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Summary

Cool spot, nice flat top rope wall with plenty of potential and a great outlook

Description

Fun wall, great location. Pretty fresh with plenty of hollow plates and choss, be careful and bring a brush!

Access issues

National Park

Approach

Park at end of Booker rd in Hawkesbury heights. Walk out fire trail, ignore first track branching right and continue 30mtrs and take the next track also branching right. Follow to end. You will arrive at top of walls, there is a scramble chute at either end to get down, otherwise abseil from a tree. Total walk time less than 10 minutes.

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.

History

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Glued carrot bolts in place for top roping at multiple points along wall. They appear to be in good condition and haven't had any issues with them except for the unusual placement of some. They have been there for a minimum of 3 years. Cannot find any information regarding who installed them originally nor route names grades etc, so, i have begun naming routes in lieu of first ascender/installer claiming ownership.

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Routes

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Far left on the wall starting on the face then moving left then up. 2 carrot bolts. 1st is a bit high.

On the rounded nose left of 'Pump up the jam'. Get past the cave by propping up off boulder.

Up the corner behind the boulder

Right of 'pump up the jam'. Pumpy moves on hard crimpers. Good fun.

FA: Guru, 6 Jul 2014

Up crack right side of bulge slab. Layback start. Reachy balanced top moves. Lots of fun with some cool holds and footwork.

FA: Guru, 30 Jun 2014

Cool climbing hard moves pinching and crimping

FA: Guru, 6 Jun 2014

Up the off width or use the face.

Right of 'off the width' More of Bookers good stuff

FA: Iain Morrison, 6 Jul 2014

Up crack left of 'random climb'. Easy start with a forest of holds to the 2 horns. Thins out slightly with some balancy moves, keep pumping through

FFA: Guru

FA: 30 Jun 2014

one meter left of old pumpy, fun features and some cool moves. 2 carrot bolts.

Starting in the little cut out in wall climb using tiny cave. Some good pumpy moves to the top. Stick the gaston up the shallow vertical crack or bail right for a lower grade.

Furthest right route slippery moss sloper.

Long Traverse entire wall right to left starting right of fitzswingin

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