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Orca Area

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Description

This area comprises about 3 walls, with Orca taking on the prominant arete right of the big roof. The mossy slab has some newly bolted routes that will improve with traffic.The slab to the right is quite good and should be quite popular.

Access issues inherited from Thompson's Point

NO CAMPING AT THIS CRAG PLEASE - including the two carparks or any cave at the crag. Council Rangers have been patrolling the area (2019) and telling campers it is not legal to camp here. Rubbish and unattended campfires are also a major trigger point for bad relations with land managers. Council has received complaints from the public and is forced to follow them up. Continued access to these areas is at stake. Also, respect closures of areas of Aboriginal heritage value - the small wall under Cowboy Junkies is closed. Let's not see mass crag closures like what has happened in the Grampians happen at Nowra.

Ethic inherited from Illawarra

Lots of bolts in this region. Most development has been done after the 1980s.

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Routes

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Inside corner crack, going left through carrot bolt beneath roof to anchor.

FA: Ant Prehn, 1991

Start as for Ceiling Your Fate though go right at the roof and through the anchor of Orca. All trad, avoid the temptation to clip bolts of Orca. In the roof theres a block with jugs on top, i chose to avoid this because of unknown rock quality, climbing the seam below this. Make your own assessment

FA: Max Gordon, 14 Jun

Starts on left side of arête. Straight up to finish.

Optional friend no longer needed to protect start.

FA: Ant Prehn, Rod Young, Craig Paul & Trudy Bretherton, 1991

Start on the right side of arête, finish by traversing left to the anchors.

FA: Rod Young, 1999

FA: Trudy Bretherton & Giles Bradbury, 1990

Left line of rings up the lichen covered slab.

Right line of rings up the lichen covered slab. Left handside also available.

A top little route that deserves more attention, and takes on the obvious rounded arete. Finishes at single large U/staple.

FA: Paula Simons / Mark Ashmore

Start: Start at the obvious cleft about 15m to the right of the Orca wall.

FA: Rod Young, 2005

Enjoyable stroll, with a tricky start. Will be better with traffic.

Start: Start 2m right of the previous route.

FA: Rod Young, 2005

Traverse in for an easier route

FA: Rod Young, 2005

FA: Rod Young, 2005

Another good fun doddle.

Start: Start on the far right hand side of the wall.

FA: Rod Young, 2005

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