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The most popular climb in the 'Warrumbungles' and justifiably so. One of the most striking lines in Australia. Can be safely climbed and descended with a single 70m rope.

  1. 30m (6) The first 90 metres was originally climbed in three pitches but can be done quite safely (and more easily) in two rope stretching pitches (50m rope), including comfy belays. Follow rib.

  2. 30m (8). Keep following rib.

  3. 30m (8). Keep following rib to large ledge.

  4. 40m (14) Move out left around the rib at the little horn and onto the northern face for approx 5m and then back to the arete. Up to a large ledge. Approx 3 pitons on this pitch.

  5. 20m (13) Up the rib from here on. The ledges for good belays are pretty obvious and about 20 metres apart.

  6. 20m (12)

  7. 20m (11) Up past 2 pitons at start.

Was originally called 'Cornerstone Rib Direct' but as the direct version is far more popular than the 'original' version, the direct version has taken the name.

Route History:

  • First Ascent: Bryden Allen & Ted Batty, 1962


Located in Crater Bluff approx:
Lat/Long: -31.337490,148.995733

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Route Grade Citations

14 Community registered grade
Brian Cork
14 OZ Rock
14 Pocket RockGUIDE: The Warrumbungles
14 *** ACA Route Register

Route quality

Route quality

Overall quality score: 84%

Lead Styles

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Comments keywords

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