Rod's Ravine





Less than 1 minute walk across the gully R of Adults Only. A couple of trad lines, a couple of easy sport lines and some foolishness.

Access issues inherited from Bardens Lookout

* Temporary Access Change * Following the 2013 bushfires, the Collit's Crevasse and Lawson's Gully areas are no longer accessible from the main stairway entrance to Bardens (i.e., you can't turn right at the bottom of the stairs). Please respect the re-vegetation effort. Access to these areas is possible via Wentworth's Gully in Mt. York.


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

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.

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.

For the latest access related information, or to report something of concern, visit the Australian Climbing Association NSW Blue Mountains page at


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Start 33m right of the Ravine at base of the roof crack. Resembles a waterfall in wet seasons. Short wall to corner above then head slight left to lower offs. Use long slings to minimize rope drag.

FA: J.Lamb, J.Smoothy & R.Young, 1980

Start as for The Friendly Jackal. Through roof to ledge and out to arete. Second bolt is hidden on a flat ledge up to the right of the first bolt.

FA: K.Shultz, 1992

Set: GBradbury/JJackson (rebolt2013)

FA: M Warren, 2012

The 3rd bolted line R of The Friendly Jackal. Has "25" scratched into a piece of shale in the first few metres of the climb.

Up and through horizontal roof 5m L of Red Sails, then up short thin face on red rock to chain lower off. Optional continuation up the original Red Sails to the top of the cliff.

FA: J.Smoothy, 1996

20m right of TFJ. Up through shale to nice wall above.

FA: A.Prehn & R.Young, 1984

Shares start through shale with the previous and the following route. Left line of rings. Step right at weird runout to anchor.

FA: M.Pircher, 2009

As for Red Sails or start one ring to the right, then R and up.

FA: M.Pircher, 2009

Around blunt arete 1m R of previous route. Choss to grey wall. Stickclip then nice and juggy.

Set: Martin Pircher

FA: 2013

FA: Martin Pircher, 2013

A bit ...a lot of 'Madness' through a roof. Apparently the finger lock won't be necessary!

Set: Mitch Warren

FA: Open, 2000

22m R of Red Sails.

FA: M.Pircher, 2009

Start 38m right of RS. Roof cracks to right hand corner, ledge, left to wall and up right to cave. Up.

FA: J.Friend & B.Eswald, 1976

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Author(s): Simon Carter

Date: 2019

ISBN: 9780958079082

The latest comprehensive, latest and greatest Blue Mountains Climbing Guide is here and it has more routes than you can poke a clip stick at! 3421 to be exact. You are not going to get bored.

Author(s): Simon Carter

Date: 2019

ISBN: 9780958079075

Simon Carter's "Best of the Blue" is the latest selected climbing guide book for the Blue Mountains and covers 1000 routes and 19 different climbing areas. For all the sport climbers out there, the travellers, or just anyone who doesn't want to lug around the big guide that's more than 3 times the size - cut out the riff-raff and get to the good stuff! This will pretty much cover everything you need!

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