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Description

Gravel Pit Tor is a beautiful stand alone monolith that dominates its immediate surroundings. This tor offers some of the best climbs in the You Yangs.

Access issues inherited from The You Yangs

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

Park at the clearly marked parking lot for the Gravel Pit Tor along the Great Circle Drive. Follow the marked climbers trail up.

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.

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1m left of Opossum. 1st ascent Steve Monks Solo.

FA: Steve Monks, 1976

Prominent corner off width at the far left end of Question of Ethics wall.

Committing route. Left of Question of Ethics with the single bolt up high.

* Sustained & enjoyable. One of the best face routes in the YY. Start 4 meters right of 'Oppossum' to wander up the middle of the face on solid tint edges.

Set by Graham Sanders, Steve Toal & Steve Howden, 1981

Ridiculously bold. Just right of Question of Ethics with a single bolt.

Finger tearing and bold, just right & around the corner of Mean Streak.

Double ring bolt anchor on top.

2 carrots + 1 FH Has double ring bolt anchor on top.

FA: Martin Lama

3 carrots (They look rusty) Has double ring bolt anchor on top.

FA: Chris Yeomans & Andrew Lindblade

Good moves with good natural protection.

FA: Peter Lindorff & John McMahon, 1971

FFA: Joe Verbaken, David Lia, Peter Megens, Steve Pawley, Cathy Seccombe & Eileen O'Meagher, 1975

Good climbing up the rounded R arete of Silver Knight Buttress. Some reckon it's a soft tick. Up the sickle-shaped crack to the arete, then blast up on tiny nubbins past a couple of thin diagonal dykes and a horizontal break to good jugs. Two BRs and a FH along the way.

2 FHs. Left of The Chuchu. From the second bolt, powerful span into the crack to the right and up this. Take wires for the top section. Trad anchor on top.

FA: Martin Lama, 1992

Right wall of The Chuchu. Start as for Oona Poona past its first bolt. Instead of stepping left and up as for that climb, move up right to the dish and second bolt. From here continue diagonally up right and onto the run out slab.

FA: Martin Lama

Crimpy edges to start past 3 bolts, followed by easy ground through a jam crack.

Quite a nice climb now with the addition of a fixed hanger down lower. Up the face on small edges in the pale water streak, past a fixed hanger and carrot. Finish up the jam crack. Double ring bolt belay at top.

FA: Pete Stebbins, 1991

Middle of face 2m right of Defender of the Face. 3 BRs.

FA: Harold Ramsey, 26 Jul 2008

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