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Mon 19th Sep 2022 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd Pierces Pass Pierces Pass East Side
23 Smegadeath

Really great and even better since the terrific Monty rebolt (this would have been SUCH a mission and a generally thankless task - so THANKS NEIL!)

Left Blackheath at 1:45pm and topped out at 6pm for a sunset view over the Grose, perfect. Easy to get to, great climbing, and easy walk back to the car.

For some reason I had it in my mind that the first pitch was grade 20, this definitely felt full value at 20. Felt better when I looked at the topo and saw it was not 20. I always find the black rock a bit spooky. More of an adventure feel than the other pitches. Have the most confident climber lead pitch 1.

As a general comment, I can see why short people get shut down on one or more moves on this route. There were some reachy moves that I couldn't see any alternative. It's also worth mentioning that because all pitches start from comfortable ledges, the first few moves off the ledge (which are sometimes undercut roof starts) present a danger for the second to fall and hit the ledge. For example, a low 20's climber would be safer to lead the second pitch rather than second it.

- with Jake Bresnehan
1 23 50 lead by Lee Cujes
2 20 35 lead by Jake Bresnehan
3 21 30 lead by Lee Cujes
4 23 25 lead by Jake Bresnehan
5 21 35 lead by Lee Cujes
6 22 45 lead by Jake Bresnehan
Sport 220m Classic
Sun 26th Jun 2022 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Megalong Valley Crags James Bond Mr Big Area
19 Mr Big

Nice. Top pitch is well worth doing. Anchor is set a long way back so not advisable to lower off (I downclimbed and lowered off the final bolt instead). Otherwise bring up a second and rap off.

- with Sammi
Sport 75m Very Good
Sat 26th Mar 2022 - Arapiles
The Pharos and Surrounds The Pharos Uncle Charlie
32 Punks in the Gym

Punks shot #2. Hot, face melting. Was mostly keen to experience the top section. Climbed clean to below the heel move, pulled through. Climbed from the rest and stuck the drive-by, couldn't stand up, then pulled through. Did the rest of moves, not nicely, with screaming skin. Then drive 11 hours home!

- with Jake Bresnehan
Mixed trad 30m, 7
Fri 25th Mar 2022 - Arapiles
The Pharos and Surrounds The Pharos Uncle Charlie
32 Punks in the Gym

1.5 hours dogging around, experiencing a piece of climbing history. Did all moves up to and including the birdbath drive-by. Struggled after, didn't really get stood up. Also struggled on the lower heel move, kinda managed it once. Toasted by the time I lowered off. A 20+ year dream to get on this route.

- with Jake Bresnehan
Mixed trad 30m, 7
Thu 24th Mar 2022 - Arapiles
Northern Group Henry Bolte Wall
22 Follow Your Nose Mixed trad 12m, 1 Good
Sun 20th Feb 2022 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Perry's Lookdown
24 Beggars Banquet

Great summer afternoon out. I was lucky to not fall off pitches 1 and 4. And p3 was a battle royale on the onsight. Only barely squeaked it in. Each pitch has its own unique character. It seems like this hasn't seen much attention over the years, but it definitely should. Take a 4m length of rope to back up or replace the rope on p1's monster tree belay.

- with Aaron Jones
1 22 30m lead by Lee Cujes
2 17 35m lead by Aaron Jones
3 24 25m lead by Lee Cujes
4 24 40m lead by Aaron Jones
5 22 40m lead by Lee Cujes
6 21 15m lead by Aaron Jones
Sport 190m Very Good
Thu 10th Feb 2022 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd The Dam Cliffs Gulf War Wall
25 War and Peace

Unsending

Sport 10m, 5 Good
25 War and Peace

Re-sending

Sport 10m, 5 Good
Thu 10th Feb 2022 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd The Dam Cliffs Steep Wall
16 The Sisters of Fatima Sport 12m, 5 Classic
Sun 30th Jan 2022 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Pindari
23 The House of Meat

Quite a thin tricky bit up there. Plenty of bolts and well worth doing.

- with Sammi
Sport 40m Very Good
21 20 This Sporting Life

Repeat.

- with Sammi
Sport 43m, 15 Classic
21 Rampaging Roy

Baby's first "Way of All Flesh?"

- with Sammi
Sport 30m Good
22 Much of a Muchness

Less sustained than This Sporting Life, might be easier for some?

