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Iskra Crag

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Summary

Now updated with all new and old climbs from the original North Grampians guidebook. Not everything has been verified, if you spot a mistake, feel free to correct.

Description

Climbing variety on at times quality sandstone.

Access issues

None

Approach

There's two ways to get there. 1) If climbing on the Western side, approach from Hollow Mt Carpark. 2) If climbing on the Eastern side, drive East along Mt Zero road for 2km. Park at the start of an old 4WD track which branches off to the right (-36.883475, 142.397560), 300m before Mt zero road passes the telephone tower. Follow the track marked with pink tape which approaches the wall in a 45-degree angle from the east (this is slightly easier than bashing in from the road.

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

History

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First climbed in 1968, saw quite a bit of activity in the late 80's, before lying in obscurity (possibly for good reasons) until a few sport lines were put up around 2009 and again in 2017.

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