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Trad only! No bolts to be seen. Great moderate climbing, though slightly suss rock as with most of NT.


Glen Helen is an area 132km from Alice Springs, so a short amble, particularly on the NT 130kmh roads. It's a pleasant gorge with a number of climbs that were put up by, among others, the Aussie legend Malcolm Matheson. The rock around

Access issues

The area is inside a national park, not owned by the hotel. The rangers would appreciate it if you call them on (08) 8956 7799 before you wish to climb, or at least, drop in and see them at the Ormiston Ranger Station. The area is certainly culturally significant, so no bolting is allowed. Obviously as the area is just behind a hotel (and doesn't get climbers very often at all), it might also be worth having a chat to the owners before you start scaling cliffs and subjecting yourself to the possible embarrassment of having cops called !


The crag can be accessed a 5 minute (or less) walk from the Glen Helen hotel. If you want to set anything up from the top, you can either climb up or walk around to one of the lower, scramble-up points on either side.

Where to stay

The Glen Helen hotel is the obvious place to go!


No bolting allowed, at all, ever. This is a place of historical significance.


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First recorded climbing was in 1973, and then a big break afterward before more first ascents were put up. The area is unlikely to be climbed out.


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