. Moore & M. Haffner, 1991


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