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Tribute Wall Lower

Access: Climbing restrictions may apply

ACAV Note: Parks Victoria has issued the following advice regarding rock climbing in Gariwerd/Grampians (updated February 2022): https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/grampians-national-park/rock-climbing-in-gariwerd

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Description

Grampians answer to Thompson's Point Descent Gully Walls. A small area with a few good easier ring bolted face routes on compact grey and orange rock. The holds tend to be sloping and very pumpy. This is a good warm-up area for Van Dieman's Land. Most of the climbs were established by Neil Monteith and friends in 2004/2005. In 2008 a few easier routes were established with the funding of RMIT Outdoor Club.

Access issues inherited from Hollow Mountain (N & NE side of Mt. Stapylton)

ACAV Note: Parks Victoria has issued the following advice regarding rock climbing in Gariwerd/Grampians (updated February 2022): https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/grampians-national-park/rock-climbing-in-gariwerd

Approach

Start at the hollow mountain carpark. The approach goes up the tourist track until the tourist track climbs up the mountain. Take a left before the track turns right and climbs up the mountain and from there follow the path through to cut lunch walls. From Cut Lunch Walls for 100m south-east along the base of cliff-line, through some thick bush to small ravine. The south-western (right) side of the ravine should have obvious ring-bolts and chalk. If you don't see bolts you are probably in a lower ravine, walk back out and find the upper ravine. To access Upper Tribute Wall (Back Stabbath) either top-out on a route on the ravine, or scramble up and left from the belay terrace of Koalasquatsy Wall for 50m. All routes have lower-off anchors. Cliff is in the shade from late morning in winter. Shade from mid afternoon in summer. Routes described from right to left.

Ethic inherited from Grampians

Grampians access issues have emerged due to potential damage to the environment and cultural sites. Climbers need to be aware that there are significant Aboriginal sites in the Grampians, especially in cave areas. Leave no trace and treat everything with care.

The following is a basic list of things climbers in the Grampians need to be aware of. For more detailed information visit https://www.cliffcare.org.au/education

Climber’s Code

Find out about and observe access restrictions and agreements.

Use existing access tracks to minimise erosion - don’t create rock cairns or leave marking tape.

Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife.

Vegetation, even on cliff faces, is protected. Wire brushing to remove mosses and 'gardening' in cracks and gullies is not permitted. Use slings to protect trees while belaying or abseiling if belay anchors are not provided.

Large groups can create problems of crowding and excessive damage around cliffs. If you plan to take a group of ten or more people climbing, you are required to register to ensure there is space.

Respect sites of geological, cultural, or other scientific interest. Don't climb near Aboriginal sites

Vehicles must stay on roads open to the public; off-road driving is illegal.

Do not leave any rubbish - take it home with you.

Keep campsites clean.

Avoid all risk of fire - do not light campfires outside of official campground metal fire pits.

Dispose of human waste in a sanitary manner (bury, or even better pack it out) Do not pollute water supplies.

Respect established climbing traditions in ethical matters such as the use of chalk, pitons, bolts etc.

Avoid indiscriminate or excessive use of fixed equipment.

Responsible climbing will protect cliffs and ensure continued rockclimbing

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Routes

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Imposing ringbolted wide crack on left end of 'Tribute Wall'. Luckily there is an abundance of jugs on either side of the crack to make it a nice stemming problem. Start on left side of pit. Step right to RB on right side of crack, then mantle onto ledge. 'Problematic' move up wide crack gains jugs on right wall, then easier (put steep!) climbing to top. 5 RBs and lower-off.

FA: Neil Monteith & Kathy Dicker, 2008

Steep climbing on big jugs. Nice, easy warm up.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2008

A bouldery start, eases to good holds.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2008

Fun little jug fest up the left side of the wall on a subtle arete. Starts 1.5m left of 'In Halen' at left edge of main wall.

FA: Neil Monteith & Will Monks, 2005

Grey slightly overhung gritty wall climbing. This climb is a very good warm-up for harder routes in the area at it is pumpy with no sharp holds. Originally a trad route.

FA: Neil Monteith Gareth Llewellin, 2004

Excellent wall climb that was originally led (boldly) on trad gear. Start in the 'green', 3m left of 'By Jovi', directly below orange jug and very large pocket.

FA: Steve & Robin ect

Fingery and sustained climbing with nigh all rests. Starts 4m left of Jet at central line of RB's up turtle shell featured wall.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2004

Less sustained but cruxier than 'By Jovi'. Bolted route starting in front of small pine tree. Don't fall off between 2nd and 3rd - you will hit the boulder. Needs extra bolt !!

FA: Nick McKinnon Neil Monteith Kent Paterson Will Monks, 2004

Starts up Jet for two bolts then veers right past 3 FH's to lower off. A little run out.

Was once dodgy piece of trad climbing - now retrobolted. Starts at the entrance to 'Tribute Wall', 10m before Jet. Boulder problem start then climbing eases quickly. There is an easier start to the right which makes the route a consistent 18.

The 18 Varient -Was once dodgy piece of trad climbing - now retrobolted. Starts at the entrance to 'Tribute Wall', 10m before Jet. Boulder problem start then climbing eases quickly. There is an easier start to the right which makes the route a consistent 18.

Curving right facing slabby flake near the east entrance of the 'Tribute Wall' ravine. A tree touches the wall about 7m up making upwards progress difficult!

FA: James McIntosh & Mick Jennings, 1998

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