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All Sport climbing
8-10m high cliff about 200m long
- Access Issues: inherited from Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage listed area. The Grose Valley, the cliffs around Katoomba and much of the Narrow Neck peninsula are part of the Blue Mountains National Park which is managed by the NPWS. The Western Escarpment - where most of the climbing is - is Crown Land managed by the BMCC. While the NPWS Plan of Management nominates several locations in the National Park where rock climbing is deemed appropriate, the majority of the climbing remains unacknowledged. To maintain access our best approach is to 'Respect Native Habitat, Tread Softly and Leave No Trace'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible.
Practically all crags are either in National Park or in council reserve: dog owners are reminded that dogs are not allowed in National Parks at any time and fines have been issued, while for crags on council reserve the BMCC leash law requires that dogs be on-leash.
- 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.
David - project 1
Left side of small upper ledge, up past small flake over bulge to short slab and anchors.
Rod Project 1
Right side of small upper ledge tending right to shared anchors
Rod Project 3
Back on main track, up slab past and over flake to face and up to shared anchors.
Up middle of short steep wall to ledge and anchors
FFA: Ian reynolds, 20 Mar
Rod Project 2
Up right side of short steep wall to ledge and anchors
Up left side of slab
FFA: Kevin Van Tilburg, 18 Mar
Look to Windward
Up middle of slab to shared anchors
FFA: rod, 11 Mar
Rod Cant Reach
Up right of slab to tending left at last bolt to shared anchors, drop a grade if your tall.
FFA: Ian Reynolds, 11 Mar
Next climbs 10m further along.....
Kev - project 1
Short face to slab and corner, left to anchors
Ian project 2
Up orange streak past faint corner left to anchors
Rod - project 4
Up short slab, past big ledge and up slab to anchors
|16||Look to Windward||8m, 4|
|Utter defeat||8m, 3|
|17||Rod Cant Reach||8m, 3|
|18||Mr Flexible||7m, 2|
|?||David - project 1||8m, 2|
|Ian project 2||8m, 2|
|Kev - project 1||8m, 2|
|Rod - project 4||13m, 4|
|Rod Project 1||10m, 4|
|Rod Project 2||7m, 3|
|Rod Project 3||12m, 4|