North Face Rock climbing21 routes in cliff
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Access issues inherited from Mount Keira
The Mount Keira summit park is an easy 15 minute drive from the Wollongong CBD. The park is surrounded by the Illawarra Escarpment State Conversation area and is covered in thick sub-tropical rainforest and eucalypt forest, and is open to the public all year round.
Be aware the vehicle gate to the summit park is closed and locked after hours.
Due to rockfalls in recent years some parts of the area are closed, though the West Face and connecting path (Dave Walsh Track) are declared open by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. See http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/illawarra-escarpment-state-conservation-area/local-alerts for details.
From The Mt Keira car park walk back down the entrance road for exactly 5 minutes (350m) . On the right - just as the road starts to turn left sharply - there is a rock out-crop , scramble up the rock steps and then:
- head immediately down the steep slippery gully to the 1st wall.
- head right across the top of the climbs to get to the climbs beyond 'Wallyard arete'
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.
G Hill, R Young, A Prehn, S Bullen, J Muir, B James, J Hoy
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