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North Peak

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 18
  • Aka: North Pinnacle

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Description

A humble peak with a distinct steep head-wall on its Eastern aspect. Potential for long new routes for the adventurous.

Approach

The East Face of North Peak is best accessed by following Rocky Creek and cutting right off of the track to reach the base of the face.

Routes

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1 12 70m
2 13 70m
3 17 30m

The line of least resistance up the East Face of North Peak. A pleasant adventure climb with delicate slabs, decent protection, and runouts typical of SEQ adventure climbing. It is contrived to finish up the last pitch, and the natural top-out is to scramble right off of the major platform below the summit head-wall. This route would be a good introduction to Mt Barney adventure climbing if the last pitch is avoided.

Start at the obvious flat belay area below a wide corner system reached by hiking up Rocky Creek, following your nose and bush-bashing right off the track and towards the face when it feels right to do so. May take a bit of an explore.

  1. 70m (12) - Climb the face left of the wide, scrubby corner, passing intermittent diagonal seams to reach the obvious R-facing corner crack. Follow this corner to its end, on top of which is a comfortable grassy ledge with a shrub belay. Long pitch.

  2. 70m (13) - Climb directly up off the belay up some slabby moves with dicey protection. Continue up the slab, veering right towards the weakness in the centre of the looming head-wall above. Either small shrub belay or there is gear to be found.

Either scramble R off the large ledge to the shoulder of North Peak or:

  1. 30m (17) - Continue up the weakness that divides the summit head-wall. Climb the short corner crack through tough moves to a grassy ledge. Continue leftwards and up the next corner with Committing moves through the dirty corner. Good training for East Peak's East Face. Natural belay above.

FFA: Alex Mougenot & Joshua G., 26 Jun 2018

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