Wickerslack Crag All Trad climbing12 routes in crag
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Good holds, easy angle and a reasonable amount of gear makes for a pleasant top-roping and trad practice area.
A small limestone crag - unusual for the ACT - just outside Queanbeyan and along the river. Unlike some limestone rocks, this crag tends more towards large horizontal breaks than pocketed climbs.
While generally used for top-roping and learning to place gear, there are several more serious climbs, particularly the slab which is growing more polished by the year.
No details of first ascents or proper names have been recorded.
Dries quickly after rain. Good sun for winter mornings and shade for summer evenings.
Note: approach options 1 and 2 may not be possible from 2018-2020 due to construction of Ellerton Drive extension.
Drive through Queanbeyan down Old Cooma Road, past Karabar shops and either turn left and park on Barracks Flat Drive opposite number 79 in front of a cleared area with a gate leading up to the reserve.
From Barracks Flat Drive, walk up to the reserve and then along the dirt track until the path forks, turn right then left soon after (just before you walk under the powerlines - logs about the track) along a better-maintained track, then proceed along past two buildings, up onto the next ridge, then turn left. Follow the track straight down the ridge. Don't turn left off the ridge when you get to the cleared area - keep going straight, following cairns. Look for some jutting rocks, this is the top of the crag.
find a spot to park near the intersection of Old Cooma Road and Edwin Land Parkway, at GPS coords -35.3787,149.2371. Be aware cars have been broken into here. Follow dirt tracks through grassland, turn right at the logs just after you walk under the powerlines, then as per Option 1.
8-15 minute walk.
Park 1km down Wickerslack Lane at a gate on the left. Go through the gate and follow the firetrail for about 10 minutes. It goes downhill for 5 minutes, then back uphill for 5 more. At the crest of the ridge is an intersection with trails to the left and right. Take the trail to the right, heading straight down the ridge. At the cleared area, don't turn left on the main track - keep heading straight down the ridge until you reach some jutting rocks. This is the top of the cliff. 15 minute walk.
Cliff can be found at GPS coords -35.3818,149.2475
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