Senior Citizens Wall

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 9

Access: Climbing not advised. SPA Area

Wait for outcome of ParkVics survey.

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Created about a year ago




The very R end of Tiger Wall.

Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Tiger Wall Area

Access issues inherited from Arapiles

Cultural heritage closures now apply to some parts of Arapiles. This advice continues to evolve and may not be fully reflected in this website; refer to Parks Victoria for details applicable at the time of your visit.

Bird Nesting September-December Raptors usually nest on the following climbs in Spring : Cassandra, Eurydice, Harlequin Cracks, Revelations. Nesting usually finishes mid-December. There may or may not be signs in place at these times. Please keep 50m clear of these climbs if there appears to be nesting activity.

State Park - no dogs. No fires allowed Oct-Apr (inclusive).


Sramble 40m up Pan gully (between Tiger Wall and Grotto Wall) then to a terrace on the L.

Descent notes

40m abseil from rap station above Senior Citizens.

Ethic inherited from Arapiles

Mount Arapiles is first and foremost a trad climbing area. The few sport climbs tend to be in the higher grades where no natural pro is available.

Bolting, particularly retro-bolting, is discouraged and should only be undertaken after extensive consultation with the local climbers, first ascensionists, etc. Inappropriately placed bolts have been chopped.

Do not chip the rock.

Look after the park.

  • Stick to the paths.

  • Don't disturb the wildlife.

  • Routes near peregrine falcon nesting sites are closed in the spring.

  • Minimise the impact of your camping (fuel stoves not fires, take your rubbish with you, etc).


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As usual here second pitch is the best. Start about 5 metres right of DVIT and 5 metres left of 'Senior Citizens'.

  1. 25m (15) Follow thin line up a series of discontinuous walls to ledge.

  2. 20m (21) Blocky corner then straight to roof. Hard over this then up left-leading line past final bulge.

FA: Kieran Loughran & Keith Egerton, 1983

The central line on the upper wall. Start up 'Senior Citizens' or 'The Gentle Touch' and belay on good ledge to left of line.

FA: Keith Egerton & Kieran Loughran, 1983

Good, thin climbing up blankest section of the wall.

FA: Keith Egerton & Kieran Loughran, 1983

A delightful second pitch and the approach isn't too bad despite appearances.

Start at a right-facing corner leading to an overhang above the terrace.

  1. 25m (15) Bridge corner up to and past overhang. Easy crack and then face climb on the right to avoid scrub. Near the top move right and up to a belay on the right.

  2. 15m (18) Step left and up groove and face crack to hard finish when crack fades. Rap anchor directly above.

FA: Keith Lockwood & Kieran Loughran, 1982

Hard start and good top pitch. Start 5 metres right of 'Senior Citizens' at an overhanging groove.

  1. 20m (21) Hard moves lead to easy corner. Up to belay on right.

  2. 20m (19) Climb the stepped orange corner on the right to rap anchor. Protection is difficult in places.

FA: Kieran Loughran & Dave Gairns, 1982

There's a gnarly old gumtree about 15 metres right of Take Me To Elwood. Climb the smooth streak.

FA: Dave Mudie & Dennis Kemp, 1987

A good old-fashioned route – a major geological fault above Pan Grove, between Senior Citizens etc and The Bat Cave. It’s the polished chimney right of Rat on Roller Skates, and is visible from the Wimmera Highway.

Chimney and bridge glassy rock past various blockages, exiting left at the top.

An alternate finish is to traverse left from the first chockstone for 3 or 4 metres then go up to rap bolt. Added by Nod and Kieran Loughran 25/10/2018

FA: Keith Lockwood, 6 Oct 2018

Scramble right along ledge from 1st belay of 'Senior Citizens' to a big ledge with a nice gum that leans close to the cliff, and an alien inhabited hole. This wall runs left from the top of the Bat Cave - access as for that area from the Disabled Lookout.

Just left of the big tree the ledge has a one metre step. There is a twisted little tree here and a single heavy duty bolt and hanger with a worn krab.

Start behind the twisted tree.

Wander up through next tier to find belay at callitris.

FA: Pritchard, Hoskins & Wilkins, 1994

Start below the hole. Up to hole stepping left at this point and up through steep stuff. Wander up to belay as for 'An Alien Cut My Rope'.

FA: Hoskins, Pritchard & Wilkins, 1994

This route takes a black groove at the right hand end of the ledge. Belay at ledge from where it is possible to walk off right.

FA: Pritchard & Hoskins, 1994


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