The Towers Mostly Trad climbing52 routes in cliff
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Access issues inherited from The Rock
This reserve is 6 km west of The Rock village on Lockhart Road, 35 km east of Lockhart and 40 km south-west of Wagga Wagga off the Olympic Highway.
From 1st July to 31 December The Rock is closed to all 'Rock Sports', due to breeding Peregrine Falcons. A sign is put in place when the birds are nesting in this area. For more information check the NPWS website: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/adventure-sports-experiences/the-towers
Climbing is only permitted at The Towers and is prohibited in other areas of the reserve at this time.
Climbers should, where possible, descend using the very adequate rappelling points, the position of which are marked by a small cairn at the top of the climbs (Top of Mrs Fairy, Angie, Virgins Crack). Note that a 50m rope will only just touch the ground from these points if it is slung half way. A 60m rope would be more appropriate. If a 50m rope is used you will have to rappel to a ledge that is about 2m above the ground, then downclimb. A knot in the end of the rope is highly recommended.
Ethic inherited from The Rock
Taken from the NPWS signage located at The Towers:
Rockclimbing and abseiling within The Rock Nature Reserve may only be carried out with the consent of the director-General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Consent is given upon compliance with the Code of Conduct and completion of the Register book located at the base of The Towers.
Code of Coduct *Rock activities are only permitted on the NE rock face known as The Towers
*Parties are to be no larger than 4 people for rock climbing and 8 for abseiling.
*No new climbs are to be established outside of the designated rock activities area.
*Do not mark the location of climbs.
*Do not attach permanent anchor points to rocks, USE REMOVABLE GEAR only.
*Do not chip or glue route, brush or "garden" the rock face and avoid excessive use of chalk.
*Where possible descend via the cliff face to minimise erosion.
*Tread Lightly, keep to rocks, hard ground and established tracks.
*All flora and fauna are protected in The Rock Nature Reserve and must not be picked, harmed or disturbed in any way. Take especial care not to harm the Threatened plant Woolly Ragwort (Senecio gariandii).
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