- with Sammi
Sport 30m Good
Thu 13th Jan 2022 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd Pierces Pass Pierces Pass West Side
25 The Watchers On The Wall

Has all those ingredients you want in a Pierces Pass multipitch. Some adventure, some easier climbing, some harder climbing, all well-protected on U-bolts but with a feeling of growing intensity as you get higher. If you've not been to this wall before, it's around 25 mins walk-in from the carpark to the base of the route, mostly on an excellent track (see Bladderhozen approach notes in guide). Climb, rap back down, walk out. Or combine with The Iron Throne or Bladderhozen for more sport pitch fun in the same zone.

- with Jake Bresnehan, Kamil Sustiak
1 20 45 lead by Lee Cujes
2 23 25 lead by Lee Cujes
3 25 25 lead by Lee Cujes
4 25 25 lead by Lee Cujes
Sport 120m Very Good
Sun 12th Dec 2021 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd Pierces Pass Pierces Pass West Side
24 The Iron Throne

Awesome one to do as a sport-multi summer afternoon combined with Bladderhozen as they are virtually side by side.

- with Jake Bresnehan
1 16 14m lead by Jake Bresnehan
2 23 32m lead by Lee Cujes
3 21 30m lead by Jake Bresnehan
4 24 37m lead by Lee Cujes
Sport 110m Classic
23 Bladderhozen

Great! Super variety of holds and rock shapes. Steepish, and mostly jugs.

- with Jake Bresnehan
1 21 lead by Lee Cujes
2 21 lead by Jake Bresnehan
3 23 lead by Lee Cujes
Sport 110m Classic
Sun 10th Oct 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Hocus Pocus Area
15 El Dingle

This was not the "climb with a pack on shortcut to the car" route I was hoping for. What was probably a fun jaunt in the 60s is just too dangerous by modern standards. And oddly, because of the few bolts, their positions and hugely weaving nature of the climbing, it's probably just as dangerous for the second as the leader.

Mixed trad 54m, 3 Don't Bother
Sun 10th Oct 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Cottage Boulder
24 Leanings

Oddly sustained.

- with Sammi
Sport 17m Classic
25 Cant

Blazing sun; bit of a battle.

- with Sammi
Sport 25m Good
Mon 4th Oct 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Slape Area
16 The Spartan

Interesting in part because you cannot see the business from the ground. The hidden offwidth was actually hard! If I was doing it again I'd wear socks and maybe an approach shoe on my left foot. Thank god for the #5 camalot I've been holding onto for 20 years and never using until now. The novel cord-slung chockstone belay could do with an upgrade to chain as it's only a matter of time before abrasion or sun gets the better of it.

- with Sammi
Mixed trad 50m, 4 Very Good
Sun 12th Sep 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zap Crag Upper Zap
22 Jug Buzz

Gearing up

- with Sammi
Sport 15m, 6 Very Good
28 Pulse

Skin wasn't really up to the task, but will be keen to go back. Did all moves except what I presume is the crux to the blobby section. Didn't seem easy!

- with Sammi
Sport 20m, 7
28 Zapt

Second go. 20 degrees, 20% humidity, gale force westerlies. With a wing suit I could have soloed it.

- with Sammi
Sport 20m, 10 Very Good
Sun 5th Sep 2021 - Blue Mountains
Medlow Bath The Sunbath
12 Until Death Do Us Part

Down jacket, sneakers and gardening gloves. Proper alpine.

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 9 Very Good
22 23 The Incredible Hulk

Curious.

- with Sammi
Sport 11m Good
14 Mañana

Down jacket, sneakers and gardening gloves. Proper alpine.

- with Sammi
Sport 22m, 8 Classic
Fri 3rd Sep 2021 - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Area Narrow Neck Narrow Neck Crags Southern Crag
18 On Both Sides of the Glass Direct

The first pitch is a great arete feature. Tons of trad and 2 carrots. Crux bulge is tricky and pumpy. For the second pitch, the direct certainly seemed the more sensible option and I'm glad we took it. I wonder if many people hit the ledge falling off the start of p2 (especially on second with rope stretch)? Take a panic draw if you have one. I reckon you'd want to be confident climbing 22 on trad to jump on this one. We walked off (staying roped up for the first 30m) which was fine to get back to the Cave Climb abseil, or back to the car if this is your last climb of the day.

