Kitten Wall




Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Kitten Wall Area

Access issues inherited from Arapiles

Cultural heritage closures now apply to some parts of Arapiles. This advice continues to evolve and may not be fully reflected in this website; refer to Parks Victoria for details applicable at the time of your visit.

Bird Nesting September-December Raptors usually nest on the following climbs in Spring : Cassandra, Eurydice, Harlequin Cracks, Revelations. Nesting usually finishes mid-December. There may or may not be signs in place at these times. Please keep 50m clear of these climbs if there appears to be nesting activity.

State Park - no dogs. No fires allowed Oct-Apr (inclusive).

Ethic inherited from Arapiles

Mount Arapiles is first and foremost a trad climbing area. The few sport climbs tend to be in the higher grades where no natural pro is available.

Bolting, particularly retro-bolting, is discouraged and should only be undertaken after extensive consultation with the local climbers, first ascensionists, etc. Inappropriately placed bolts have been chopped.

Do not chip the rock.

Look after the park.

  • Stick to the paths.

  • Don't disturb the wildlife.

  • Routes near peregrine falcon nesting sites are closed in the spring.

  • Minimise the impact of your camping (fuel stoves not fires, take your rubbish with you, etc).


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A novelty with a good bouldering move.

Start: Start on ledge below cavernous roof at left end of Kitten Wall.

FA: Bud Green & James Falla, 1988

Bottomless seam with bouldery start down right of Feeling The Ceiling.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1979

Surprisingly hard, and a little runout after the flake ends.

Start: Start at right-leading flake towards left end of Kitten Wall, not far right of Feeling The Ceiling. Go R to chains above Indoctrination.

FA: Greg Child, Kevin Lindorff & Tony Marian, 1978


FA: Mark Moorhead & Takashi Akegawa, 1983

Something of a mirror image of 'Indoctrination'. Desperately hard.

FA: Roland Foster & Dave Vass, 1989

A fingery start then good climbing. The bolt has been replaced. Stick clip or start up Claw and lower back down. Better still, just ignore the bouldery start and keep going. it's a much more consistent 23. Take your time to look for small cams above the bolt before going left and up - adequate gear is possible. Chains just below the top.

Start: Start 1 metre left of the prominent crack of Claw.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Mark Moorhead, 1979

Link-up straightens out the line, start up Indoctrination past it's bolt and continue straight up into Socialist Working Class Solidarity past its 2nd bolt

Excellent clean jamming after a thrutchy start. Originally climbed with "the aid of two slings on door jammed nuts".

FA: Ted Batty & Peter Jackson, 1965

A solid, intimidating lead with just enough protection. Very impressive for 1967.

FA: Dave Neilson & Rod Harris, 1967

Up Puss n Boots and - instead of stepping left to finish easily up Claw - go right then up.

This variant is more sustained than the original, but it does go very close to Siamese Crack (and it also goes past a suspect flake towards the top - but there are good holds on the face to avoid pulling on it).

Good climbing on spaced holds up the wall L of Siamese Crack. You can solo the crux (first 6m) or put side runners in SC. Move L at 6m to flake on Puss in Boots, then back R and straight up through roof to chains.

FA: Guy Cotter, 1981

The middle of the three prominent cracks on the wall is a daunting layback if your jamming technique is lacking.

FA: Peter Jackson & Ted Batty, 1965

The name says it all.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Louise Shepherd, 1981

The right-hand of the 3 prominent crack-lines starts with a character-building thrutch. Most people will opt to do the Right-Hand Variant or 'Cheshire Cat' instead but it could be worth testing your technique on this.

FA: Ted Batty & Peter Jackson, 1965

A good, fairly direct, way of doing Manx without the thrutching.

Start: Start at the diagonal crack 1 metre right of Manx.

FA: Unknown., 2000

The climb originally started up the easy, thin diagonal crack 1 metre right of Manx, now Manx RHV, but it is now done via the initial wall of 'Hard Nipples', which makes the climb more consistent. The climb originally went free up the diagonal crack and then aided up to and through the roof. The old pin can be easily backed up with a small cam.

FA: John Davis & Jim Smith, 1967

FFA: Kim Carrigan, 1978

More like hard forearms. Not a good idea to fall off the initial wall from a height. Its easy to scramble in from the right to place gear and toprope the first 4m if you value your ankles. DRB on ledge at top.

FA: Mike Law & Kim Carrigan, 1978

This good combination gives another way to approach the nice overhang on Manx. Some people prefer Manx RHV and others prefer this.

A very nice girdle-traverse but you have to like this sort of thing.

  1. 18m (15) From just left of gnarled old conifer go up left to traverse line and go left into "Manx". Continue left past "Siamese Crack" to an airy pedestal beside "Claw".

