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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

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Three metres left of "Romance in Cow Paddocks". The nice, thin crack just left of the large overhang.

Climb up to the niche under the overhang, then left and up.

April 2017: A substantial rockfall has removed most of the first half of this climb. With the new exposed rock loose and friable. It's in need of a clean. The route might still go. But likely harder than grade 20 now.

Start on the undercut wall behind the tree. Up the wall (leave the poor tree alone) to a ledge. Up the groove, then left onto the arete and up. A good finish on big buckets.

A body length of good moves. Climb up to the ledge, then up the right wall of the chimney to another ledge then finish up to the right.

Good varied climbing. Up the black crack with a rusty peg. Finish up the wall.

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.

Marked 'S'. Shares DBB with CC and CS

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.

A boulder problem consisting of a short traverse to the overhang.

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.

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 two more bolts to a DBB.

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.

Follow 'The Bummer' to the second ledge, then straight up over mantle on obvious holds to anchor of 'Silent Running'.

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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