A fantastic morning out. Rap in-climb out.

This area is located on private property owned by the Hydro Majestic Hotel. Access could be removed at any time. Please respect the land.

If you want, it is possible to do all the routes off the ledge. You will need a 60m rope or longer. All the routes start off the same small dirt ledge, so it can be cosy if more than one group is here.

The sun hits the crag at about 1:30pm in summer.

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Access issues inherited from Medlow Bath

Many of these crags are located on private property - and could be closed at any time. Do not piss off local residents by parking cars at the end of Belgravia St - park back near the train line and walk 100m up the road.

The Belgravia St descent track and Devondale bouldering is located on private property (it is NOT owned by the Hydro Majestic Hotel). This property changed hands in 2018 for a cool $1.9 million, and the new landowners have not expressed concerns about the public on their land - yet. It is very important that this property is treated with utmost respect - and if you are approached by the owners then please be courteous. If they have concerns please get them to contact ACANSW.

Blue Mountains City Council is the land manager for The Block, Katoomba Bros, Sandpit, Valley Farm & Sooty Crag. Access to all these areas is via the private land mentioned above.

The mega lux Hydro Majestic Hotel owns private land that includes the Sunbath Wall, Reservoir Dogs, Sporting Complex, The Underworld & Pole 28. Access to to these private land crags is NOT guaranteed and could be closed at any time.

DJ crag is also located on private property - with the owner apparently living below the cliff itself.


The approach is a bit of a rabbit warren of small foot tracks getting less and less distinct as you get further from the carpark. Check the print guidebook.

The rap point is at the top of 'Smoko' - you have to scramble down a few metres to them (take care!). Always a good idea to take a separate rap rope and leave it in place - just in case.

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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.

At many Blue Mountains crags, the somewhat close spacing of routes and prolific horizontal featuring means that it is easy to envisage literally hundreds of trivial linkups. By all means climb these to your hearts content but, unless it is an exceptional case due to some significant objective merit, please generally refrain from writing up linkups. A proliferation of descriptions of trivial linkups would only clutter up the guide and add confusion and will generally not add value to your fellow climbers. (If you still can't resist, consider adding a brief note to the parent route description, rather than cluttering up the guide with a whole new route entry).

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 and minimisation/removal of tick marks becomes part of your climbing routine. Consider bringing a water squirt bottle and mop-up rag to better remove chalk. Only use soft (hair/nylon) bristled brushes, never steel brushes.

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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Starting up the easy slab a few metres left of Life of Riley, this line climbs the speckled orange streak near the vegetated crack, deviating into the crack briefly at the 7th bolt (where it would be contrived to avoid it) and rejoining the face at the 8th bolt, before heading through the bulge and up the vibrant orange streak to the top on weird pockets. Avoid straying off-route onto life of riley at the last hard moves.

Set: Paul Thomson, 2 Jun 2015

FA: Paul Frothy Thomson, 28 Jun 2015

Super-sustained climbing, tackling the most intense bits of Being and Nothingness and Buckley's Chance on the best rock.

Start up Life of Riley and continue up Buckley's Chance. Put a long sling on the 10th bolt (where the corner arches back right), step left and put a long sling on the bolt under the rooflet of Being and Nothingness, and blast up the mega headwall with increasing difficulty to a final reachy and very committing finale.

FA: Paul Thomson, 9 Aug 2015

Long sweet wall route with no shale bands or ledges. Start up Life of Riley for two bolts then break left and up face. At 8th bolt step left into major corner feature (vegetated). Stem up this for a few metres then finish up juggy headwall to join into Life Of Riley at last bolt. 14 bolts in total.

FA: Heath Black & Paul Frothy Thomson, 9 Aug 2015

The grand classic of this wall. One of the best routes of this style in the mountains. Rebolted 2004.

FA: G. Child & J. Smoothy, 1993

Rebolted 2004, and much appreciated. However, be aware that the first bolt was moved lower, unfortunately into some very hollow rock.

Start: Start where the abseil lands you.

FA: G. Child & M. Law, 1993

Start up Smoko, at the 2nd bolt head directly R to the 1st bolt on Leviathan, then up via power-crimping moves to gain the black streak that runs the length of this wall. Follow the black streak around the first steep flake, and up the wall staying between Smoko and GABDUY through the surprisingly steep final bulge (moving slightly R up the flake to gain a series of pockets, then back L up the line of bolts) to topout on top of the boulder.

FA: Paul Thomson, 28 Jun 2015

Can be climbed easily and more pleasantly in one long pitch - take several very long runners.

  1. 15m (19). As for LACS, belaying on triangular foot ledge on the arete.

  2. 20m (24). Directly up arete (as for up LACS pitch 2 past two FHs) then, where LACS's FHs trend R, head a little left and up following rings to finish on the right side of the block above the bulge, where anchors/loweroffs have been installed.

FA: J. Smoothy, 1999

1 21 15m
2 21 20m

Exposed and exciting. Do not try and combine the pitches.

  1. 15m (21) Step R and up off the ledge, then follow the traverse line 5m R to near the arete. Up face on jugs, then step R to finish on the arete on triangular foot ledge. DBB.

  2. 20m (21) Follow the RBs up, then hard R under overlap (some long runners helpful) to super exposed arete conclusion. Belay on small ledge. To exit either climb up another 7m to rings just below the summit, or traverse off right past clusterf&*k of anchor bolts on the mystery route. Either way stay roped up.

FA: G. Child & M. Taylor, 1993

About 5m R of p2 of LaCS is a mystery rap-in climb-out bolted route where every bolt has both a ring and a crap bolt right next to each other. Fix a rope to the top anchor (there is 5 of them!) and rap down to tiny ledge stance about 25m down. Anyone know any info about this route?

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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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