  2. 32m (15) Cross Claw and continue along horizontal break.

FFA: Pitch 1 : Peter Jackson, Ted Batty, Reg Wiliams (1 aid).Keith McNaughton & Peter Headdles 04-1968., 1965

FA: Pitch 2: Geoff Schirmer & Keith Lockwood., 1977


Start: Start at right-most end of 'Cat Cracker' ledge, lust left of old conifer.

FA: Rod young, Ant Prehn. Mark Moorhead, Jon Muir eliminated the rest. Kim Carrigan & Chris Shepherd added start as described., 1982

Dramatic architecture. Some people find this sleazy and gross, some find it interesting and funky.. feeling lucky?

Start: Start 5 metres right of the conifer.

FA: Chris Dewhirst & Phillip Stranger, 1967

As steep as they come.

Start: Start below the "Beware of this Block" message.

FA: Geoff Weigand, 1984

A bit contrived but fun climbing, steep and juggy. Up Cruel Brittania to the bolt out left, past this and left just above the lip to a long move over the blank section. Easy for the grade if you go to the rest on Cruel Brittania, and hard if you don't.

FA: Douglas Hockly & Wendy Eden, 28 Aug 2016

A good warm-up for the steep stuff.

Start: This used to start beneath the "Beware of this Block" block and undercling it but start to the right instead.

FA: Jeff Lamb & Dennis Ismay, 1980

A better and more powerful finish. From upper R-facing corner, move up and R to reach R-trending flakes, which are followed to the top.

FA: Glenn Tempest, Jun 2014

Surprisingly steep climbing. Take the time to make sure that the protection in the horizontal breaks is secure as you are going to come very close to the ground, and the block, if something pulls.

Start: Start from the big block right of the overhung area.

FA: FRA: Matt Earl, Bruce Craig, Poven Pather. Had been climbed before by mistake & may even be the original line of Footloose., 1991

Great little line up between Hendrix and footloose.

In a similar style to 'Hendrix', it can be amusing to watch pumped leaders lose form and begin to flail for the top. You can go straight up - off a shallow midsize cam, or diagonally left to finish as for Hendrix (better and better protected).

Start: Start 3 metres right of 'Hendrix' at easy crack.

FA: Kevin Lindorff & Rod Young, 1977

Bushy, mossy rock to start.

Start: Start 4 metres right of bent-over old tree.

FA: Andrew Smith & Chris Baxter, 1967

Start 6 metres right of bent over old tree. Climb up to three pockets keeping left of rock stack on right at 3 metres. Move diagonally right using horizontals to ledge. Finish directly up shallow corner after slab section. Build anchor and stay roped up to traverse right to Spastical Cats rap anchors.

FA: Hywel Rowlands & Peter Upton, Jul 2020

Start as for Felix and then move right at ledge and through weetbix rock to gain crack. Build anchor and stay roped up for traverse to Spastical Cats anchor.

FA: Hywel Rowlands & Peter Upton, Jul 2020

Fixed wire replaced by a bolt. Be careful of crappy rock up high. Has anchor off to the right.

Start: Start below thin seam without fixed wire where the track dips down.

FA: Lincoln Shepherd & Natalie Green, 1982

Start just left of overhang, 4 metres right of 'Practical Cats'. Up past bolt to short crack then horizontal break, being careful not to fall off getting to crack. Continue up wall slightly left past big pockets and back up rightish to top. Finish at Rap anchor. A #5 cam is not needed as stated in the latest guide, in fact there is nowhere to put it.

FA: Chris Shepherd, Nick Plishko. Louise Shepherd & Mike Broadbent had climbed the upper flake earlier the same day., 1982

Start as for Tactical Cats then against all good taste, across the weetbix and up to hollow flake where the one move of the route lies above a bolt. Finish up right on steep but straightforward climbing to anchor.

FA: Louise Shepherd & Mike Broadbent, 1982

An enjoyable, intricate route.

Start: Start 8 metres right of 'Practical Cats', just right of overhang at ground level.

FA: Chris Shepherd & Nick Plishko, 1982

Climb diagonal crack to bulge. Pull through bulge and follow line to blank wall (stay out of the corner). Up blank wall and left to anchors at Kitty Litter.

FFA: Chris Ferre & Jae Zhong, 7 Jul 2018

Climb wall, crossing diagonal crack of 'Alley Cat', to ledge. Up to bulge and technical seam and carry on straight to top.

Start: Start 5 metres right of 'Tactical Cats'.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Andrea Hayes, 1985


FA: Chris Dewhirst & Bruce Osborne, 1966

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Author(s): Chris Baxter & Glenn Tempest

Date: 1994

ISBN: 0646167308

A Guide to selected rockclimbs at Mt Arapiles,the Grampians and Mt Buffalo


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