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Description

All info from Vertical Life's mini guide: www.verticallifemag.com.au/2012/04/video-cave-of-man-hands/

Access issues inherited from Victoria Range

The Victoria Range was badly burnt in the fires of February 2013 but all areas are now open to climbing (Feb 2014). However there are access changes to the cliffs in the Eureka area.

Approach

To get to the Cave park at Manja Shelter on the Harrop Track, which is just south of the turn off to Buandik Campground. Follow the walking track east, after about five minutes it will start to bend south, shortly afterwards there should be a very faint track that continues east. Follow this until you hit the base of a rocky escarpment. Clamber over the escarpment and continue a further five minutes, until just below the main cliff. Now, look down and to the left, you should behold the well-hidden Cave of Man Hands (but it can be a little tricky).

History

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Discovered winter 2011, the Cave of Man Hands offers some superb new bouldering in a beautiful setting, with only a short walk in. Most problems were put up by Simon Weill, with a couple of additions by Dr Julian Saunders and Ross Taylor.

Routes

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Grade Route

Pretty stiff at the guidebook grade of V1

Sit start.

Sit start.

Sit start, scary top out.

Start in the far left of the cave and work your way right before finishing up Cold Hands.

Start Hand Solo and finish up Manhandled

Head straight up the obvious flakes to a hard and high finish.

Hard climbing with a powerful and shouldery crux.

Fantastic moves using some really interesting holds. Tough Start.

Easy climbing leads to a couple of hard moves on slopey holds.

Easy climbing to a dynamic and reachy section through a blank looking roof. Cut loose and prosper.

Follows the obvious rib to a tricky finish.

Start The Pummeling and exit up Underhanded Tactics. Bring a chalkbag.

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