Self Isolation Boulder

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 8




The boulder 4m to the east of Quickdraw Boulder with the obvious roof feature.

Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

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


Find Quickdraw roof and then turn 180 degrees.

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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Looked at by many and usually followed by the phrase 'sick, I wonder if there's anything on that'....turns out there is.



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Sit start on Decent feet, R hand sidepull edge & L hand on slimper above head. Move up & R to top out.

FA: Ben Vincent, 12 May

Sit start on obvious sloper/jug feature in break. Punch high to crimpers and mantle. Boulder to the R is out and should only be used to support your chalk bag/gear and sending sweeties.

FA: Ben Vincent, 24 Apr

Stand Start at corner of arête on obvious R-hand crimp & L-hand under roof. Move up & L before finishing up through big pinchy/slap-happy lip & topping out. Sit Start potential for a couple of extra grades...

FA: Ben Vincent, 23 Apr

The low ball left of N-ES. Start on pinchy flake feature. A R heel is essential (for most mere mortals).

FA: Ben Vincent, 23 Apr

The low ball right of ES. Start on the slopers & obvious footer rail. Mantle & finish on obvious weakness.

FA: Ben Vincent, 23 Apr

Sit start L of the Bursaria shrub on a small L-hand crimp, R-hand sloper and great feet. Up to roof lip corner and then traverse around R arete/top. Mantle to finish.

FA: Ben Vincent, 16 Apr

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