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Stanwell Tops

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 5 min
  • Photos: 67
  • Ascents: 3,360

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Summary

Single pitch sandstone climbing above the sea-side town of Stanwell Park.

Description

Mostly sport climbing on ringbolts, but there are also some excellent crack routes as well.

Access issues inherited from Wollongong

There are no serious access issues in the region. Don't be a dick and mess up access for future generations by bolting within sight of tourist tracks or pissing off rangers.

Approach

Drive to intersection of Stonehaven Rd and Bendena Garden in the town of Stanwell Tops. Park in large open gravel carpark next to The Tumbling Waters/Garden of Peace resort entrance behind the bus-stop.

Ethic inherited from Wollongong

Retro-bolting of established trad routes is frowned upon. There has been some controversy in recent years about new routes being bolted above tourist tracks. Please don't do this.

Please try to use available natural gear where possible, and do not bolt cracks or potential trad climbs. If you do the bolts may be removed.

If you do need to top rope, please do it through your own gear as the wear on the anchors is both difficult and expensive to maintain.

It would be appreciated if brushing of holds becomes part of your climbing routine - do it with a soft bristled brush and never a steel brush!

The removal of vegetation - both from the cliff bases and the climbs - is not seen as beneficial to aesthetics of the environment nor to our access to it.

Consider bolting single lines rather than many link ups and eliminates, where there are established lines also consider the need to add bolts to establish link ups. It can often create an eyesore.

It is a privilege to climb in the Illawarra to maintain access our best approach is to 'Respect Native Habitat, Tread Softly and Leave No Trace'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible or risk possible closures.

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Stonehaven Cliff
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3,025
15m
26

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