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Not far from Hotdog Walls and a similar style of crag. Great views, great exposure and some nice climbing. Faces NNE, so it is an excellent winter crag.

Routes are described from left to right base of cliff, this includes any general direction ie rap trees etc. Rap in and climb out. Take a few rope protectors. All routes start from ledges or semi hanging stances (2 routes). Most bolts are glue in stainless steel bolts requiring bolt brackets, plus a couple of bashins. Rap in anchors are trees. Friend sizes are Wild Country. The first 2 routes are 170m from where the track meets the cliff (Carpark). Routes are 10m before the rocky outcrop.

Access issues

Access: See maps for Hotdog Walls climbing area. If you are driving via access 2 (currently 4wd only), instead of driving 3.3km, turn left onto a small road at 2.7km. Alternately, if arriving via access 1, drive past the Hotdog Carpark a further 600m to a right-hand turn. This smaller road can be seen on the second hotdog access map. It is 1.1km long. The first 300m is 2wd (small Carpark) then it is 4wd for the rest. If you drive the remaining 800m you can drive all the way to the top of the cliff and belay off your bumper bar!

Ethic inherited from Blue Mountains

Although sport climbing is well entrenched as the most popular form of Blueys climbing, mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule over the long term. Please try to use available natural gear where possible, and do not bolt cracks or potential trad climbs.

Because of the softness of Blue Mountains sandstone, bolting should only be done by those with a solid knowledge of glue-in equipping. A recent fatality serves as a reminder that this is not an area to experiment with bolting.

If you do need to top rope, please do it through your own gear as the wear on the anchors is both difficult and expensive to maintain.

It would be appreciated if brushing of holds becomes part of your climbing routine - do it with a soft bristled brush and never a steel brush!

The removal of vegetation - both from the cliff bases and the climbs - is not seen as beneficial to aesthetics of the environment nor to our access to it. However, the fast growing scrub can conceal walking tracks in mere months, so bringing a pair of secaturs and pruning as you walk is a good way of helping out with the constant task of track maintenance. Some appropriately discreet pruning is a far better alternative then track braiding (which causes far more damage). It's also a good warmup for your forearms! However, do so only on Council land and not in the National Park.



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Right facing corner crack. Small to medium cams plus wires.

FA: Mark Wilson & Brendan Helmrich, Jun 2011

6m right of Sweet Chilli. Thin face crack. Sustained. Wires and cams up to medium, double up on micro cams.

FA: Brendan Helmrich & Mark Wilson, Jun 2011

Absolute ripper! Rap down the arête from the large smooth barked gum tree 10m towards Hotdog Walls. Classic open book corner starting from good ledge. Fiery start. Double set of wires and double set of cams #00 to #3

FA: Mark Wilson & Brendan Helmrich, Apr 2011

Very nice arête. Rap down Endless Summer to footledge 13m above the ground, semi hanging belay (or start up Endless Summer) Belay gear #0.5 #3 #3.5 friends. Friends #00 to #3.5 plus wires. Climb corner crack for a couple of metres, traverse right to #3.5 cam placement plus small wires, then up the arête past #3 cam and 5 bolts.

FA: Brendan Helmrich & Mark Wilson, Jun 2011

Nice route. Use the smooth barked gum tree at the Carpark. Rap down to large ledge. There are 3 lines of scoops. Take the left line of scoops to overlap. Thread runner at start and 2nd thread between 1st & 2nd bolts, optional #3.5 cam 1m after 2nd bolt. At overlap traverse right under 3rd and 4th bolt then up and back left, optional #3 cam for final moves. 8 bolts all up.

FA: Mark Wilson & Brendan Helmrich, Apr 2011

Right line of scoops. Up then leftwards to join Sunny Side Up after 5 bolts. 10 bolts in total. Was originally heading straight up after the 4th bolt. Give it a shot if you want.

FA: Mark Wilson & Brendan Helmrich, Aug 2011

Corner crack. Starts from sloping ledge, rap down wall to the right of the route. Halfway between the end of the climb and the arête. Single set of wires and double set of cams

FA: Brendan Helmrich & Mark Wilson, Apr 2011

Very airy arête. As you gaze into the valley and look leftwards, there is a striking hanging arete! Facing in, Rap down right side of arête and swing left when near the 2 belay bolts. 10 bolts on the route.

FA: Brendan Helmrich & Mark Wilson, May 2011

Great wall great route!

Locate first cairn 7m past the arête. Rap down until 5m above shale ledge. Grab the big jug and clip the 2 belay bolts under the lip, extend with 4m sling down to the ledge . Rap to the ledge. 13 bolts plus #3 cam at 25m plus #1.5 cam just before the top. At the 8th bolt there is a bulge with minimal holds, traverse right then up and back left. (Or climb direct 24/25?) Take about 4 extender draws.

FA: Brendan Helmrich & Mark Wilson, Jun 2011

Another nice climb.

Locate second cairn 18m past the arête. Rap down and swing left to belay bolts just above overhang, 10m above ledge. 8 bolts and #3 Cam

FA: Mark Wilson & Brendan Helmrich, Aug 2011


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