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Summary

Mostly featureless and coarse granite eggs with a few gems scattered throughout.

Description

Scattered over Albanys Mt Melville are a multitude of blank (sometimes chossy) granite boulders covered in skin eating and rubber destroying crystals. A few gems have been found amongst the sharp crystals, and are well worth the effort. These include the recently developed 'Justin and Clays Boulder', The Lowe Boulder and 'Pinnacle Boulder'. They make for a welcome change of scenery from the coastal views (who can deal with epic views like that all day anyway?). Literally situated in town these make for a good circuit for those strapped for time.

History

History timeline chart

Climbing on Mt Melville is perhaps some of the easiest to access in Albany (barring perhaps dog rock). Thus climbing on the hill dates back to some early routes documented in the old CAWA Southern WA guide published in 1978 by Mike Smith and Richard Rathbone. The routes documented in this guide include many of the obvious easier cracks and slabs around the main look out. A siege by strong man Pete Lowe in the mid 1980s (~1986) captured some highball classics, and it is certain much of this original development has been obscured by time. More recently some of the steeper blocs written off by early developers, particularly those hidden in the bush, have seen attention and produced some great lines. These bush protected rocks seem to be less weathered down and so tend to be friendlier on the skin than those on the exposed summit.

Areas

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Style
Routes
Ticks
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GL95 Boulders unknown area
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9
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Summit Boulders unknown area
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24
6m
32
10
22
4m
4
Base Camp area
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