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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.

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Approach

To get to the Playhouse from the car park start as for the Descent Gully, but, instead of turning down the gully continue along the ridge top for approximately 250 m until a pinnacle on the end of the ridge is reached. This is the Playhouse. Another way of reaching this cliff is by walking up the gully below the Main Wall, past Agent Orange Sunset, then south along the ridge for about 40m.

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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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Routes

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Start: From the descent track, traverse along the ledge, through some fig tree branches, on the left side of the main bluff.

Up hand-crack to top.

FA: M. Peck & P. Colyvan, 1982

On a lower terrace right of the main block.

Start: The thin crack corner.

Up crack to top.

FA: P. (Animal) Colyvan, G.Pritchard, Brian Birchall & John Lattanzio, 1982

FA: Mark Colyvan, 1982

Start: On the lower rock terrace below 'Switchblade'. Abseil over or scramble up from 'Saracen'. At the extreme left-hand end of the rock face, left of two overhanging cracks that can be seen high up on your right.

Up wall and curving crack to horizontal, then up sharp crack to top.

FA: John Lattanzio & M. Peck, 1982

FFA: John Lattanzio & Mark Colyvan, 1982

Activity

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