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Start: 8m right of the scary step-around (which is where the original last pitch of Geronimo goes up over the blocks) on the Sundeck, left of the Geronimo direct chimney. A flake crack.

Easily up little flake crack, then short easy wall with horizontal breaks to ledge below hanging flake / spike. Clip first B. R. then layback spike past another B.R. before stepping onto easy slab. Up easy slabby to overhanging corner crack, a couple of metres left of the alternate finish to Geronimo. Jamb this to the top.

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.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: Al Stephens & Matt Rizzutto, 6 Jun 1998


Located in The Bastille approx:
Lat/Long: -30.606831,151.809443

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