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1. The Chopping Block 13 routes in Cliff

Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 150.227641, -34.554048


Outcrop of rock in the Belanglo State Forest. Good long route on OK rock and small snappy boulderss with face climbing. Routes are described from the far right side of the crag back to the descent path.


Located just outside of Berrima. Exit the Hume Highway at the Belanglo sign. (Cross the highway if coming from Sydney, if you hit Sutton Forrest McDonalds you have gone to far.) Drive past the Gordon VC rest area and onto the good dirt track. (Belanglo Road.) Contine through Forest for a cople of KMs. Once you have passed Dailys Road rest area on the right take the second fire trail on the left. If you reach the Cherry Tree Road and the horse farm you have gone one road to far.

Drive down the fire trail, straight across the first junction and the second juction (Dogleg and a bit bumpy.) Join Cherry Tree Firebreak and wind down this for 5 minutes until you reach the turning circle at the end.

Park here and follow the path and cairns down hill for 2 minues until you reach the cliff. Approach through boulders to the right.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Bone Machine

Step off the large boulder (or off the ground if you have fingers of steal). Balance up the areve and finish at shared anchors. Short. First route on the small boulder at the bottom of the descent gully

FA: Matt Tranter, 2011

17 Sport 8m, 5
2 John Doe

Snappy bottom , up two small ledges to the Gritstone finish. Much harder if you stay out of the crack First route on The Boulder.

FA: Matt Tranter, 2011

15 Sport 9m, 4
3 Hitching a Ride

One hard move over the lip and it is all over. Bring those large sea gull bashers. Trad crack at the far left end of the Block, next to the descent path.

FA: Stephan Pervanoglu, 2011

15 Trad 10m
4 Shallow Grave

1m right of the trad crack.Pull over the lip and trend left. The second block.

FA: Matt Tranter, 2011

17 Sport 11m, 5
5 Burried in a Crack.

As the name suggests, get deep in that crack. Wobble without much protection using both walls and exit to the bolts at the top of the crag. The second trad crack on this face.

FA: Stephan Pervanoglu, 2000

15 Trad 10m
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
6 A Murder of Crows

Off balance, mean and thugish. use anything you like, twist and turn, pull through the bands, finish at the right hand anchors. Start 1 metre right of Shallow Grave.

FA: Matt Tranter, 2011

18 Sport 10m, 6
7 * The Hatchet

Hard pull from a three finger slot. Up the features to the large ledge. Bouldery and very balancy finish. The last line of bolts on this side of the block.

FA: Simon Vaughan, 2011

22 Sport 12m, 6
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
8 ** The Danse Macabre

Hard pull off the big jugs, trend left to a large rest ledge. Two cruxes follow, join the finger pockets and stretch as tall as possible. Shared start with Dodging Bullets.

FA: Matt Tranter, 2011

22 Sport 12m, 7
9 * Dodging Bullets

Nice heaving on big holds to balancy moves to gain stance then some trickiness to triple bolt anchors. Under cut start left hand side of wall facing the gorge

FA: Simon Vaughan

21 Sport 12m
10 ** Close to the Bone

Heave up jug start then balancy and surprisingly powerful 4 move traverse, then straight up Start as for Dodging Bullets then move right Steep and then balancy climbing on great rock, firction is superb from Autumn onwards

FA: Simon Vaughan

23 Sport 12m
11 * One Fatal Blow

Up corner with interest to an airy finish on the headwall In the corner around to the right of the main wall as you face the cliff The corner is hard and 3D to get up and the headwall is steeper than you think

FA: Simon Vaughan, 2011

20 Sport 12m, 6
12 Project

Probably a batman start to get it done we will see

FA: @svaughan

Sport Project
13 Project Matt T

Share the start with the previous climb. Still needs one more bolt to go directly to the lower offs. Going to be really hard as all the holds run out.

Start: 2 metres further right


1.1. Sector 1 0 routes in Cliff


2 metres right as you look at the crag. Mix of sport and trad.

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
15 Burried in a Crack. Trad 10m
Hitching a Ride Trad 10m
John Doe Sport 9m, 4
17 Bone Machine Sport 8m, 5
Shallow Grave Sport 11m, 5
18 A Murder of Crows Sport 10m, 6
20 * One Fatal Blow Sport 12m, 6
21 * Dodging Bullets Sport 12m
22 ** The Danse Macabre Sport 12m, 7
* The Hatchet Sport 12m, 6
23 ** Close to the Bone Sport 12m
? Project Sport Project
Project Matt T Sport