Slape Area



Access issues inherited from Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage listed area. The Grose Valley, the cliffs around Katoomba and much of the Narrow Neck peninsula are part of the Blue Mountains National Park which is managed by the NPWS. The Western Escarpment - where most of the climbing is - is Crown Land managed by the BMCC. While the NPWS Plan of Management nominates several locations in the National Park where rock climbing is deemed appropriate, the majority of the climbing remains unacknowledged. 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.

Practically all crags are either in National Park or in council reserve: dog owners are reminded that dogs are not allowed in National Parks at any time and fines have been issued, while for crags on council reserve the BMCC leash law requires that dogs be on-leash.

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.

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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Start: 11 left of P.

FFA: W.Williams, A.Stevens (Law & Carrigan), 1974

Right arete of slabby face past 3 rings and 2 glue-in carrots.

Start: 'Arete' 2m left of LC.

FA: M.Law & K.Rosebery, 1976

Start: 1m left of TK.

FA: A.Penney & G.Bradbury, 1980

Start: The middle of the wall.

FA: A.Gordon, M.Law & R.Taylor, 1972

Start: 2m left of S.

FA: M.Law, 1979

Start: 2.5m left again.

FA: R.Young & A.Prehn, 1980

Start: 4m left of GA.

FA: A.Penney & J.Smoothy, 1978

Start: Chimney with block, cave and roof. 3 Pitches.

FA: R.Smith & D.Moss, 1965

Start: 10m left of TFH.

  1. (14m). Mantle and squeeze behind the tree to crack/flake. Up ramp to ledge.

  2. (23m). Either up layback flake (as in Blue Mountains guidebook; not a grade 12 move), or traverse right and mantle onto ledge (also not a grade 12 move, but easier than the flake). Up, then traverse right along ledge.

  3. (13m). Scramble up.

FA: A.Campbell, B.Osbourne & T.Tierney, 1966

Straight up from WYL initials. Step right into Masochist corner for a few moves then left onto face and up headwall to lower offs . Watch rope length. (Alternately just climb the thing on trad as a variant to Masochist as was the custom 30 years ago, recently revived by Macca)

Start from the massive initials and left along ledge and up past bolt to fist-sized cam break (ignore old bolt in scoop on left). Up easier ground past good runners to big ledge. Poor sling then big cams on lip and fixed hanger. Pull lip, good sling runners, then left up wall past 2 bolts, more slings another 5m then easiest to move left to Merlot Madness rings,

FA: Harry Luxford, 1966

Harder and better than it looks. Start left of WYL at "CH" initials. Straight up wall with carrots and small/medium cams to DRBB.

FA: B Cameron & H Luxford, 2008

Start 7m left of WYL, just left of 'CH' initials. Traverse left about 4 m and up past 3 bolts (last on ledge) then overhang and straight to top. Double bolt lower off at 28m as for Merlot Madness. NOTE the photos of Chicken Hearted on this page are actually of Merlot Madness (which goes straight up)

FA: H Luxford & B Osbourne, 1966

1 8 12m
2 8 24m

1m left of Gog.

An easy classic. Take wide gear for the top pitch.

  1. 12m (8) Up chimney 1m left of Gog to bushy ledge. Fun climbing with good pro.

  2. 24m (8) Corner then wall and ramp on right. Alternatively, finish as for Cider in bottleneck chimney above.

FA: J Ewbank & E Saxby., 1964

Good but take care!

Start: 2.5m L of C&W

  1. 15m (19) 'Steep' orange wall to ledge under roof

  2. 25m (17) Directly up through roof and up wall above

FA: G Dowden & R Taylor, 1982


Start: Start as for Maranatha

  1. 15m (19) As for M for 8m then left up slab to ledge

  2. 25m (16) Diagonally up ramp to wall & up

FA: B Zemek & W Davenport, 1971

Better than it looks!

Start: 15m left of 'Corinthian', marked with evident ‘A’ with a faded ‘BV’ above it.

  1. 21m (13) Through choss, over bulge & up slab to ledge.

  2. 15m (13) Left & up wall to cave, bush anchors on left

  3. 13m (13) Up corner to tree belay. Use slings as ropes are ring barking.

Exit: From tree head up faint trail to meet access path which leads to decent gully.

FA: J Pickard & T Tierney, 1966

Exposed but retro'd. 50m rope ok if belayer is on block as base

FA: M Law & A Penney, 1979

Start at 'S' (for the Spartan)

  1. 21m (21) Up right hand corner and up left into corner

  2. 24m (21) Right to cave, hard move to arete and up

  3. 12m (-) Up off ledge to obvious topout

FA: J Ewbank & R Reynolds, 1967

1 14 16m
2 16 24m
3 14 10m

Classic roof traverse above great space

Start: Right hand corner/offwidth, as for A

  1. 16m (14) Thrutch up chossy corner then up and left to belay at bottom of offwidth. Trad and manky carrot belay.

  2. 24m (16) What you're here for. Up offwidth in left corner, carrot at top then traverse into space. Watch your helmet at the squeeze. Up at chimney, belay there on gear or at two carrots on ledge outside.

  3. 10m (14) Up and crank over side of offwidth, tree belay

FA: John Ewbank (Second freaked)

Hostile, good second pitch

Start: At yellow crack on opposite wall to Spartan (8m L)

  1. 25m (19) Up easy but soft yellow cracks, out left & diagonally up to ledge with bolt anchors

  2. 25m (18) Hand traverse left to scoop & up

FA: M Law & R McGregor, 1977

As for the Plunge but traverse right and up through roof

FA: Ivalenta/ G Child?

Interesting and varied wall climbing. Start on arete left of a rotten groove (original route) beneath a big, black wall. 70m rope is fine for lower-off. Loose bolts have been replaced (2020).

FA: M Law & G Child, 1980

1 13 15m
2 19 15m
  1. 15m, 13. Bolts right of Valhalla.

  2. 15m, 19. Bolts up right side of arete. Lower offs on both belays.

  3. Finish up "Vinyl Idyl" if you must.

FA: Ivan & Bob

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