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Long/Lat: 151.009102, -34.042696
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.
- Access Issues: inherited from Sutherland
There is easy access to all the sites with an average walking time from car to cliff being under five minutes! To get the Shire drive south towards Wollongong from the Sydney CDB or take the Heathcote Road if coming from the South West. West Sydney climbers can approach aiming for Menai. Alternatively, take the train. Some areas in national parks are off limits and permission may be sought for crags such as the Wok, Heathcote Bridge and Alford's Point.
- 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).
Let the Games Begin!
Start below the highest part, about 2m R of a chimney. Up to Ubolt (on EE) then the head left to cave (clip Ubolt and fixed hanger) and up through the overhang.
FA: Dave Barnes
Start 2m R of chimney below highpoint of crag. Up past bolt to ledge (extend bolt under lip), left a bit after roofs then finish left.
2m R of EE. Up the ledge and up wall above roof
FA: No Aid here.
Budawang Barking Beetle
Up ramp corner system to ledge then thru roofs about a metre R of Emu's Paradise and up crack past ring at top (short draw or screwgate as it's a bit low) to an awkward topout.
FA: Greg Andrews; Dave Barnes
At crack 1m right of SZ (behind the Gymea Lilly) below right end of high section.
Hard moves up crack to finish on ledge (old carrot and good cams). Please don't trash the Lilly.
Start about 3m R of Gymea Lilly. Up to U and past a tricky move R to a high 2nd bolt and finish on anchors shared with RAaR.
FA: Jason Lammers, 2005
Ring around a Rod
Short and sweet. good climb. 2 UB to DUB Anchor
Rod Ramset and the American Eagles
9m right of the crack (Gymea Lilly). Friggen thin between 1st and 2nd bolts
Thin crack just left of The Whippet, start left of short wide crack and up, single ring lower off
FA: mikl law, 2014
Starts about 5m left of arete (HNiI). Streno start up wide crack then right 1m to nice snakey layback crack.
FA: Jason Lammers, 2005
Her Name is Iris
Below arete at right hand end of crag. Good moves past 3 FHs.
Jeff's Bulging Wall
About 2m R of 'Her name is Iris'. Up wall.
FA: Jeff Crass, 2014
|17||Her Name is Iris||36m,|
|18||Budawang Barking Beetle||12m|
|Let the Games Begin!||14m|
|Jeff's Bulging Wall||27m,|
|21||Ring around a Rod||8m|
|22||Rod Ramset and the American Eagles||8m|