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Lost Vegas

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 20-50 minutes
  • Photos: 7
  • Ascents: 428

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Summary

Long, gently overhanging sport climbs, with a good range of grades.

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Description

Eyed off for years, developed once a track was established. Shady until about 2 o'clock in summer, and catches any stray breeze meaning it is often cool enough in the afternoon as well.

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Access issues

The carpark and cliff are in Canberra's water catchment, meaning no camping. Please don't disturb the peregrine falcons on the upper cliff, particularly during nesting season: start of August to end of December. *New as of 11 Jun 15: Fallen tree blocking access off Blue Range Road. Adds 5 minutes walk.

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Approach

There are two options - you get to choose whether to walk downhill on the way in, or the way out, and whether you prefer a shorter walk or a shorter drive.

Option 1: drive along Brindabella Road and turn right onto Old Mine Road (not long after Blue Range Road). Follow this up the ridge, and turn left onto Blue Range Road. Wind your way along this road to the top of the hill (lat/long -35.2863,148.8524). Park here. Walk south along the fire trail hidden behind logs for 300m until you get to a low point in the road (lat/long -35.28952, 148.85127). From here, a walking track heads downhill to the cliff 20-40 minute approach, 35-50 minute return. The track is loose scree for much of the distance.

Option 2: drive along Brindabella Road towards Picadilly Circus, and right after you hit the dirt turn right onto Curries Road. Follow this for about 100m then turn right (there will be a No Through Road sign here). Follow this to the locked gate and park (long/lat -35.3118, 148.8433).

Walk along the firetrail beyond the gate until you get to an old parking area. Step over the rocks and walk 20m downhill, then turn right at the track (do not go straight ahead across the creek). Follow the track for 50m to a creek crossing. On the other side of the creek turn left and go steeply uphill, going over lots of waterbars. The track follows a spur. Keep going uphill for 20 minutes or so, passing a turn-off on your left, and eventually you'll see a cairn, some tape and a number plate on the left (lat/long -35.3003, 148.847). Follow the walking track for 20 minutes to the cliff, with occasional tape markers. 50-60 minute approach, 45-50 minute return, plus the time you spend splashing in the creek at the bottom.

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Where to stay

There are official campsites at Blue Range Hut and at Corree campground. Blue Range Hut is 2.6km along Blue Range Road from the Brindabella road intersection, and requires you to book and pay. Coree campground is a short walk from the junction of Two Sticks Road and the Coree Summit trail, and is free with no bookings.

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