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Description

Mushroom Rock and the associated 'Toadstool Rock' are located about 200 metres northwest along the ridge from 'Legoland'. These outcrops can be difficult to find and it is worth looking at them from 'Legoland' first.

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Approach

From Legoland follow the ridge track north for 150m to the second group of small boulders. For the southern approach turn left here and head downhill to get to 'Toadstool Rock'. For the northern approach keep going another 100m to a saddle. Turn left and follow a pink-taped track downhill, trending left when you see a vertical orange wall capped by a huge block - Mushroom rock.

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danger - this is not an easy climb to get off unless you leave some gear!

The obvious line on 'Mushroom Rock'; unfortunately it is a bit wide - take some #4 cams and #11 hexes. Actually, now it's been done, don't bother.

  1. 15 metres (13) - Climb the chimney at the left side of the orange wall; past an awkward rooflet, to belay from the 'Sunshine' chockstone.

  2. 25 metres (18) - Follow the horizontal off-width right with increasing difficulty, to emerge on a triangular ledge. Reverse the first pitch of 'Hotline' to escape.

FA: John Churchill & Ken Luck (alt.), 1989

Traverses under the roof, right of 'Psychadelia', from right to left. Start in a hole and bridge up to a spooky chockstone, then climb the thinning crack.

FA: Adam Blizzard & Tallis Didcott, 1988

A vicious off-width, overhung and flared chimney crack high up right on 'Mushroom Rock'. Start below a corner formed by large flakes.

  1. 10 metres (13) - Climb the corner to a roof, traverse left and around the nose to a good stance.

  2. 22 metres (20) - Crux. climb the strenuous and sustained crack.

FA: Keith Bell & John Fantini, 1974

The crack up the back of 'Mushroom Rock', about 10 metres right of 'Hotline'. Step across the gap and up the crack.

FA: Mike Law, Lincoln Hall, Ray Lassman & Norm Booth, 1973

The wall-to-arete opposite 'Sunshine' with one bolt. Bush belay.

FA: Adam Blizzard & David Jenkins, 1988

The wall one metre right of 'Kinematic' with four bolts and some very thin moves. Bush belay.

FA: John Smart & Norm Booth, 1975

The curving line right of 'Kinematic'.

FA: John Smart & Norm Booth, 1975

The prickly line opposite 'Psychedelia' which repelled a few attempts to free it! Start behind the right-hand (smaller) flake. Into the corner (originally aided on nuts) and up this to the top.

FA: John Stone, Peter Fisk, Lawrence McCook & Chris Bradley (15M1), 1979

FFA: Julie Styles, Kieran Lawton, Dave Moten & Adam Blizzard, 1996

Good wall climbing up the arete about three metres left of 'Gingerman'. Up to the only bolt, then trend left around the arete and up the slabby wall above.

FA: Gordon Brysland & John Smart, 1982

The rightwards curving crack on the wall above and to the right of 'Mushroom Rock', originally with one aid move.

FFA: Ray Lassman & Norm Booth

FA: Ian Lewis & Damien Jones, 1974

Start three metres right of 'The Gingerman' at a slab. Up, then diagonally right to a thin crack and an awkward finish.

FA: Ray Lassman, John Smart & Norm Booth, 1975

Whatever turns you on... Starts on the right-hand side of the large flake just right of 'Candyman'. Up the flake formed off-width to cut left at the obvious crack, then more easily up the left-hand side of the large flake.

FA: Adam blizzard & Ken Luck, 1988

The wide crack in the back of 'Toadstool Rock'.

FA: Phil Georgeff & Jim Truscott, 1987

Start at the chimney 10 metres left of 'Moonsong'. Chimney and pull onto the right face below a short diagonal crack (small wires). Step up to the bolt and gain the arete for the final moves.

FA: Neil Montgomery & Adam Blizzard, 1990

  1. 15 metres - Climb the wide chimney left of 'Funky Cold Medina' to a ledge.

  2. 8 metres - Finish up the crack.

FA: John Smart, Ray Lassman & Norm Booth, 1975

The deceptive and desperate overhanging face right of 'Moonsong' with four bolts. The crux is at the top; move left to trad belay.

FA: Tony Barten & Andrew Bull, 1989

May go free one day. On the right-hand wall of 'Toadstool Rock' (start marked). Aid the very thin crack to the roof, then left to a crack and free to the top.

FA: Ray Lassman & Norm Booth, 1974

May have been done before by Enid Blyton. Enjoyable moves up the arete left of 'False Sun' with two bolts.

FA: Craig Kentwell, Adam Blizzard, Tony Barten, Anne Hastings & Andrew Bull, 1988

The enjoyable short corner right of 'True Grit'.

FA: John Smart, Ray Lassman & Norm Booth, 1975

100 metres north-west (slightly downhill and right, facing the valley) from 'Mushroom Rock' is an isolated boulder about 20 metres high. On the valley side of this is a thin crack:

One of the hardest cracks in the ACT. It overhangs by two metres in fifteen and has three hand jams, the rest being layaways and thin fingerlocks.

FA: John Smart, 1978

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