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Rockwell Road Pinnacles

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 65

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Access issues inherited from The You Yangs

January 2020 - Great Circle Drive is now open again.

National Park. Parks Vic website (Oct 2014) says "[...] Bookings are required for groups. Individuals are not required to book, but should check with the Park Office to enquire about the availability of sites. [...]"

Approach

Two options here.

  1. From Turntable car park follow Rockwell Rd until at old car park approx 100 m past left turnoff to Big Rock. The Pinnacles can be seen uphill from here. They are right of an obvious white pinnacle. An (several) old, overgrown tracks lead up to the crag. in May 2018 it was possible in shorts without getting scratched up.

  2. From Turntable car park, follow West Walk past The Lookout, then up the steep S bend section. Approx 150 m past here, on the flat straight before the track heads downhill again the same white pinnacle is visible a couple of hundred meters downhill. The crag is to the left of this. Slightly thicker scrub, but shorter bush bash than option 1

There is a DDB above Gallows Humour and some large blocks approx 10 m behind the top of Lynch Mob and Mob Rule.

Ethic inherited from The You Yangs

Mixed climbing with trad and some sports options, as well as bouldering. Bring hangar plates, as many climbs are equipped with carrot bolts.

Routes

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Grade Route

This route climbs the pinnacle mentioned in the access description that is used to locate Rockwell Road Pinnacles from the track. Climb the south-east arete facing the western walking track. Be careful down climbing.

FA: Mitch Lindbeck, 20 Jun

Pocketed crack.

FFA: Mark Walters & Angela Emerson, 1985

Corner just L of The Slot Machine.

FFA: Mark Walters, 1985

Overhanging deep crack/off width through cave from The Slot Machine.

A couple of m left of Hang 'em High. 1 BR

Seam on block opposite Turd Bulglar. 1 FH

3m R of Arete R of Hang 'em High. 3 BR

3 m R of Kangaroo Court. Start on boulder, up past BR, R to arete then up Gallows Humour. 2 BR

Arete to R of Kangaroo Court and on L of Tarred and Feathered. 2 BR

Chimney

Seam to Right of Tarred and Feathered. Wires and 1BR. Belay from blocks 10 m behind top.

Start same as Lynch Mob, then up center of face. 2 BR

As for Mob Rule, but traverse R under 1st BR and the up to high BR on R.

Placing this route here until I can pin down it's exact location. It's actually between The Lookout and Rockwell Rd Pinnacles, close to where the Western Walking track swings hard right (when walking from Lookout to Pinnacles). Climb is on the left side of track on a downhill face, which has a distinct grey blob/feature in the middle of it.

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