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Description

The lower boulders is a fairly flat area south of the Mt Keira plateau. It consists of a number of varying size boulders that have fallen down from the plateau eons ago. The area is traversed via a mountain bike trail and is well protected under tree canopy.

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 at the Mt Keira Road hairpin. Walk up the road for ~200m. Follow the mountain bike trail that hits the road on the right. After about 100m there is the first (East) boulder up on your right, keep following the left path for 80m to get to the next (Middle) boulder, keep following the path 100m for the last (West) boulder.

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.

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The first boulder you reach following the bike track from the East.

Crouch start on the arete. Head up the arete.

FA: Brett H, 14 Jun 2015

Stand start on crimp rail, up and left to sidepull then top.

Stand start on crimps, straight up the wall left of the flake.

Stand start on the flake, head straight up without using any of the chips/cuttings.

The right arete from a crouch.

Start of the 'Middle Boulder' Start low, go for the lower ledge, then use the arete for pulling up.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Start low at Pull-kun, traverse left into Pullman, then join into Hail to the crimp.

Start left hand at the small picket then follow up for some solid pulling action.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Start at the Pullman pocket and also the under-crimp, move up to the crimp crack, and also out left for a small side pull before heading up to the ledge.

Start around the undercrimp, move up to a couple more small holds, then up to the ledge to top out.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Pull the arete, with right hand crimps, don't use the rock pile.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Up the easier side of the arete to top out

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Around the backside of the 'Middle Boulder' Start left hand low on the arete and right hand on the crimp rail. Follow the crimp rail along and around without using the top ledge. Adjust difficulty as required with your feet.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

At the 'West Boulder' Up to the lip then follow the ledge right then up. Mind the tree!

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Start at the lowest pocket crimps, straight up and out.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

Start lower pockets and head up leftwards and out.

FA: Murray, 10 Dec 2017

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