Belougery Spire Mostly trad climbing22 routes in area
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Belougery Spire is the first of many breath-taking rock features encountered en route to the Grand High Tops.
The climbs of Belougery Spire include both short and long routes, varying in grade from easy to more difficult, with the 'Warrumbungles factor' of route-finding adding to the difficulties.© (jgoding)
Access issues inherited from Warrumbungles
Most of the crags are in Warrumbungle National Park.
From Camp Pincham, follow the hiking trail to the Grand High Tops. From here, a vague track leads northeast following a ridge to the base of the spire. To get to start of climbs either scramble onto half-way ledge or walk down the left side or right side of the spire. One other, adventurous, option is to approach the spire's climbs from Hurleys Campsite.
Halfway Ledge access: The Halfway Ledge is the large, scrubby terrace half-way up the West Face of Belougery Spire. From the walking track that leads to spire, walk around the east side of Belougery Pinnacle, then scramble up a gully-chimney. Continue walking/scrambling left over easy rock and scrub down to base of water-worn gully. Scramble up the gully. At the top of the gully turn left to reach starts of Vertigo, Endeavour Face and adjacent routes. A right turn at top of water-worn gully leads up a steep, vegetated gully to the base of Dr Dark's Chimney. Routes on the Halfway Ledge are described from right to left (facing cliff).
Access to Belougery Spire W side: From walking track that leads to Belougery Spire from the Grand High Tops, walk round W side of Belougery Pinnacle, then continue down beside W Face. Routes are also described from right to left (facing cliff).
Access to Belougery Spire E side: Access to Belougery Spire E side. From Grand High Tops walking track, walk round E side of Belougery Pinnacle to E Face. Routes are listed from left to right (facing cliff).
Descent from the spire is quite serious. From the summit saddle, at the log-book container, carefully scramble (back-rope recommended) down the track/gully to two bolts between the middle and south summits. Two 50 m ropes reach Half-way ledge from here or you can abseil to a second (midway) anchor with a single 60m rope .
Many of the topo lines have been drawn from poor quality topos or from the descriptions. Please don't rely on them too heavily and update them once you have completed any of these routes, if required© (jgoding)
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