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Description

The Towers is the North facing cliff line that is visible from the car park and contains the majority of the routes at The Rock.

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 may be closed to all 'Rock Sports', due to breeding Peregrine Falcons. A sign is put in place if the birds are nesting in this area.

Approach

Take the track that leads directly up the hill from the top L corner of the carpark. This track is not marked. This leads you up a fairly easy trail to the base of the cliff line and should take about twenty minutes.

Descent notes

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.

Routes

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L of TL is a prominent arete with a steep R face. Follow the R side of this arete

FA: 2015

Superb steep and technical climbing, packs in a lot for 20m. Line heading up R from C. Climb C till the 4th RB then head R and up the steep wall, keep L of the slab corner.

FA: MB, 2015

Set 2015

Easy beginners' climb on small clifline L. of where old track ascends cliff. Start at the ladder like recess.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1974

Wall several m. L. of descent gully.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1974

Wall R. of descent gully.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1974

Layback crack 8m R. of DG. Line L. of bush, then directly to roof.

FA: Glen Holloway, 1993

Start is marked (T1). Directly up crack, veer slightly left about halfway up onto slab, exit via gully on the left. Nice easy warm up peice.

FA: Andrew Hedley, 1973

Start is marked (T1). Directly up crack, veer slightly left about halfway up onto slab, exit via gully on the left. Nice easy warm up peice.

FA: Andrew Hedley, 1973

Start marked (TN). Nose to roof. Step R. and ascend wall.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Andrew Hedley (15 & M1, 1973

FFA: Greg Smith & Jeff Boyton, 1976

Start marked (BC). One of the first climbs completed at The Rock. Chimney formed by large block. Veer slightly R. up wall, then gully. Bill Davis and Scout group 4/72.Two alternative finishes are on wall L. of exit gully.Line closest to gully is grade 10; line further L. is grade 8.

FA: Andrew Hedly & Jeff Boyton., 1974

Start marked (T2). Corner, then pleasantly up wall. Veer slightly R. to roof. Traverse R. under roof t easiest line on R. side of overhang. Slight bulge, then directly up.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

Start marked (HH). Crack, then finish by way of BC's gully.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

Some delicate footwork whilst on side pulls gets you to an easier finish. Start as for HH, boulder up R to RB then straight up the wall to lower off on ledge.

Start marked (MF). Crack up to small overhang, step left onto slab, up to wide ledge then exit via chimney (BC's gully). Ledge can be used for top belay if done in two pitches.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

A good climb if one resists the temptation to escape to easier climbing on L. Start just L. of Terminator. R. side of face. First crux face is protected by 3 BRs. Rest of route is adequately protected by gear. From horizontal, move R. to join Terminator (best finish) or step L through bushes and up face to a large ledge. Continue up gully or climb unprotected roof (20/21) on R side of gully.

FA: Robert Cowan & Andrew McAuley, 1989

One of The Rock's classic test-pieces. Start Marked. Start 1m L. of Scratched Knees on top of rock. Up L. side of recess through spectacular roof line. Turn lower roof on L. using prominent hold on L wall to gain halfway ledge of Traverse #2. (Belay possible under main roof but don't bother) Turn second roof using underclings, then large jam-crack to reach jugs on lip. Wall above. (Both roofs easier than they look.).

FA: Jeff Boyton & Edward Fairleigh 1970's.

Start marked (SK). Starts 1m R. of Terminator (just L. of large nose). R. side of recess and overhang to roof. Don't pike on R., but head straight up through roof and finish up L. line.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

Excellent climbing in unusual place. Start as for SK, moving R. to join bottoming crack. Do not hang around crack like a wallflower - continue up arête. This leads to easier climbing and lovely stroll to top. Protection a bit dubious, but small RPs in strange places will protect crux.

FA: Robert Cowan & Greg Claire, 1989

Start 2m R of Wallflower on the face under the roof. Up this face to the roof. Step L into WF for a few moves then traverse back just above the roof to the arête. Follow this to the top where WF joins it.

FA: 2015

The Rock's first classic test piece at this grade. Start 2m left of prominent corner. Prominent upside-down staircase (two BRs) to ledge.

FA: Robert Cowan & Andrew Driscoll, 1989

Start as for Angie. Up this for 5m to a traverse line. Traverse L to join SC for about 4m then traverse L again to the arete and follow this to the SC anchor.

FA: 2015

Excellent climbing at this grade. Prominent corner marked 'A'. Corner to roof. L. past some large, loose blocks, then continue up.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

Follow Angie to roof, then follow R. line through roof. Straight up loose, R-facing corner to lower offs below loose wall at top.

FA: Wayne Maher, Glen Donohue, Iain Sedgman & Andrew Webb, 1984

Closed project please stay off. Steep with a difficult move to reach the lip. Start as for OE or LWF and climb either of these for the first 5m before stepping onto the arête. Follow this to the first roof, step R under this, up a move then a hard move out L to the lip. Finish up the face to the lower off on OE below the death choss at top..

Set by Matt Brooks, 2017

Beautiful line done in two pitches to reduce rope drag. 1) Start R of Angie and follow thin, diagonal line on face to roof. Exit R. Belay just round roof on blocky stance. DBB lower off here also. 2) Step back L., then steep line.

FA: Iain Sedgman & Glen Donohue (alt), 1984

First line R. of LWF. Thin crack, moving R. to horizontal. Traverse L. along horizontal to meet LWF.

