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Summary

Quality crack climbing in an alpine setting.

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Description

Granite cliffs overlooking the west side of Blue Lake.

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Approach

From Charlotte's Pass, follow the paved and gravelled tourist track towards Blue Lake. From the "helicopter landing pad" at the saddle overlooking the lake, follow the rocky tourist track down towards the lake. Twenty metres past the lookout platform, and 10 metres past a "no walking" sign, pick up a footpad heading down and around to the cliffs.

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Where to stay

No camping in the glacial lake catchment. The closest flat spot out of the catchment is near the creek crossing on the tourist track, just downhill from the "helicopter landing pad".

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Ethic

No bolts - trad climbing only.

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History

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Blue Lake has a unique place in Australian climbing and it is a great shame that for so long it has been lacking a comprehensive guide. Tony Wood and the A.N.U.M.C. put out the first guide in 1971 and Warrick Williams (and the U.N.S.W.M.C.) released revisions and supplements in 1973 and 1977. What you are about to read is the first attempt at a revision/update in twelve years. Consider yourself lucky that you are reading it at all, for this 'guide' has had an uneasy birth. What should have been a relatively painless publication has been plagued by apathy and non-commitment. Lies have been told, letters have been sent and not answered phone calls have been ignored, route descriptions have been lost (or never recorded) and deciphering twenty year old route descriptions has proved worthy of a degree. Anyway here it is complete with gaps and descriptions that may lead you into the never-never but what the hell you probably need some adventure in your life. "Printed in Issue #6 (Spring 1989) of Australian ROCKCLIMBER magazine."

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