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Table of contents

1. The Main Face 11 routes in Cliff

Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: 147.074213, -35.274819


A great climbing area for a hot afternoon.

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.


Access to The Main Face is by the Yerong Nature Trail from the car park. Climbs are listed left to right. At the left end of this cliff are five short corners; they are, Running Crack, Solo Crack, January Crack, Carcinogenic Cloud and Greg's Climb. A great climbing area for a hot afternoon. All climbs used to be marked, but markings have begun to wear and can be very difficult to find. All climbs are marked, but markings have begun to wear and can be very difficult to find.

Upper Terrace On the terrace above the Main Face are two tiers. Go to the top tier for Walking Across the Rooftops, Tinsel Town, and Yerong Trail Directissimo.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Running Crack

First corner-crack on L. side of cliff.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Greg Smith, 1976

8 Trad 10m
2 Maherie

'There are routes and there are routes - but this is not one of them. It will surely land on the packs in years to come'. Loose. Start about 2m R. of RC. Move up L. and scale loose rock to perch yourself on person-sized, loose flake. Continue up even looser line above.

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

13 Trad 10m
3 Solo Crack

Corner R. of Running Crack.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Greg Smith, 1976

10 Trad 15m
4 January Crack

Corner R. of Solo Crack.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Greg Smith, 1976

10 Trad 20m
5 Mossy, Too

Start in crack system just R. of arĂȘte between January Crack and Carcinogenic Cloud. Crack until arĂȘte can be gained.

FA: Derek Rempe, Robert Cowan, 1996

14 Trad 30m
6 Carcinogenic Cloud

Corner R. of January Crack.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Greg Smith, 1976

10 Trad 30m
7 Greg's Climb

Start marked. Corner R. of Carcinogenic Cloud. Crack and wall above.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Greg Smith, 1976

16 Trad 40m
8 Falcon's Lair

3m R. of Greg's Climb is ledge 3m off ground. Boulder to ledge and climb corner to roof. Step R. to gain beautiful finger crack. Wall.

FA: Robert Cowan, Derek Rempe, 1996

19 Trad 40m
9 The Rock Face Route

A classic climb and the first done at The Rock. Start marked.

  1. Scramble to corner crack which give access to R. sloping ramp. Climb ramp which runs to large ledge. Belay on ledge.

  2. Traverse L. along ledge and round buttresses to reach exposed eagles-nest-like stance where ledge terminates.

  3. From stance climb crack, then veer slightly R. to escape wall and face (crux).

Exposure is grade 15 on its own.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Shane Burkett, 1971

15 Trad 120m 3
10 The Rock Face Direct

The Rock's original 'big wall' climb. Start marked.

  1. Cracks to ledge

  2. Aid thin crack which arches L. to join main crack/chimney line.

  3. Chimney-crack.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Andrew Hedley, 1974

15 M3 Aid 65m 3
11 Mossy

Start marked. Line of least resistance up mossy slab on R. side of face.

FA: Jeff Boyton, Andrew Hedley, 1974

13 Trad 40m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
8 Running Crack Trad 10m
10 Carcinogenic Cloud Trad 30m
January Crack Trad 20m
Solo Crack Trad 15m
13 Maherie Trad 10m
Mossy Trad 40m
14 Mossy, Too Trad 30m
15 The Rock Face Route Trad 120m 3
15 M3 The Rock Face Direct Aid 65m 3
16 Greg's Climb Trad 40m
19 Falcon's Lair Trad 40m