Red Lichen Boulders





A collection of 3 boulders with some interesting problems. Just north of the main ridge trail, climbs are on the north face of boulders (towards BBQ area)

Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Gara gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and access is open:

Ethic inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

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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Thin slabby moves

Reach up to crimps then up to crystal lump

Very thin slab moves

Thin crimps and smears

Up easy layback rail just right of 'R4'.

Start on undercling below overlap and up right to good hold then slap up and left onto sloping arete then mantel.

Nice tall crimp problem with a few variants. Pull down not out, crimps have a tendency to flex a bit.

Stand start R of R7. Essentially up the arete using all the little features & steering clear of all the large features.

Big jug, then mantle using pocket. Watch where you fall.

Traverse thin crimps then top out


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