- with Sammi
1 18 30m lead by Lee Cujes
2 18 30m lead by Lee Cujes
Mixed trad 60m, 10 Very Good
13 Cave Climb

Fantastic and unique cave pitch, crawling into the depths of the earth. You can happily take and use all your large protection. Big cams #3 → #5, big hexes etc. Access is rap in (50m should be fine), climb out, so very convenient. Stay safe getting to the exposed abseil point.

- with Sammi
Trad 68m Classic
Sun 22nd Aug 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount York Mezzaluna Area
16 Mezzaluna

What's a better single pitch sport 16 in the Mtns?

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 8 Classic
19 Public Pressure - with Sammi Sport 30m, 8 Very Good
21 20 Murmel Snooze

Rooflet move is hard. I wonder how many ascents of this have skirted around to the right?

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 9 Good
22 Cultivate a Callus

Hard, and harder still if you don't spot the grips. Climbs more like a boulder problem.

- with Sammi
Sport 10m Average
18 High Society - with Sammi Sport 25m, 7 Good
15 My Grandmother's Dinky

Right on golden hour with live music pumping from the valley. Lockdown party?

- with Sammi
Sport 20m, 4 Good
9 Frolic

#11 hex, y'all!

- with Sammi
Trad 13m Very Good
Sun 15th Aug 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Janicepts Area
22 Thin Time

Quite good, interesting, weird, and hard - especially up top. Solid 23.

- with Sammi
Sport 24m Very Good
26 Daphne

Failed on low crux.

- with Sammi
Sport 30m Very Good
26 Daphne

Really pleased to have got this one in the bag. Hats off to Mikl clawing his way up this in biblical times. [3]

- with Sammi
Sport 30m Very Good
Sun 15th Aug 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Flake Crack Area
13 Charity

16 surely?

- with Sammi
Trad 14m Good
15 Hope

Nice one

- with Sammi
Trad 15m Very Good
15 15 R Chastity

Retreat! Retreat! Climbed in 1966 in concrete boots and wooden rope. In 2021 with modern gear, I backed off. And I'm alright with that.

- with Sammi
Trad 14m
Sat 7th Aug 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Janicepts Area
26 Daphne

I was quietly proud to onsight the first 20m with no feeling in my fingers. I'd done the hard climbing, but fingies ceased to open or close, making climbing difficult. Warmed up and went to top. Will go back for it.

- with Sammi
Sport 30m Very Good
21 The Janicepts

Man, that was great. Intimidating, glad to have finally done it. Filmed the POV, it's on YouTube. Onsight spolier.

- with Sammi
Trad 27m Mega Classic
18 Amen Corner

Really cool, with the wide section being pretty heady (for those of us without #7 cams!). Calves were burning. There may have even been #calfspooge.

- with Sammi
Trad 30m Classic
Sat 31st Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Slape Area
22 21 Vinyl Idl

Yeah I'd give this 22 at least. A bit awkward and oozey but worth doing (moreso if there was an easy lower-off). Easy to run out of plates with both bottom and top belays requiring them. No top lower-off (2BRs). I walked climbers L 50m to a perma-slung tree, rapped from here to vegetated halfway ledge, located the bolted lower-off above the Carthegenian and rapped here to the floor. Apparently you can also go climbers R to rap down The Plunge.

- with Sammi
Sport 23m, 6 Good
19 Cartwheeling

Nice interesting jaunt. Second pitch arete was pretty cool with a few airy delicate moves.

- with Sammi
1 13 15m lead by Sammi
2 19 15m lead by Lee Cujes
Sport 30m Very Good
Sun 18th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Flake Crack Area
15 Tombstone Wall

A cool varied wandering adventure. The low mantle is quite tricky I thought! Don't land on the tree spike of death!

- with Sammi
Mixed trad 30m, 3 Classic
17 Flake Crack

I'm surprised there's not more prangs on this. The layback is pretty slip-off-able and big cams aren't always the best things in the world. Having a couple of #4 camalots for the flake would be prudent rather than relying on one.

