Little Joe Hill Mostly Trad climbing51 routes in crag
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Little Joe Hill is the rocky protuberance that overlooks the Lake Bellfield Dam wall and the Lakeside Caravan Park. The west face of the cliff has a number of different faces and levels. The east face is smaller and has longer access. The lower section of the West Face has a number of good middle grade routes. Now that abseil points have been put in above some of these the cliff is much more user friendly.
Access issues inherited from Halls Gap Area
A low profile always helps to avoid too much attention from tourists and park rangers
For the West Faces drive to the car park below the Lake Bellfield Dam Wall. From here the West Face is about 300m to the NE overlooking the campground. Walk back to the gate at the NE corner of the fence line [the corner closest to the campground]. Go through the gate and walk 40m along the jeep track then turn L. You will find a steep ramp descending to a clearing. Cross the clearing and head uphill on a steep track which eventually meets an old steep jeep track. Turn L and follow the jeep track for 110m to a switchback. Head back SE [uphill] for 50m to a short cairned track on the L. This heads up to the RH end of the cliffs arriving below a large smooth boulder below Silent Reach. 10 minutes from the car park. If you find yourself overlooking the old quarry, or heading up the steep gully to the R of the cliffs you have gone too far! The East Face is best approached from the Terraces Fire Line 4wd track. From Pastoral Buttress walk L about 150m to a 4wd track. Follow this uphill to the fire line. Head R until a line of orange buttresses are visible on the right about 100m off the track. Probably 15 minutes walk from Pastoral Buttress.
Ethic inherited from Halls Gap Area
Bolting, is considered illicit, along with the rest of the park and other National Parks within Victoria. Only alter routes after considerable consultation with first ascensionests and local climbers.
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