Isolated Peak




The principal peak of Eagle's Ridge.


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Start at Lower Portals carpark, follow the track over the first ridge to Rocky Creek. Leave the track on the left and follow a bearing SSW towards isolated creek gully. The base of the ridge has 2 distinct buttresses and the right one, to the north, has a scrambable line. The ridge is relatively open, slabby and leads over Isolated Shoulder to the summit of Isolated Peak. A cruxy buttress at half way requires careful navigation to avoid roping up and some exposure. This ridge is fairly short but more difficult than Logan's, for a comparison.

Start at Lower Portals carpark, follow the track over the first ridge to Rocky Creek. Leave the track and follow the creek system upstream to the base of the ridge, noting that it can be difficult to find. The ridge is relatively open and leads directly to the summit of Isolated Peak with steep sections in the upper portion.

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Lower Orange Wall, Isolated Peak, Mt Barney

Approach. Approach from Lower Portals Carpark on Lower Portals Track. At the saddle, continue straight into the bush heading 210 degrees magnetic all the way to Isolated Peak. From leaving the trail you will follow a very old fence line until you cross a dry creek. Continue straight towards the East Wall of Isolated Peak keeping a little left and over 2nd little creek crossing and straight on to a 3rd creek crossing. Continue straight to East Ridge/left side of East Wall of Isolated Peak. As you get closer, there is large steep ridge/talus on the eastern most part of the mountain and you can avoid this by traversing up and right as it becomes steeper. The start of the climb can be identified as the first major right leaning crack from the eastern most park of the ridge/cliff. Most of the bush is open bush. Bush navigation can be aided by use of available GPS trail.

  1. (15) 50m - Best belay is on ledge about 7m scramble up to the start of the corner. Begin on easier terrain up the left leaning corner towards the right leaning crack. Once on the wall there is some fun climbing with good gear between a couple run outs. Continue up the crack/face and pull through exciting roof to belay from the tree.

  2. (12) 17m - Climb up past tree and right through slab section onto a large ledge on the left. Watch for loose rocks on ledge. Belay from large rock on ledge. (Natural line continuing straight up right - looks doable but not super fun and with poor rock quality).

  3. (20) 25m - Start on overhang just to the left of the big boulder. Much of the pitch overhanging, the first moves are the crux. Compulsory small blue alien (size??) protects the technical start with a couple small-mid sized cams protecting a few moves immediately above of similar grade. Creative slightly easier climbing continues up to a short hand jam crack that tops out with a mantel onto the ledge. Belay from tree and careful of loose rocks on top of the climb.

Descent can be done with a beautiful scrabble up the ridge to the top of Isolated Peak, or as a 2-pitch abseil.

From tree belay at top of 3rd pitch, climb up and left to the ridge line. Stay on ridge line to the summit with some slight deviations left and right as required. Top section gets steeper and more exposed.

FFA: Joshua G., 28 May 2019

FA: Joshua G. & Ricky Ellis, 28 May 2019

Also known as Grotesque Gully, this route follows the distinctive weakness which runs diagonally across the face to the right hand shoulder of Isolated Peak. Only two sections require roping up. When confronted by a steep vertical but shallow chimney, climb along a ramp (crux) on the northern wall to regain the gully above the chimney.

FA: R. Rankin & T. Low, 1979

Eagle's Ridge is the longest route on Mt Barney, stretching from Lower Portals to East Peak. Follow the spur across Tom's Tum and Isolated Peak before gaining North Peak and proceeding to East Peak. Bring a rope, lots of water, a headlamp, and get ready for a big day out.


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