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The Monastery

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 2-5 minutes
  • Photos: 8
  • Ascents: 186

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Summary

Compact set of sandstone boulders with mostly good landings. A few short bolted routes. Boulders are generally sandy and often covered in the ubiquitous red moss. Bring a soft-bristled brush!

Description

The Monastery is a compact collection of sandstone boulders and walls along the base of a small cliff beside the reclaimed site of the old Penrose rubbish dump. There is a lot of rock in the area and no doubt many more fantastic bouldering areas are awaiting discovery nearby.

Access issues

The dirt track mentioned in the approach section is 2WD accessible but often covered in fallen branches. If your vehicle has low clearance, the turn off onto the dirt track from Teudts road may be difficult.

Approach

From the town of Bundanoon (great for a morning coffee and breakfast before a day at the crag)head towards the town of Penrose on Penrose Road. 3.4 kilometres out of Bundanoon turn left onto Teudts Road. After 400 metres down Teudts Road you will see a small dirt track on your left. Turn in here and follow it along just past the old site of the rubbish dump (now a grass field) just on your left.

History

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It first saw climbers visit in the early 1990’s with Adam Herdman and Pat Butler nabbing a few of the classic roadside face climbs but then more recently saw extensive development by Chas Ruffles, Ian Phillips, Ryan Winn, the Zuchetto Brothers, Phil Staples and more.

Areas

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Style
Routes
Ticks
Height
Grades
Sector 1 Sector
18
56
4m
7
Sector 2 Sector
64
123
3m
18
Roped 1 Sector
2
0
14m
1
Roped 2 Sector
4
5
10m
2

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