Tonduron Mostly Trad climbing13 routes in area
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A remote spire offering truly adventurous routes. The harder lines are some of the strongest looking in the Bungles with true cracks, semi detached pinnacles and huge roof cracks. Full value !
This impressive rocky dome/spire offers climbing somewhat different in character from that on other major peaks. The lines are generally more prominent, while the holds frequently are not.
Climbs are descried clockwise from South Arete.
It appears that generally prior access to a locked gates needs to be obtained from the Park visitor center. No problems have been experienced by the author to date. Be respectful and keep access good.
Tonduron can be approached from the Grand High Tops if you don't mind a bit of a walk (in fact all four major spires Belougery, Crater Bluff, Tonduron and the Needle -have been climbed in a day using this approach).
The usual access, however, is from near Gunneemooroo campsite in the south part of the park.
Don't bother walking from the campsite as it's a long bush bash. Instead drive on fire trails to within a few hundred meters of the spire.
A 4WD would be ideal, but a decent clearance car, careful driving and dry weather are ok for 2WD.
From John Renshaw Pkwy a few km west of Tooraweenah follow National Park signs towards Guneemooroo campground on Mount Terrace rd.
After travelling through private land for some distance the park gate (often locked) is reached. To get to Tonduron turn right immediately after the gate on to Namen Trail. Going straight on Guneemooroo Trail goes to the camp site. The campsite is quite nice and we'll worth staying at.
Namen Trail heads be-musingly south for some time away from the action and goes through paddocks on the south side of a long rocky escarpment. The road then heads north into forest with some steep climbs and creek crossings and passes cool escarpments and outcrops.
After 7 Km a T intersection with Yootha Trail is reached. Turn left and the road begins to climb up the southern flank of the spire with great views of its south and western flanks.
A clearing on the southern side is reached after 3.6 km and is the parking point. If you turn east and go down a steep hill you've gone to far.
Its a short but steepish walk following faint goat tracks to a small saddle then to the west and south ridges.
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