- with Sammi
1 17 15m
2 17 15m
3 23m
Trad 53m Classic
Sun 18th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mount Piddington Eternity Area
15 The Carthaginian

Can't claim the onsight. Seconded this 19 years ago

Trad 33m Very Good
Thu 15th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Shipley Upper Hot Flyer Wall
25 Loop the Loop

First lap in 17 years. Fell off the final hold

Sport 25m Classic
Sun 11th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Cheap Dive Wall and Beyond
22 Cheap Dive

Great fun.

Sport 27m Classic
Sun 11th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Black Bart's Wall
19 Black Bart

Continually interesting and enjoyable from bottom to top.

- with Sammi
Mixed trad 25m, 7 Classic
13 Honey Dip

This is the best easy pitch I've done in the Blue Mountains.

- with Sammi
Mixed trad 28m, 1 Mega Classic
Sun 4th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Giggles Wall
16 Giggles

Classic! Just two cams (#1.5 and #2 friend).

- with Sammi
Mixed trad 30m, 7 Classic
Sun 4th Jul 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Zig Zag Dress Rehearsal Rag Wall
16 Dead Milkmen

Lots of little wires. I tried to avoid stickclipping the only very high first carrot, but then backed off and stickclipped. Which was a bit of a mission in and of itself.

- with Sammi
Trad 15m Average
21 Dress Rehearsal Rag

Interesting moves for a slab.

- with Sammi
1 17 15m lead by Lee Cujes
2 21 20m
Sport 35m, 4 Very Good
23 Disaster Area

5th shot. Yup! Slabs!

- with Sammi
Sport 15m Good
Mon 14th Jun 2021 - Nowra
Thompson's Point The Very Nice Wall
22 Killer Boas

Sort of a 1 legged ascent type of thing.

- with Sammi
Sport 10m Good
Mon 14th Jun 2021 - Nowra
Thompson's Point Descent Gully Walls
17 Butt Head

Something I could do after the MCL tear. Such nice gritstone on this wall.

- with Sammi
Sport 15m, 7 Classic
Sat 12th Jun 2021 - Nowra
Thompson's Point Little Grease Cave
30 Narcosis

Things were coming along nicely until my knee went POP. Serves me right for dropkneeing though.

- with Doug McConnell
Sport 10m
Sat 22nd May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Area Ngula Bulgarabang/ Radiata Plateau Elphinstone Main Wall
30 Mr Squiggle (Linkup) (Mr Squiggle)

Yowza. Bolt to bolt first run.

- with Doug McConnell
Sport 30m
Sun 16th May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd Bell Supercrag Sunnyside
30 House of Suns

Fell on move to final crimp. Fingers too numb and slow. Tried heel beta and it worked nicely. Maybe it’s the way to redpoint.

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 11
30 House of Suns

Fell same move using heel beta. Hmm. Dunno.

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 11
30 House of Suns

Gearing up

- with Sammi
Sport 25m, 11
Fri 14th May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Hat Hill Crag
23 Fascinator

Fluffed the onsight [2]

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 25m, 11 Good
22 Fedora

Consistent and interesting the whole way. A great route at this grade.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 18m, 8 Classic
Sun 9th May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Celebrity Crags Oliver Stone
26 Age Against the Machine

Fitness lap.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 17m, 9 Very Good
Sun 9th May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Celebrity Crags Sharon Stone
27 Fucked on Cocaine

Great addition by Evan; very well-equipped and quite bouldery. May be comparable to something like White Linen. Psyched.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 16m, 10 Very Good
27 Some Violence and Sexual References

Fitness lap.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 20m, 11 Very Good
Sat 8th May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Gateway, Doomsday & Fort Rock Doomsday Wall
20 One for the Old School

Glad Duncan led this! Can't imagine many people would bother with this one? I'm actually not really sure why you bolted it Monty, let alone with carrots. I'm sure there's a good story.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 17m, 5 Don't Bother
22 Minority of Fun

Need to second as the massive traverse makes it "uncleanable" otherwise. The slab section off the belay on orange marble was super-tech!

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 33m, 13 Very Good
23 Cockorona

Maybe the most memorable move on the whole wall: the slab-mantle! Deary me, kill me now!

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 25m, 9 Good
24 Submission

Good one, felt like a bit of a gamble which way to go at the top.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 25m Good
24 Patience Zero

I was closest to falling off the top of this. No chalk to guide the way, proper hunting.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 37m, 15 Very Good
25 24/25 Lockdown

Some proper tricky moves on the slab. Did this as the last route and was happy to get away with it.

