Pierce's Creek Mostly bouldering250 routes in crag
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An area developed in the main by Justin Ryan and Chris Warner after the Canberra bushfires, Pierce's Creek has hundreds of discrete boulder problems over a wide-ranging area. Unfortunately since the fires the area has seen consistent regrowth of pine and blackberry, rendering climbs difficult to find and the terrain rugged. Only the most intrepid are likely to climb here without a guide (and understandably), but there are still a lot of problems that survive and are good quality.
A note about topos: the darker numbers on topos are those that were checked post the 2003 fires and found to be still in climbable condition.
Large Granite Boulders on Scenic Ridges or tucked away in dense pine forests, only 30 minutes from Canberra or 3.5 hours from Sydney. The rock quality has been compromised by the 2003 bushfires, and anyone doing exploration will need to give the surfaces a good clean, and pull/step lightly on suspicious flakes. Where the rock is good, it is sharp so bring tape, glue, and anything else you need to get through a day or two of cranking.
Drive towards and then past the Cotter from town. You'll go through a few switchbacks and then continue past the Cotter dam. Look out on your right for Laurel Camp Road. Don't turn at the Pierce's Creek Forest sign - that's too early; continue on a bit further. Directions for individual areas can be found at the area level.
Follow Cotter Road SW from Canberra. After crossing the dam. You will come upon a campground and separate scenic riverside lunch areas. Keep heading up Cotter Road until you come to Laurel Camp Road, take a right and use the sub-areas marked on The Crag or check out, Duncan's guide... https://payhip.com/athletebychoice
Where to stay
Camping is not allowed in the state forest, stay at Cotter Road Campground. Hot plates, sinks, showers, and bathroom facilities are provided for a reasonable nightly fee. There is no phone service here.
Quite a few climbs out here have been chipped, and some are completely chipped. That said, there's enough problems here; please don't chip or drill any more.
Keep it natural, even though some of the past developers sunk some handholds.
Pierce's Creek was developed in the main by Chris Warner and Justin Ryan, with Chris developing the excellent guides that have been used as a basis for this guide. A number of other strong Canberra climbers have contributed, including Clinton Szady and Andrew Bull.
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