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Summary

Lots of good easy to medium grade climbing, many mixed and trad lines.

Description

Red Point is located on the NW end of the Radiata Plateau.

Access issues

Must Rappel into the crag/ climb out, no decent walking access has been found.

Approach

Red Point climbing area is located on the North West end of the Radiata Plateau, Katoomba. Most walls face west, overlooking the picturesque Megalong Valley. Access to Red Point involves a pleasant and flat 35-minute walk along fire trails, linking to a single tack that is followed until a small decent gully is reached prior to branching off before selecting a rappel point.

More detailed: The crag is located on Radiata Plateau immediately above the Megalong Tea Rooms and in line with Peach Tree Road, Megalong. Access is gained from Pulpit Hill Rd (off Explorers Rd, Katoomba). Follow the track from the gate. After approx. 15 mins. turn right [200 m after dozer track stack] before the Elphinstone climbing turnoff and follow loop track on the right following this for 300 m to left hand bend and slight up hill section. Leave old track to the right and follow spur/track for approx. 250M and descend pass/gully to cliff edge. Rap points in place along with numerous trees. Routes described L to R facing the cliff.

Ethic

Very minimalist crag in terms of bolting and access. Take care, keep the crag clean because we only get one chance.

History

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Climbing appears to have first commenced in the 1960/70’s (?) and painted marked starts and one rusty bolt has been found. Bruce Cameron and Mick Holton did three routes in 1998. Bruce Cameron, Harry Luxford, Brad Cameron, Tom Gilbert and Ben Sanford commenced new routing again in 2013/14. Climbing also occurred near the present day Elphinstone Crag [1970’s] area with a number of routes completed mainly by Keith Bell and Howard Bevan.

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