- with Duncan Steel
Sport 38m, 17 Very Good
Sun 2nd May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd Bell Supercrag The Blowhole
27 Full Blown Frenzy

A rush of blood to the head? [2]

- with Doug McConnell, Sammi
Sport 11 Good
Sat 1st May 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Porters Pass Dogs, Cats & Apples Wall
22 Nylon Happy

Probably loses a star in today's money for the early 90s bolt positions.

- with Doug McConnell
Sport 20m Very Good
25 Sparkle Motion

17 year project! Lol, but also seriously. #FDLFCS [4]

- with Doug McConnell
Sport 15m Don't Bother
Thu 29th Apr 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Porters Pass Sail Away Wall
25 Wipe Out

Between Mon 26 and Thu 29 Apr 2021, one of my quickdraws was removed from the traverse bolt. It's black, 25cm dogbone, Petzl biners. Slightly odd given the entire route and extension were geared up, and everything else was untouched. Maybe a cockatoo ate it?

- with Doug McConnell
Sport 30m, 8 Classic
29 28 My Pheramone

Long slings, roller biners, 50m of air, skipping clips and and going feet first to the lip. That's what I call a good time. [6]

- with Doug McConnell, Duncan Steel
Sport 45m Classic
Thu 15th Apr 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Porters Pass Self Portrait Wall
29 Self Portrait

Six tries this year. Several lobs off the last move [9]

- with Jake Bresnehan, Sammi
Sport 30m Classic
Sun 28th Mar 2021 - Blue Mountains
Mount Victoria Area Mitchells Ridge Grace Gully
24 Mogambo

Quite nice. Need to lay some power down at the top.

- with Sammi, Aaron Jones
Sport 16m Good
26 Grace

13 years after my previous attempt in 2008. Fell on the last move on this Alzheimer's OS try.

- with Sammi, Aaron Jones
Sport 16m Very Good
26 Grace

Understandably popular. Weirdly endurancy for such a short route. Heartbreaker finish.

- with Sammi, Aaron Jones
Sport 16m Very Good
23 Will it Stay?

Looks very unassuming from the ground. Top section is no joke. There are plenty of easier 24s around.

- with Sammi
Sport 15m Good
Sat 6th Mar 2021 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Logan Brae Main Cliff
25 Dr Stein Sport 18m, 10 Classic
25 Dr Stein Sport 18m, 10 Classic
22 Room With a View Sport 15m Very Good
24 Surprise Package Sport 17m, 8 Very Good
24 Surprise Package Sport 17m, 8 Very Good
Wed 13th Jan 2021 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd The Dam Cliffs Steep Wall
22 Vasco Pyjama - with Sammi Sport 12m, 4 Average
16 The Sisters of Fatima - with Sammi Sport 12m, 5 Classic
Wed 13th Jan 2021 - Blue Mountains
Bells Line of Road & Chifley Rd The Dam Cliffs Gulf War Wall
23 Guerilla Warfare - with Sammi Sport 18m, 6 Average
22 Sister Rosa - with Sammi Sport 18m, 8 Good
Sun 13th Dec 2020 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Porters Pass Self Portrait Wall
23 Chook Lotto

14 years later apparently, now with trustworthy bolts. I would have called it an onsight but theCrag keeps me honest. You can kneebar your way through the start, if you're that way inclined.

- with Sammi
Sport 20m Good
Sun 6th Dec 2020 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Porters Pass La La Land Area
23 Legoland - with Sammi Sport 25m, 9 Classic
Fri 4th Dec 2020 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Celebrity Crags Jimmy Cliff
19 Anal Leakage - with Sammi Sport 15m, 6 Good
22 Red Sleigh Down - with Sammi Sport 15m, 6 Good
Fri 4th Dec 2020 - Blue Mountains
Blackheath Area Celebrity Crags Rock Hudson
25 Geek Salad

Nice, well worth getting on!

- with Sammi
Sport 8 Very Good
Sun 27th Sep 2020 - The Balkans
The Trenches The Caves
V4 V6 Bring It On

In the modern world of roof climbing and kneebars, this would be a grade 24 roof route if it was on a rope, but it does seem a bit mean to suggest it's a V3?

Boulder 12m

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