Ministry Wall

Fixed Gear: Ministry Wall rap chain

Rap chain on tree at right end of Ministry Wall (between Ministry Wall and Vanoise Area) looks like it is getting tight on the tree. Can it be extended or replaced?

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Created 13 weeks ago




The orange face at the R end of Looking Glass wall.

Emergency Location: Mount Arapiles, Voodoo 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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"The holds just keep on appearing" Follow the obvious left-leaning diagonal rib to the arete then up.

FA: Richard Gaunt, Rhys Boyar & Peter Upton, 3 Jul

Takes the vegetated trench.

FA: Rhys Boyar, 3 Jul

Climb corner and veer L through the small roof above.

Start: Start on L side of 'Ministry Wall' at L facing steepening corner with lichen at base.

FA: Jack Lewis & Michael Persin, 1995

After the left-leaning corner, continue over the bulge and straight up. Good rock, good gear. This route assumes the original veered left below the bulge as per the description.

FA: Peter Upton, Richard Gaunt & Rhys Boyar, 3 Jul

Up until the obvious line veers left up to the roof. Climb the roof and finish straight up.

Start: Start as for 'Secret Police'

FA: Chris Baxter & Dave Gairns, 1986

The prominent recessed orange groove to an intimidating roof. Over roof and up black wall. The site of a bee hive as of 2015.

FA: Mark Moorhead, Kim Carrigan & Peter Newman, 1979


FA: Peter Newman, Kim Carrigan & Mark Moorhead, 1979

Line 6 metres right of 'Wormwood', passing through two bulges low down (finish right of top roof.

FA: Craig Nottle & Mark Moorhead (carrigan led cruxy 2nd bulge on 2nd ascent), 1979

Up and over hard bulge to ledge. Follow steep flake right to large jug. Dyno up left and up face.

Start: Start 3 metres right of 'Undercover Agent'

FA: Kim Carrigan, Mark Moorhead & Peter Newman, 1979

After the dyno move R to the bolt and up through the rooflet.

FA: Douglas Hockly, 2015

At the end of the flake head R along the tenuous diagonal and up the overhang. Just toproped.

FA: Wendy Eden & Douglas Hockly, 2014

Either of two extreme starts lead to right diagonal flake. Undercling strenuously right and up to cave.

Direct finish breaks straight up from diagonal overlap, finishing up and around corner and roof at top.

Start: Start 3 metres right of 'Big Brother'

FA: Mark Moorhead, Jon Muir. Direct finish : Paul Hoskins & Scott Camps, 1988

Stepped crack 10 metres right of 'Cornflakes'. Finish up a small orange corner.

FA: Mark Moorhead (solo), 1979

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