Solar All Trad climbing10 routes in crag
- Grades: AU
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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: 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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