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Barden Ridge is another Shire Suburban crag fest with a dozen middle grade micro routes. This crag has one one minute access from your car and great views. Watch out for snakes in summer. This joint has been climbed on for many years and I first visited in 1987. Many routes were bolted by Barnesy but they have probably already been done, just as the all those recent routes on the Right end.


To get there, drive south along Old 'Illawarra' Road until it becomes Thomas Mitchell Drive. Follow this along the top of the ridge until it starts to drop down and curve around to the left. Park at number 37 or 39 - the crag is located just across the road, about 15m into the bush. The best descent is to the right (facing out), just to the left of the rough stone block retaining wall. This brings you down to the left hand end of the crag (facing the cliff).

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Up to bolt on EE then the head left past a cam and 2 FH through the overhang.

FA: Dave Barnes

17 * Errant Edge Trad 12m
17 * Gotta Love This City Sport 12m

Great line and good warmup route for the rest of the area.

21 Emu's Paradise Sport 12m

FA: No Aid here.

21 * Speed Zealot Sport 15m

FA: Greg Andrews; Dave Barnes

17 A Unknown 6m
20 Rod's Rodeo Sport 8m

Up and past a tricky move to 2nd bolt and finish on anchors shared with RAaR

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

21 * Ring around a Rod Sport 8m

Starts about 5 metres to the right of the 'Gymea Lilly' (Speed Zealot). Tricky start upto 1st bolt, then some beautiful moves past another bolt and another move upto the anchors.

Short and sweet. good climb. 2 UB to DUB Anchor

FA: Barnes


friggen thin between 1st and 2nd bolts

21 The Whippet Trad 8m

Starts about 5 left of HNiI. Streno start to nice snakey layback crack. Upto Big tree on edge of cliff.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

17 * Her Name is Iris Sport 6m

Below arete at right hand end of crag. Good moves past 3 FHs.

22 * Rodney Ramset Sport 8m

2 meters to the right of RAaR.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

17 ** Gymea Lilly Trad 8m

At crack 1m right of SZ (behind the Gymea Lilly).

Hard moves up crack to finish on ledge (BB). Please don't trash the Lilly.

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