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1. Barden Ridge 14 routes in Crag

Sport, Trad and Unknown

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.

Approach:© (secretary)

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).

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Let the Games Begin!

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

FA: Dave Barnes

18Trad 14m
2 * Errant Edge 17Trad 12m
3 * Gotta Love This City

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

17Sport 12m
4 * Budawang Barking Beetle 16Trad 12m
5 Emu's Paradise

FA: No Aid here.

21Sport 12m
6 * Speed Zealot

FA: Greg Andrews; Dave Barnes

21Sport 15m
7 A 17Unknown 6m
8 Rod's Rodeo

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

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

20Sport 8m
9 * Ring around a Rod

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

21Sport 8m
10 * Rod Ramset and the American Eagles

friggen thin between 1st and 2nd bolts

22Sport 8m
11 The Whippet

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

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

21Trad 8m
12 * Her Name is Iris

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

17Sport 6m
13 * Rodney Ramset

2 meters to the right of RAaR.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2005

22Sport 8m
14 ** Gymea Lilly

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.

17Trad 8m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
16 * Budawang Barking Beetle Trad 12m
17 A Unknown 6m
* Errant Edge Trad 12m
* Gotta Love This City Sport 12m
** Gymea Lilly Trad 8m
* Her Name is Iris Sport 6m
18 Let the Games Begin! Trad 14m
20 Rod's Rodeo Sport 8m
21 Emu's Paradise Sport 12m
* Ring around a Rod Sport 8m
* Speed Zealot Sport 15m
The Whippet Trad 8m
22 * Rod Ramset and the American Eagles Sport 8m
* Rodney Ramset Sport 8m