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West Side

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 12
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Description

Extensive length of cliffline with mostly Chossy overhangs. There is a considerable amount of rock, with the potential for plenty more lines. The climbs that are already there are good, but are in need of some cleaning.

Access issues inherited from Crago Observatory

The entire cliff line is right on the fire trail. On the edge of BM national Park and reserve.

Approach

Keep on walking down the trail till you see a cliff on your right

Ethic inherited from Blue Mountains

Although sport climbing is well entrenched as the most popular form of Blueys climbing, mixed-climbing on gear and bolts has generally been the rule over the long term. Please try to use available natural gear where possible, and do not bolt cracks or potential trad climbs. If you do the bolts may be removed.

Because of the softness of Blue Mountains sandstone, bolting should only be done by those with a solid knowledge of glue-in equipping. A recent fatality serves as a reminder that this is not an area to experiment with bolting.

If you do need to top rope, please do it through your own gear as the wear on the anchors is both difficult and expensive to maintain.

If you have benefited from climbing infrastructure in NSW, please consider making a donation towards maintenance costs. The Sydney Rockclimbing Club Rebolting Fund finances the replacement of old bolts on existing climbs and the maintenance of other hardware such as fixed ropes and anchors. The SRC purchases hardware, such as bolts and glue, and distributes them to volunteer rebolters across the state of New South Wales. For more information, including donation details, visit https://sydneyrockies.org.au/rebolting/

It would be appreciated if brushing of holds becomes part of your climbing routine - do it with a soft bristled brush and never a steel brush!

The removal of vegetation - both from the cliff bases and the climbs - is not seen as beneficial to aesthetics of the environment nor to our access to it.

However, the fast growing scrub can conceal walking tracks in mere months, making remote and less popular crags slightly more difficult and fun to navigate to. Some appropriately discreet pruning is a far better alternative then track braiding (which causes far more damage).

However, do so only on Council land and definitely not in the National Park. Remember, to maintain access our best approach is to 'Respect Native Habitat, Tread Softly and Leave No Trace'. Do not cut flora and keep any tracks and infrastructure as minimal as possible or risk possible closures.

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the bolts running up the cave. lower off ring bolts up the top

left side of the slab wall cool move 1/2 way

FA: 5 May 2011

up the dirty crack to a crack going left on a 45. DRBB at top

FA: 5 Mar 2011

straight up on the left side of the wall. DRBB at top

FA: 2 May 2011

start on the right on a dirt wall 1st bolt is just before the crack then up the crack to the top. Ring bolts at the top. May be a bit small for a large biners.

FA: 1 Apr 2011

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