Skyline Walls




Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Skyline Walls Area

Access issues inherited from Arapiles

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


Scramble up from the bottom of Cecilia Wall.

Or approach via Dreadnought Gully (Central Gully Right), coming up past Starless Buttress and the Copyright Area.

Descent notes

Rap station above Copyright. Or scramble down to the R.

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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Grade Route

Traverse L past F and up the 'Intransience' face (see the 'Cecilia Wall' area).

Start: Start as for F.

FA: Jon Muir & solo, 1985

Take the crack on the L side of the gully, finishing up the 'Intransience' face.

Start: Start at the far L end of 'Skyline Walls'.

FA: Louise Shepherd & Kim Carrigan, 1979

The steep flake and shallow groove just R of the gully, with sparse microwires.

Start: Start just R of F.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Louise Shepherd, 1979

Up the R-leaning flakes, then the face.

Start: Start 1m R of T.

FA: Chris Shepherd & Paul Tattersall, 1982

Bouldery, intense climbing on underclings left of 'Exodus lI' . Start on left side of wall beneath right-trending crack weakness, or alternatively 1m right of this. Boulder up to fixed wire in roof, surmount hanging 'slab' and undercling rightwards into easier territory. Basically a 10 move boulder problem. Bring your biceps.

FA: Mark Moorhead, 1982

Well chalked line (marked in yellow) left of obvious left-trending crack (Copyright). Climbs like an overhung limestone power route. Boulder into the line and onwards via obvious double-undercling crux (and bolt) to a horizontal break on the left. Take a breath, then easier face climbing to the top.

FA: Chris Shepherd, 1982

At the top of the crux of 'Exodus lI', break right to a 2nd bolt (red line), then up and right to a 3rd bolt (past undercling pocket). Upon reaching the edge of the crack weakness (Copyright), cut back left via yet another boulder problem up the unlikely headwall. Sustained power.

FA: Dave Jones

Exodus 2.5 with the obvious finish - up Copyright. A brilliant undertaking in its own right, but lacking the contrived headwall finish of the original.

Start: As for 'Exodus 2.5'.

L to R trav

Takes the line immediately right of 'Exodus' II (white line) and left of large crack weakness (Copyright). Boulder start to underclings (common theme here), then left to gain base of thin crack, and up. A more sustained version of 'Exodus' II.

FA: Chris Shepherd, 1983

An exhausting undertaking up the major line on the wall (left-trending crack). Once graded 20! Steeply left to left leaning flake and poor rest. Step left then up.

FA: Colin Reece & Rod Young, 1979

Start as for 'Copyright' and continue up crack direct to top half of 'Bootleg'.

FA: Wendy Eden, Anthony Pattison & Nic Kiraly, 2010

Step across the gap and gain the large pockets. Climb past the 'thread' to jugs, then trend leftwards up the face to join the steep flake. Finish up this. Bit Torrent is better.

Start: Start just R of Copyright.

FA: Kim Carrigan, Rod Young & John Smoothy, 1979

After the bouldery start of Bootleg, continue up wall right of that route. Some poor rock and gear.

Up steep limestone-like wall past bolts, and R over bulge, then back left.

Start: Start down R of 'Copyright' in small gully.

FA: Ant Prehn & Rod Young, 1983

Boulder into Revolution Rock using evil pockets.

Located on the level down and right of the 'Exodus' ledge. Starts up poorly protected corner with hard climbing and poor rock to ledge. Continue up corner to roof, then exit right past bulge and then L to finish up arete.

FA: Rod Young & John Smoothy, 1979

Starts just right of 'Rasputin'. Short problem past ancient fixed wire. Climb groove to the wire, then using a flake, up to roof and onwards to ledge. A good anchor can be found on the wall above this or there are chains at the top of Tres Hard.

FA: Rod Young & Ant Prehn, 1983

Climb the faint groove past bolt (FH) to gritty, grey roof. Traverse right across this on slopers to jugs, then up final headwall. Fiddly pro.

FA: Chris Shepherd, 1982

Up faint groove to sharp pockets (FH), then stretch right into base of flared crack weakness and follow this to top. Powerful.

Start: Starts right of I'm A Mess.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1979

Starts 2m right of 'Tres Hard' and climbs seam/crack weakness to hanging slab. Join the dots up the slab, then up easier grey tower to finish. A high side runner in Tres Hard was the only gear in the first 3/4 of the route on the first ascent. Retrobolted with Roland's permission, 3 bolts plus trad gear.

FA: Roland Foster, 1982

Vegetated groove 7m right of the start of 'Tres Hard'.

Further right along the ledge are two prominent chalked lines easily identified by their limestone-like appearance of large pockets and underclings. This route starts 1m left of the first line (On High) and climbs less travelled territory to shallow corner. Joins 'On High' near the top.

FA: Ant Prehn & Rod Young, 1983

Well chalked bouldery start to large undercling, then up into groove, finishing above little roof. Well protected and classic climbing.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Eddy Ozols, 1979

Right of 'On High' are two large pockets on the lip of a roof. Up to pockets, then over bulge and up leftwards through more pockets to layback flake. Continue directly.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1979

Layback up vague corner then left across good holds to an obvious pocket. Reachy crux via a dubious hold, then left to the hollow jug and finish up crack weakness.

Start: Just right of Non Stop at slight corner.

FA: Chris Shepherd & Allan Wilkie, 1982

Starts 2m right of Non Stop (as for Cuddly Fat) at faint corner. Up this to jugs, right slightly, then cut left up red scoop and through final roof. Belay available in cave.

FA: Rod Young, Kim Carrigan & John Smoothy, 1979

3m right of 'Hassan' is an easy crack. Up this, then continue up face above.

FA: Rod Young, 1979

Grotty corner.

Start: Start 2m R of NH.

FA: Hanut Singh-Dodd & Kazimierczak, 1990

Boulder up past 2 bolts and some trad placements.

Start: Start 5m R of NH where the wall bulges considerably.

FA: Wayne & Gavin Jensen, 1990

Stick clip 1st rusty bolt (place back up wire just above it) then boulder strenuously up through initial bulge onto face. Try not to look at the state of the 2nd bolt as you make reachy moves past it. Gain lip of roof and stretch out right into cleaner rock. Ignore the old fixed RP. Belay possible on block above.

Start: Starts 5m right of 'Slip Slop Slap'.

FA: Wayne & Gavin Jensen, 1990

3m right of 'Blast Off' and 5m left of black rock. Stick clip runner to start, then boulder into crack above.

FA: Mark Moorhead & Chris Shepherd, 1983

The next 3 routes are on the upper level, access by scrambling down gully from the top to fixed rope and plank.

Directly above Tres Hard is this slightly less hard crack.

FA: Wendy Eden & Jess McMahon, 20 Apr 2016

Located on small wall above Non Stop. Easily accessible from the summit. Climbs crimpy wall past two bolts and trad placements veering left near the top past a poor pocket.

FA: James Falla & Paul Hoskins, 1988

Stick clip the bolt then up the wall.

Start: Start 7m R of W.

FA: James Falla & Paul Hoskins, 1988

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