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The Reef

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 6

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Description

A brilliant (accidental) find through a land survey, this field of conglomerate sandstone blocks is the best area for bouldering in Central Australia, with climbs currently ranging from V0-7, and scope for lots more!

Access issues inherited from Western MacDonnells

Located in West MacDonnell National Park.

Approach

To get to The Reef, drive West of Alice Springs for approx. 46km until you reach the turn off to Namatjira drive. Turn right onto Namatjira drive and follow this road for approx. 4.7km until you reach a small right hand kink in the road. either park here, or turn off left and follow a very faint vehicle track until you reach the Hugh River.

Walking south, cross the river on foot up a small slope on the other side, then continue until you can see the first of the boulders (total walking distance to the boulders from the river is about 400 metres.)

Alternatively, follow the river west for about 300 metres until you see a cluster of smaller boulders on the left, turn here and follow a small creek bed for 400 metres until you can see the first boulders at the top of the hill to your left

History

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First discovered in 2010, The Reef has seen a slow, but steady development each year, and currently around two dozen problems are known, however there is plenty of scope for at least double that number, especially in the harder grades.

Areas

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Style
Routes
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Height
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West Side Area
17
1
3m
7
East Side Sector
2
0
3m
1
The Lagoon Sector
10
5
3m
8

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