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About 50m around the corner from the last climb on Arrivals Lower.

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.



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Short roof to start the swing up to the wall on slopey jugs, varied climbing with a committing move up high.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 11 Jun 2011

Start at juggy prow and up wall to ledge then try to find the crux holds in time.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 18 Nov 2012

A surprisingly long section of steep and juggy climbing that is fairly rough on the skin - but this might allow you to still hold on when totally pumped!

FA: Lloyd, 2011

FFA: lloyd wishart, 16 Jul 2011

In the middle of crag. Up wall and out the roof on flakes etc before heading rightwards to finish. A long draw is recommended for the 5th bolt.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 2 Dec 2012

Start up Body Blow for 3 bolts then traverse left finishing at Pelorus Jack anchors

Set by lloyd wishart, 22 Mar 2016

FFA: lloyd wishart, 16 Aug 2016

FA: lloyd wishart, 16 Aug 2016

climb straight into frustrating roof boulder problem then head leftwards towards another hard move before exiting to anchors

Set by lloyd wishart

FA: Chris Simpson, 2 Apr 2016

Alternate start to Pelorus Jack. starts in corner on small holds for 2 rings then joins P.J.

Set by lloyd wishart

Start on ledge then jug leftwards and up with a slopey crux at the lip of the roof, keep pumping the jugs up the steep head wall.

FFA: steve grkovic, 2012

24 climbing to ledge then wrestle with the holds and the bad feet to the anchors.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 17 Nov 2013

Technical hard start leads to a rest, then an even harder crux and steep finish.

FFA: lloyd wishart, 10 Nov 2011

Action packed route up the arete right of blow. Big start move then hold on through some steep moves to a ledge. Hard face moves follow then great jugs to the top. If the first move is to big then start up Blow and traverse across.

Set by Ben JengA, 12 Jan 2014

FFA: Ben JengA, 24 Jan 2014

Popular, with a hard start that is either dynoed out right, or tackled via small holds on the left. Second half finishes up a short section of attractive rock on good holds.

FA: Jason Lammers, 5 Nov 2011

The Blow extension. From the anchors of Blow - continue up and leftwards to lower off at the top of the cliff.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2 Jan 2015

Start left of tree. Straight up till it gets easy then rightwards to shared lower off with BO. Stay left of the bolts for 22

FA: Jason Lammers, 2 Jan 2015

The following section has some really good easier graded routes. Stays in the shade here till just after lunch. Lots of bolts and convenience are the name of the game here!

Bit of a thin move about 1/3 of the way up

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2013

Tricky start and exciting finish, there is a hidden bolt before the last move.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2014

The lower section has some cool pockety holds.

FA: Martin Pircher, 2013

The second last bolt on Araldite is next to the anchors on this one so you might as well keep going to the top of the cliff and clip another (hidden) bolt on the way and lower off Araldite.

Pleasant climbing with a slightly steeper section above the little roof.

FA: Martin Pircher, 2013

Right of ferny crack; mostly straightforward with plenty of holds and a little move three quarters of the way up.

Set by Viona Young & Wade Stewart, 7 Jan 2015

FA: Viona Young, Jason Lammers & Wade Stewart, 7 Feb 2015

No doubt the usual crew of first ascentionists will lay claim to having done this previously. Unfortunately the fractured nature of the slab in this section leaves little in the way of redeeming features for a proper climb . . .

Start below ferny crack, head up using the fracture and features either side of the cracked slab for progression and protection. Use belay of neighbouring route and top out and find a tree.

Originally lead with improvised protection consisting of knotted slings and prussicks, but plenty of modern gear is available.

FFA: Macciza a.k.a. Macca

FA: Macciza a.k.a. Macca & Emily Small, 22 Jan 2017

The right side of the juggy orange streak.

FFA: Megan Turnbull, 2014

FA: 2014

The left side of the juggy orange streak.

A couple of moves to get started. Right of BF.

FA: Jason Lammers, 7 Jan 2015

The furthest left climb at The Blowhole. Tricky start with a nice flake up high.

FA: Wade Stewart, 7 Jan 2015


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