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Access issues inherited from Yellow Wall

The access is on private land (the property of Silverton). As of 2009, the owner was Richard Waters (02) 6775 3755. He was fine with, and even encouraging having climbers driving through his property. He just asks that you phone ahead. As in all rural areas, leave gates as you find them and drive slowly through livestock. If you see anyone at the properties make sure you stop and say G'day. Future access depends on good relations with these fine folk.



The Main Yellow Wall starts at the bottom left-hand side (looking into the gorge) of the descent gully and continues along to include the main 'Yellow' face, then runs up behind 'Lower Yellow Wall' to the ridge that becomes the 'Playhouse' pinnacle. The routes are described from left to right (facing the cliff).


Ethic inherited from Yellow Wall

Basically, the climbers of Armidale are a pretty laid back, free thinking group and as long as you don’t go out of your way to put people’s noses out of joint you’ll be amazed at how helpful they can be. The quickest way to piss people off is by ripping off projects. There are a few devoted locals making an effort and putting up quality new climbs. A lot of time, hard work and even money goes into their endeavours (cracks can be projects too) and there is too much unclimbed rock around to justify destroying someone else’s motivation. Any routes marked as such or not in the guide should be left alone. The simple courtesy of asking first may save you from being stripped naked and being staked out for the crows to pick your eyes out. If putting up new routes is your thing then please feel free. The only request is that you avoid placing hangers or conspicuous bolts around the Gara Boulders as we are already viewed as an environmental menace by the NPWS - bolting in National Parks is actually illegal.



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Start: 30m left of the main 'Yellow' face on a broken section of the cliff.

Traverse right under small overhang onto tree. Up tree then back onto rock to go through roof, then up twin cracks to exit right onto ledge, through fig trees and up easy corner to belay on large tree.

FA: E. Sharp & P. Evans, 1980

For many years the 'Last Great Problem'.

Start: 3m left of the large off-width at the left end of the Yellow face.

  1. 14m Up a short finger crack (4m) to edge then right to straggle up corner crack in body ' V to the top of the block.

  2. 9m Delicately up the open corner (cruxy) to the large ledge (halfway). 3 B.R.'s.

  3. 8m Boulder problem start the easy finger crack to ledge below the small roof.

  4. 26m Up crack to roof, around roof (crux) then continue up layback to small ledge, tiptoe left then continue to top.

FA: Al Stephens, Paul Bayne & A. Adams, 1982

Start: As for 'Agent Orange Sunset'

  1. 25m Up crack for a couple of meters then move left into obvious traverse line. Continue traverse until large ledge at base of rightwards trending ramp.

  2. 25m Follow ramp to roof. Move left onto huge ledge with solitary gum-tree.

  3. 25m Up wall to horizontal crack, have a breather, then continue up rightwards trending line to top.

FA: B.Birchall & J. Lattanzio, 1983

A chance find.

Start: As for A.O.S.

  1. 25m Up crack and wall of A.O.S. (5m), then traverse left to the diagonal crack. Continue up crack and flake to a tree on a large ledge.

  2. 25m As for pitch 3 of S.F & F.I.

"What’s this rash that comes and goes, Can you tell me what it means? God help me; I was only nineteen." - Tadpole

A classic line (both the climb and the song).

Start: At the far right-hand end of the Main wall; at the top of the gully about 60m right of the 'Golden Handshake'.

  1. 35m A block and a short wall then a short chimney lead to the main crack. Up the bulging crack (crux ) to the bush, past the bush and belay below the roof in the telephone box.

  2. 15m Pull up over the roof and step right along sloping ledge, up corner past one B.R. then scramble to top.

FA: G. Croft, A. Stephens & Al Stephens, 1983


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