FA: Robert Cowan & Andrew Driscoll., 1989

Climb SAM to horizontal, then move R. to overlap. Move R past a FH up thin flake and face past 2FHs to small roof. Over roof and up face until just R of large roof. Finish up closed flake past 2FHs to lower off R of LWF. (#5 stopper and 2 small cams is useful after roof). Direct finish added in May 2017, makes for more direct and fun route.

FA: Robert Cowan, Greg Caire & Andrew Driscoll, 1989

After climbing CHAOS past the 3 FHs to the small roof then traverse of crossing LWF to OE and climb the roof and corner above to lower off.

FA: Robert Cowan, Peter Cunningham & Andrew McAuley, 1989

Start marked. Easy corner past pillar and up L. side of wall.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley., 1973

Start as for JD but at about 15m follow easy crack on L. wall.

FA: Glen Donohue & Andrew Webb, 1984

Start 2m R. of JD at L. side of face. Hard face moves with scant protection lead by way of loose rock to shallow corner. Follow this up to top of pillar. Face above.

FA: Iain Sedgman, 1984

Thin line 3m R. of BM leading to shallow corner. Start behind large black and climb onto face. Difficult moves to horizontal. Pull past this to easier climbing. Protection difficult to place.

FA: Robert Cowan, Peter Cunningham & Andrew, 1989

Marked corner 9m R. of JD. Awkward start leads to quality. 20m slab corner. Easily to top.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Andrew Hedley, 1973

Follow for VC for 1m, then move R. onto arête. (If you reach L. into corner grade is reduced to about 15). Crux is getting past overlap.

FA: Andrew McAuley 80's.

Nice face climbing, a little contrived as it steps L into Mohammed. Start 2m R of VC. Pull up R onto face for a few moves then Boulder L to join M. Up M for a few moves before traversing R a few metres before climbing diagonally R over the overlap and face to the anchors of BS

FA: MB, 2015

Start 3m L of CD. Make some hard moves diagonally R to a jug then up a short crack to a horizontal. Step L 2m then straight up over the Arapiles style bulge to the finish.

FA: MB, 2015

R. of VC and round corner is 1m high ledge below steep face. Line from middle of ledge, moving R. At horizontal, swing L. and up into loose corner.

FA: Robert Cowan & Andrew McAuley., 1989

Excellent climbing on good rock. Small corner just R. of CD for a few moves. Where CD traverses L., climb thin, R-leaning crack. Follow this thin line (crux) to horizontal. Finish up corner. If crux is too hard, climb up L. and traverse R. along horizontal to finish the line (23).

FA: Robert Cowan & Andrew McAuley, 1989

Superb rock and nice face climbing. Starts 2m R of SJ follow the thin R leaning line up the wall staying approx 2m R of SJ the whole way.

FA: MB, 2015

Steep face 4m R. of VC. Take line at R. side, about 3m L. of Andrew and detached block. Veer L. with line into short corner (crux).

FA: Iain Sedgman, Peter Cunningham, Glen Donohue, D Harris & Tony Velling, 1985

Fantastic face and arete climbing with a sneaky step R at 2/3s height that makes it all go. Climb the arete immediately L of A to the second break after the slopy ledge. Step R into A at the roof climb this for a 1m and then step back L around the corner to the next BR. Climb the last bit of arete and face in a spectacular position to the top. Lower off below the choss at the top.

FA: MB, 2015

20m R. of VC is corner which starts behind L. end of large, detached block. Up between block and wall to join corner.

FA: Jeff Boyton & Harry Boyton, 1974

Follow Andrew to ledge (level with top of block). Crack out of R. side of Andrew. Thin moves to good stance. Finish up corner.

FA: Andrew McAuley & Robert Cowan, 1989

Bouldery crux down low. Face route up wall in behind detached pillar crossing OOA finishing at the anchors ledge on the ledge if Andrew.

FA: MB, 2015

2m R. of Andrew is a bottomless, shallow corner behind a detached block. 'Delicate' is the flavour of this test piece.

FA: Andrew McAuley & Robert Cowan, 1989

Just L. of The Brisbane Line at end of detached block is 4m face leading to horizontal. Ease up face L. of arête on micro holds to horizontal. L-leaning line to ledge, then face above.

FA: Peter Cunningham, Robert Cowan, Spring 1987. Direct Start added by Robert Cowan & Andrew McAuley, 1989

Starts at R. end of detached block. Overhanging corner, then step up next (tricky) corner above. Major corner-line above to little ledge with small tree, then last part of corner.

FA: Iain Sedgman, Glen Donohue & Wayne Maher, 1984

Thin, discontinuous crack 1m R. of BL to horizontal ramp of April Fools. R. corner. A bit of manual manipulation will see you through this section. Continue up broken face.

FA: Robert Cowan & Greg Claire, 1989

Starts 5m R. of BL on ramp. Follow L-sloping ramp to small ledge. Traverse round nose to main crack-line.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Andrew Hedley (14 & M1), 1973

FFA: Greg Smith & Jeff Boyton, 1976

20m Start at belay 13m R. of AF (up scrubby gully). Tend L., then cracks and ledges to main ledge

At the bottom R end of The Towers wall before it turns chossy is a 20m high butress about 50m R of Benders Lane. Start directly in front of butress and up 5m past a finger crack to a large ledge. Continue 10m up corner and step left onto smaller ledge. Up last 5m past large broken crack and block. Ascending -from the top 50m further to the R a cairn marks an easy ramp scramble back down.

FA: Darren Miles, 2001

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