Ashes to Ashes Area




NOTE: As of January 2021, all areas of Mount York (including camping) are now open!

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 Mount York

Many and varied, please try to respect them all!

Retro-bolting has occurred several times over the years and is generally condemned and dealt with swiftly.


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Start: 17m right of the gully. Lefthand route.

FA: A.Farquar, 1996

Stick clip. Often has birds nesting in the big break on the right, particularly in spring. Have a look, and stay off if you see signs of a nest.

FA: R.Young & A.Prehn, 1985

Start: Righthand route.

FA: A.Farquar, 1996

Corner to roof, under this and up slab.

Start: Low angled corner to roofs.

FA: J.Bishop, J.Aalders & S.van der Sluys, 1974

The easiest route in the guide!

Start: Right of 'Venturi'.

FA: B.Ratter & C.Peisker, 1974

Corner 3m right of 'Peeceezy'. Corner to ledge then steep section onto slab. Up to belay on ring-bolt for Cinders at roof level.

FA: W Williams, K Melville & S Parker, 2009

Start: Above Peeceezy. Traverse the roof to the left. Backjump to clean.

FA: M.Brooks, 2002

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