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A lovely little area with parking very close nearby (circa 50 metres) that holds a number of excellent problems.

A very compact and easily accessible bouldering with almost every style. A number of problems are recreated and climb like the originals before the fires. The rock quality is quite good for the area.

Note from Justin: Hi - I cleaned up the area post fires in 2008 and 2011. I number of new problems where done during this period that are not in this crag guide. At some point I will get to update the info in this forum or another bouldering guide - after the new guiding guide is published. Cheers.

Access issues inherited from Laurel Camp loop

Dirt roads, but all 2wd usable if you are slow and careful


After you turn onto Laurel Camp Road, you drive for 2.9km continuing straight and passing Old Blackboy Road and Pierces Creek Road to get to Oakey Creek road. Continue forwards and leftish and you'll keep going on a fairly good road with a few bits of shale in it (which also leads towards Tumblers). You will find the parking area which is up the top of a steep road and off to the right you can see some intersecting roads - see topo/photo. Continue directly forward from the parking area as per the photo - you'll cross a small hummock and find a dirt bike track going right around the bouldering area - follow the track until you see the first small boulder ahead and on your left, then head forward just to the left of that boulder about 20 metres on a slightly indistinct trail to the centre of the area.

Park on the Laurel Camp Road 100 meters before the large T intersection and boulder with obvious crack down face. Follow the trail away from the road until you spot the 6m granite boulder through the trees.

Ethic inherited from Pierce's Creek

A number of problems have been established and reestablished since the fires and to a large extent climb like the original problems.


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V0 #1 Boulder 3m
V0 #2 Boulder 3m
V0 #3 Boulder 3m

Up the arete/spike. As easy or hard as you want to make it, really...

V1 #4 Boulder 3m
V8 #5 Respect is buring Boulder 4m

Up through burly underclings to long throw to a pocket, then thrash your way around trying to find some way to keep yourself connected to the rock. Hit the knife edge apex, then easily slab your way up to finish. The topo foreshortens the climb considerably - it's no lowball, particularly with the insecure thrutching you will have to enter into up top.

V6 #6 Boulder 3m

Up past a chipped hold onto a chipped scoop then throw a long way for a rail. Unusually for granite, it's reasonably overhung. Get feet set somehow and mantle.

V1 #7 Boulder 3m

Up the slab to the left of the actual (overhung) climb. V1? Unlikely.

V4 #8 Boulder 5m

Similar to the problem around the corner, this is a bit of a crack climb that peters out into slab. One chipped hold.

V5 * #9 Boulder 5m

Up the crack with a nastyish landing below onto a small boulder if you've not eaten your wheaties. Thins out as it ascends and becomes quite technical until you reach the rail for 'Public Enemy'. Harder/changed since the Canberra fires.

V4 * #10 Boulder 5m

Up past chipped pockets with a very high step (difficult to impossible if you're tall) and a hidden hold on the right to gain the crack. Traverse right to finish as for 'Public Enemy' then mantle up calmly... Breathe in, breathe out.

V2 Slabberiffic Boulder 3m

Up the slabby bulge, smearing, directly opposite Public Enemy. Real slabbing technique needed, no real holds here.

V7 *** #11 Public Enemy Boulder 12m

A highball problem starting at a sit start down low and ending around the corner of the boulder at a heinous mantle at the 5 metre mark above a semi-sketchy landing. Follow the shallow crack/rail all the way. Crux is the first part before you hit the corner, particularly making a cross through a fairly shallow pocket. 10+ metres of climbing, despite the 5 metre height.

FA: Justin Ryan

V4 Just Disliked Boulder 6m

The second half of 'Public Enemy'. Use the incut rail and the chipped hold to get set on the arete and head left and up to top out. Takes out all the crux moves of 'Public Enemy'.

V0- #12 Boulder 3m

Warmup. Not really even V0, just something to get your body moving.

V0 ** #13 Boulder 4m

Ditto to #12.

V0 ** #14 Boulder 3m
V2 Between 14 and 15 Boulder 5m

Take the blankest line possible near the end of the boulder. Don't use the flake.

FA: David Nott, 2013

V1 #15 Boulder 3m

Cute little slab, but short and not particularly heady.

V4 ** #16 Boulder 3m
V7 * #17 Ronaldo Boulder 3m

Traverse from a burly sit-start very reminiscent of 'Phone Sex', round the corner and up through a single chipped hold and very balancy move to the top.

V6 ** Ronaldo direct Boulder 4m

As per the sit-start for Rinaldo but head straight up and top out as for 'Dandruff'.

V2 to V3 * Dandruff Boulder 4m

Start on the highest chipped holds you can reach (above the traversing problem Rinaldo), then mantle over the bulge using some reasonable holds and walk up to top out. A lower start is possible which could go from the same start as Rinaldo, and would be significantly harder. Named Dandruff for the exfoliating nature.

FA: Scott Pearce, 2012

V1 #18 Boulder 3m
V0 * #19 Boulder 3m
V9 *** Enemy of the State Boulder 6m

Instead of continuing Public Enemy past the arete, head directly up past a committing mantle. A good addition that was long seen, but never climbed.

V2 *** Johnny Dawes Left Boulder 3m

The easiest of the 3 no hands problems. Can be done with a running start in sneakers to much hilarity.

V4 *** Johnny Dawes Centre Boulder 3m

The thinnest of the no hand slabs.

V4 *** Johnny Dawes Right Boulder 3m

A very cruxy high step will make you wish your hands were useful.

V5 ** Suprise Boulder

Obvious highball from low block utilizing the crack on the left side of the large boulder. Natural line

V3 ** Fast Food Boulder

200m past the parking area is a 3m boulder with a crack going right up the middle, sit start. Be warned it's very sharp.


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