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  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 26

Access: Road closure due to landslide

On 6 March 2022 a landslide caused by flooding has heavily damaged Glenrapheal Drive, the approach road to Narrow Neck crags. The road is now closed - probably for many months. Walking access in unknown at this stage.

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Created 10 weeks ago
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Description

A very impressive wall but sadly only a few starts.

Access issues inherited from Farside

This crag is in National Park, please behave accordingly. In particular do not damage any vegetation, as there are some rare endangered plants which live near this crag and on the walk-in and NOWHERE ELSE. If climbers destroy the plants' peace, National Parks will probably do the same to climbers - don't stuff it for the rest of us!

Approach

A 2 minute walk past main wall.

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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An old abandon project by Dr Chris, recently fully bolted and freed by Steve. Hard boulder down low to a sustained head wall.

Hard start on "jugs" then great long wall above, reportedly very good.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

Start as for Crot De Nez then traverse right. Swing right across the amphitheater and up to finish close to the Deflatable Daisy anchors.

Active project by Steve.

Slabby ramp then up beautiful orange wall with a hard traverse left to first set of lower-offs at large flake.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

Only really 3 bolts above the first half but adds a fair amount of pump. Continue up and left from the first set of anchors. Mega.

FA: Steve Grkovic

Last route of the crag. Hard boulder problem start and then long interesting wall on mostly great rock. Watch your rope length.

FFA: Steve Grkovic

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