Hargraves Lookout Rock climbing35 routes in cliff
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A super convenient single-pitch sandstone crag overlooking the beautiful Stanwell Park. Most routes are short (8-15m high) and are well bolted with ringbolts and lower-offs. There are a couple of good trad cracks as well. There is a homeless man living in a cave under the lookout. Say hi!
Access issues inherited from Wollongong
There are no serious access issues in the region. Don't be a dick and mess up access for future generations by bolting within sight of tourist tracks or pissing off rangers.
Drive to intersection of Stonehaven Rd and Bendena Garden in the town of Stanwell Tops. Park in large open gravel carpark next to The Tumbling Waters/Garden of Peace resort entrance. Walk down Wodi Wodi walking track behind the resort fence, passing a small stream that goes under their fence to epic pool. After the stream the walking track splits, take the left turn and shortly after you will reach a rocky lookout with chain fence. The rock chimney gully on the far side of the fence is the walk-down access point to bottom of the cliff. All up the walk is less than 5 minutes.
Most routes have lower-offs. There are also large trees above the Lookout sector.
Ethic inherited from Wollongong
Retro-bolting of established trad routes is frowned upon. There has been some controversy in recent years about new routes being bolted above tourist tracks. Please don't do this.
Ian Anger was possibly the first climber to sniff around here in the early 1980s. There were a couple of rusty carrots on the Lookout sector that date from this time. In the 1990s local climber Chris Wilmott bolted many of the first sport routes here. A decade later Shire boys Shaun Martin and Jason Lammers finished the remaining routes off.
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