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A bit of a walk (40 mins) to get here but once you have arrived you will be treated with some very good early to mid grade 20's and some classic harder climbs over the log of death. Summer time gem.

Access issues

Due to changes in land ownership, some unnecessary angst created by climbers and the recent bush fires, the access situation to the Freezer, Cosmic County etc has now completely changed. The road down through the Buddist’s Monk’s Retreat must NOT be used under any circumstances. It is very important that climbers use the NEW access track (it skirts around to the eastern side of the Monks Retreat). Download the new access description and map here:

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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FA: V.Kondos, 1993

FA: L.McManus, 1994


FA: C.Jewel, 1994

Bit cranky down low then cruise to anchors

FA: Glenn Short

FA: C.Van de Reyt, 1994

FA: V.Kondos, 1994

The arete. Seems to be a thiefs paradise as all attempts to ensure that the lower off anchors are safe is thwarted by theft.

FA: V.Kondos, 1994

Apparently a soft tick!

FA: S.Butler, 1992

Burly start then cruisy

FA: M. Law

FA: M.Law, 1992

Up Rat$ till about 1/2 way, then head rightish up obvious feature, and up to anchors. Pretty Cool..

FA: Nate Bolton, 2009

FA: Nathan Bolton, 29 Dec 2009

A long crux sequence makes this stiff classic.

FA: M.Portman, 2000

Another crowd favorite. Has recently been rebolted.

FA: M.Law, 1992

Start as for SWALK, then veer right.

FA: M.Stacey, 1993


FA: V.Condos, 1994

More Choss.

FA: J.Clark, J.Kurko & M.Wilson, 1994

Apparently quite fun!

Take care lowering off. There is a clip and go bolt at the start of the traverse, make you clip your rope in to this on way back down. * If you miss this you will lower off into thin air *

In fact, don't lower off this, just top out and bring your second up. Rebolted 2015 - Rings all all the way with new lower off.

FA: V.Kondos, 1992

Excellent !! Rebolted 2015.

FA: V.Kondos, 1995

The really hidden gem of the freezer. Very unique, engaging and sustained wall climb on stone that feels similar to granite.

FA: M.Stacey, 1993

FA: F.Yule, 1998

Hands on top, jump and lower off last bolt!

FA: M.Law, 2000

Hand on top, jump and lower off last ring. Looks much harder then the stated grade and has a suspect looking bolt.

FA: M.Law, 1996

FA: M.Law, 1993

Now with proper double bolt lower off.

FA: S.Butler, 1992

A bit choss in spots.

FA: V.Kondos, 2000

These next two climbs are on the lower cliff line.

A hard start followed by low angle wall climbing. Start at short corner with bolts, up corner and Groove/wall above.

FA: J.Smoothy, G. Bradbury & T. Bretherton, 1994

Up the 'Arete' on Carrots

Start: 5m right of INOUTFLS

FA: M. Law & V. Kondos, 1995

To access the rest of these climbs you must first cross the log of death, please harness up for this...

The diagonal crack left of the obvious Splitter Crack (Looking for Johnny), directly below the right end of the Log of Death. Rap from tree above Looking for Johnny 30m to ledge. Start up initial grove as for Looking for Johnny, then branch out with the crack.

FA: M. Haffner, R. Stiles & M. Corkin, 2009

The obvious splitter crack below the right end of the Log of Death. Rap from trees at the top of the splitter crack 30m to the ledge. Climb the crack straight up.

FA: R. Stiles, M. Corkin & M. Haffner, 2009

Start: Lefthand route. Starts at the end of the 'death traverse'.

FA: M.Law, 1992

Start: Righthand route.

FA: S.Butler, 1992

Up black wall past three U's to ledge then up to nice orange face.

Start: around arete from log of death.

FA: S. Hawkshaw, 2000

FA: M.Corkin & R.Styles

Shares the same anchor as RT about 20m higher then it should be.

FA: M.Corkin & R.Styles

Very steep! Start in the dust below the overhang at the left side of the sector. A belay bolt marks the spot.

FA: Kyle Dunsire, 1995

Start as for Gruntled then climb left through some hard moves.

FA: M.Stacey, 1994

Steep start, follow the corner then up.

FA: S.Butler, 1992

FA: M.Law, 2000

FA: F.Yule, 2000

FA: M.Law, 2000

FA: M.Law, 2000

Nice thin wall and slab to a half ledge then a long and sustained pocket crux with a couple hard clips.

FA: M.Law, 1992

Start left of the arête. Over the slab then continue up the steepness.

FA: M.Law, 1992

Up the right side of the arête.

FA: D.Whitehouse, 1993

Start: Around the arete from 'Lactictoc'. Another one of the hidden gems, sweet face climbing for when your steep arms give out. Rebolted Nov 2015

FA: S.McElroy, 1993

FA: M.Pircher, 1999

Under and over the arch, originally graded 24.

FA: D.Whitehouse, 1993


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