Shepherds Crook All Trad climbing7 routes in crag
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Shepherds Crook is the name given to the bright orange walls and boulders to the right of Mt Stuart on the same ridgeline. The area is plainly visible from the JCU campus looking in the opposite direction to the sea (south). Its peak is 456m above sea level. On Townsville's 1:100000 map #8259 it is closest to the co-ordinates 74,60. This area is gained by a ~1.5 hour walk uphill from the south end of the JCU ring-road. It is a slog, don't go on a hot day. If you are visiting Townsville, go to Mt Stuart instead, this is a spread out, difficult, and often unenjoyable area, but new routes are there for those who seek them...
Access issues inherited from James Cook University
To climb at these areas without possible trespassing, relevant permission may be required. It's your choice whether you obtain permission or not.
From the bouldering area mentioned above, keep walking up the creek until it becomes difficult to do so, then move out of the creek onto the grassy plain. Then follow your nose steeply up to the orange walls. The walk up should take about 1.5 hours in total.
Ethic inherited from Townsville
Marking the rock at the start of the climbs used to be the norm, this is now frowned apon
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