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Oliver Stone

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 55
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Description

South west facing steepish wall hidden inside a shady canyon.

Access issues inherited from Celebrity Crags

Bushwalkers share this area so be friendly and don't leave your climbing stuff on the walking track.

Approach

Walk 100m left from Cliff Richard and drop down and around right to find this wall.

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. If you do the bolts may be removed.

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.

If you have benefited from climbing infrastructure in NSW, please consider making a donation towards maintenance costs. The Sydney Rockclimbing Club Rebolting Fund finances the replacement of old bolts on existing climbs and the maintenance of other hardware such as fixed ropes and anchors. The SRC purchases hardware, such as bolts and glue, and distributes them to volunteer rebolters across the state of New South Wales. For more information, including donation details, visit https://sydneyrockies.org.au/rebolting/

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, making remote and less popular crags slightly more difficult and fun to navigate to. Some appropriately discreet pruning is a far better alternative then track braiding (which causes far more damage).

However, do so only on Council land and definitely not in the National Park. Remember, 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 or risk possible closures.

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The first three mystery routes (bolted early 2018) are on a low angled mossy slab right side of the steep shady wall. More info required! Rumour has it they were apparently bolted by someone "English" for his kids?

The right most of the super easy black slab routes with Shipley style log starts. Looks pretty appalling.

Set by Unknown

Same start as Project 1 but goes straight up. very easy, lot of bolts.

Set by Unknown

5m left. Shipley log start up grotty groove, then not much better easy angled climbing above.

Set by Unknown

Down left of the easy slabs is this very shady and steep wall inside a lush gully.

Right hand route up through steepness

FA: lloyd wishart, 10 Feb 2018

Route 1m L starting at the big shark-fin hold. Quite cruxy!

Set by lloyd wishart, 2017

FA: lloyd wishart, 18 Apr 2018

Start a couple of metres L of AATM. Steep wall climbing, then the mega popcorn ceiling. A few sandy holds can be avoided in the last couple of easy metres to the anchor, no biggie. Possibly 27? Opinions welcome.

FA: Lee Cujes, 24 May

The big left to right traverse. Start 10m L of POD under large hueco. Stickclip then blast right (including some up and down climbing) along huge features to the crux transition climbing up to the big roof. Then jug upwards to glory.

FA: Lee Cujes, 13 May

About 10m L of FTB. Two close bolts on initial black wall to ledge. Third clip is reachy (if this was close to your limit you might like a #2 cam or panic quickdraw). Interesting, steeper wall climbing above relents to a slabby finish. Last few metres can remain damp after rain.

FA: Lee Cujes, 19 Jun

The scoop feature. Carefully traverse the ledge to clip first bolt and begin. Reasonably sustained with a a crux lunge that is a bit more powerful than you want it to be at the grade.

FA: Lee Cujes, 13 May

A great little testpiece. 5m L of FTD. Stickclip and traverse in from the L. Techy, bouldery moves past the second bolt on pockets to get established on the face above. Classy climbing on ripples and incuts from here to the top.

FA: @1293 & Lee Cujes, 9 May

5m L of ASITD at the black face with small rooflet. Start at flake. Stickclip, then very powerfully up and right to tough second clip. Very thin to the third, then relax, it's in the can.

FA: Lee Cujes, 7 Jun

Links from the second bolt on COVID into the third on Take Two.

FA: Jason McCarthy, 7 Jun

Furthest L route up the gully. Three bolts to anchors. Stickclip!

FA: Sammi, 9 May

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