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Summary

A narrow overhung wall mere minutes from the road with afternoon shade and protection from winter westerlies.

Description

Many of the routes feature multiple ledges and bouldery moves above them - an attentive belayer is required to protect those precious ankles.

Access issues

Park well off the road.

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.

History

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The majority of routes were equipped in 2003 by Mike Law and Anthony Savage. Many were left as projects for 17 years until 2020 when this wall was re-discovered. A couple of new routes were added as well.

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Thin crack on far left end of wall, just around the corner from the bolted routes.
 Hard and committing off the ground. Jug left of crack and moving into crack. Up on mixed quality rock.
 Mostly finger top and hand sized cams all the way to the top. One large cam useful but not necessary.

FA: Alex Reigelman, Maureen Casey & Josh Mackenzie, 2020

Overhanging thin crimping on wall right of chimney of BMTAS.
 Can start as per BMTAS (trad) or Dancing on the People and traverse in on ledge to belay bolts halfway up wall.
 Get established in chimney and spooky traverse to first bolt.
 Thin crimping in exposed position across wall to hit arete and follow to top.

FA: Josh Mackenzie, 2020

The next three routes share the same start - a mossy looking slab that is easier than it looks. The first bolts are way way up - stickclip or good spot recommended.

The right side of the remarkable knife blade arete. Start as per Slap The Sami. At ledge move left with one hard move over rooflet then continue left to airy position on arete.

FA: Josh Mackenzie & Josh Norris, 2020

Slabby start then straight up the wall - taking the left of the two vertical lines of bolts into the light orange rock. The move off the ledge up high is hard and dangerous - panic quickdraw vital (needs a long permadraw placed on the bolt).

FA: Gavin Ning

Shared slab start then right line of bolts leading up easy wall to large ledge. Take a breather then launch up sustained orange face above with memorable last steep move to victory pockets.

FA: 27 Aug

Ramble up the dirty start then wild moves up the orange wall above to desperate fused flake finish and chain (flake needs a clean). Spaced bolting - take care with the ledges.

FA: Anthony Savage

The king line of the crag up the guts of the wall.

FA: Michael Law, 2003

Crux has been done as a dyno, slimp highstep or a static skinshredding handjam. Easy wall to roof, over this to break - get past this to next break (crux) and mantle onto ledge. Finish up tricky orange wall above. Some great waterwashed rock on this.

Set by Simon Foxell, 2003

FA: Paul Thomson, Aug 2020

A tale of five mantles. Right most route on the wall with prominent shelf jutting out about 8m up. Long draws useful to reduce rope drag. Has some lovely water-polished rock but is very stop start.

Set by Michael Law & vanessa peterson, 2003

FA: 27 Aug

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