Water tunnel area

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 10




30m downstream of the Holy Land the stream kinks left and flows under a big square block (fun water squeeze!). There are a scattering of boulders around here.

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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There are 3 different squeezes under the boulder depending on water level and excitement level.

Up corner immediately right of where the water goes into the tunnel.

Thin holds almost over the water

FA: Ben Vincent, 30 Oct 2018

Up crimps, just of where the water comes out of the tunnel

Around 10m north east of the water tunnel block is a blocky stepped arete with a sketchy fall to the right where a water trickle runs under the problem.

SDS left on sloper, right on pinch, then up arete while trying not to barn off right and into the mini canyon.

Very short layback crack, (avoid jug on the right if you want)

Good side pull up right onto rail

Jug start, up and then along the sloper lip til your are bored and then mantle


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