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Description

Cast off eons ago from the mountain, hidden deep in the forest, waiting for someone like you.

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.

Approach

Park on Mount Keira Road outside of Mount Keira School. Walk 250m up the road. Before the fire station there is a bike track off to the left. Follow this for 950m to find the large boulder just on your left. (Refer to OSM if lost).

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.

Routes

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Pretty sketchy as you will find out from what is left on the ground. Start both hands on the broken ledge, with careful balance reach up to a small right, then big left and up to the ledge. Very sketchy top out.

FA: Murray, 25 Jan 2017

Start low on the ledge, shift up the ledge. There are two ways to go from here, either straight up with your left, or sweet undercling crimp to balance then up with your right. Top out is difficult.

FA: Murray, 25 Jan 2017

Start right hand on the undercrimp. Delicate moves up to the right then grab the solid ledge and go for a powerful and fun dynamic move to the top ledge.

FA: Murray, 25 Jan 2017

Start both hands on the side arete. Carefully shuffle up and along the arete. High heel hook and a scramble ensures to finish it off.

FA: Murray, 25 Jan 2017

Needs a lot of cleaning

Super low loose big undercling. What could go wrong? Needs cleaning.

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