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Southern Cousin

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 10 min
  • Photos: 28
  • Ascents: 164
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Summary

A 15 minute drive from Wahroonga this crag offers climbs of varying grades and heights including a few mini multi pitches to get some practice in.

Description

A series of small western facing crags just south of Joll's Bridge. This land has an access road leading to a number of Energy Australia power poles which can be seen from the freeway. Some climbs have extra bolts in them to help avoid decking out on mid climb ledges.

Access issues

This land is accessed by Energy Australia so please don't block the locked gate. The shoulder is also frequently used by trucks as a rest stop so ensure there's room for them to pull over. Ample parking for climbers.

Approach

From the Hawkesbury River Bridge continue north for two minutes passing one "90" sign then two "90/100" signs. Slow down and pull into the shoulder at the third "90/100" sign. Park car here taking note of "Access Issues".

From locked gate follow the winding access road up and around to the first fork in the road where you'll see a fallen metal sign. Take the right fork to access Spice Alley or left fork to access remainder of crag.

To return to Sydney continue north for 7 minutes taking the Mt White exit. Do a U-turn after the traffic lights and you're on your way home.

If coming from Newcastle, take the Mooney Mooney/Brooklyn exit just before the Hawkesbury River. Keep turning left until you are back on the freeway heading North, then as above to approach crag.

History

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Stumbled upon by Phil Stallard while looking for a location to paint the Hawkesbury River in 2017. Developed by Brendon Flanagan, John Hollott, Marty Middlebrook and Chante Fisk in 2018. Site of one active and one inactive geocache.

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