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Summary

Kambah rocks features a huge density of routes and is perfect for after work in summer, with the river at the base for a quick swim to cool off.

Description

About a 30 minute walk from the parking area for Kambah Pool, Kambah rocks is a popular crag, lying just a short distance away from the heart of the city. The climbs are often top-roped, less often led - there are some bolts, but you should consider bringing some trad gear if you want to lead.

This crag gets little sun so it's not a great option for winter - but great for summer. Best after 1 pm when the shade starts to appear.

Approach

There are two preferred options for parking - at the nearby Kambah Pool, or on Kambah Pool Road next to the gate marked 'Welcome - Murrumbidgee Corridor - Bullen Range Nature Reserve'. The gate marks the boundary of private property. Be aware that cars have been broken into at both options (leave nothing inside and the glovebox open to minimize the risk), and the carpark gate is closed at 9pm each night. Where you choose to park will affect the length and pleasantness of the walk in - somewhere between 20 minutes and an hour generally.

The cliff itself is at GPS coordinates -35.40563,149.02722

Routes

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22 Close Suspects Top rope 10m
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20 * Downward Bound Top rope 10m
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20 * Romance in Cow Paddocks Top rope 10m
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18 ** Prosthetics Top rope 15m
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20 ** Blurred Vision Top rope 13m
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15 The Hanging Garden Top rope 11m
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20 * Robot Monster Top rope 12m
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20 * Dead Fish Crack Top rope 13m
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21 ** Standing Room Only Top rope 13m

There are two top rope anchor systems directly below the lookout on a ledge. The anchor for this climb is the one on the right when looking out.

Start beside a tree at a rooflet. Sustained face climbing the whole way with a difficult crux leads to a roof guarding the anchors. When pulling roof, be gentle with the jugs which have some fracture lines. Belayer take some precautions.

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22 ** Scrofula Top rope 13m

Marked 'S'. Shares DBB with CC and CS

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20 * Closed Circuit Top rope 11m

Start at the 'CC' marking. Shares DBB with Scrofula and CS. There are two top rope anchor setups directly below the lookout platform. The anchor for this climb is the one on the left when looking out.

Move from out under the starting rooflet then move out around the arete on some tricky moves to get onto the face. Up the bulging arete face on nice face moves. A good top rope.

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19 * Charlotte Sometimes Top rope 11m
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19 ** Robbins Memorial Route Top rope 13m
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22 * Extremely Anal Top rope 13m
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24 * Uncut Pork Top rope 12m

Starts at the "top rope toughguy" painting.

A bouldery start bear hugging the arete leads to the minor rooflet. Move into the sweet flake, catch your breath then tackle some sustained and technical climbing all the way to the anchors. Keep looking left for your holds.

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23 ** Missionary Positions Top rope 13m
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14 * The Bummer Sport 14m, 5

Follows a line of ring bolts, don't get confused and go right onto the harder ground of 'Silent Running' which has a sole ring bolt on it. Instead, step left onto easier ground past a bolt plate.

If toproping, make sure you aren't using the anchors at the top of 'Silent Running' and sandbagging yourself on the top part of the 18, which is a common mistake.

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17 * Vandalous Behaviour Top rope 13m
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18 * Silent Running Mixed 13m, 1

Follow the prominent hand sized crack to the right of the bolted line The Bummer. Traditional gear protects you until you hit a sole bolt as you move through the face climbs of the head wall.

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18 * Heat and Dust Top rope 12m

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