Dogs, Cats & Apples Wall




The first wall on the right as you break into the sunlight. The routes from 'So, Said the King through to Aniseed Arete' are on a ledge above the track the others start on track level.

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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The crack and slab at the left end on the wall. Finishes at lower-off under roof - a 60m rope gets you on the ground with stretch (put a knot at the end please).

FA: L.Nordick, 1991

Starts on the path below the Dogs, Cats and Apples ledge and finishes up SStK.

FA: Greg Childs

Start: Left hand route off the ledge.

FA: Mitch Warren

Keep off 'Nylon Happy' to earn the grade and another star.

FA: Claw

Rebolted 2004. '23' in the 2015 Blue Mountains Guidebook. Rest assured that it is indeed 22.

Start: Under the crack/seam in the middle of the wall.

A big flake broke right under the 4th bolt, at the bottom of the top-right going little roof. Be careful about the hollow flake and jugs on the route.

FA: J. Smoothy, M. Stacey & M. Radke, 1988

Great, reasonably committing slabbing. Starts up the same crack feature as Nylon Happy but steps right almost immediately. Up past rooflet to interesting face above. Take care getting to the second bolt.

Rebolted 2004

FA: M. Baker, 1991

Classic at the grade. Great funky moves on good rock up the slab to awesome conclusion on fairly unique scoops.

Rebolted 2004

FA: M. Baker, 1991

FA: Mike Law

This is basically a retrobolt of dragons egg

FA: M.Warren, 2003

Has been retro-bolted with ring bolts and has a new finish out to the left after rooflet.

Start: 3m right of Ness is Best, by the tree.

FA: M Radke J Cooksey, 1988

Rebolted 2004

FA: J.Smoothy, 1995

A good way to ease into this little wall. Has a couple of extra bolts so no longer run out.

FA: Vanessa Peterson, 2003

First climb up the wall on gear before it got plastered with bolts. Start in small corner

  1. 15m Up corner, pull onto juggy wall and climb to niche formed by flake below small overhang.

  2. 35m Traverse right to a break in overhang, up for a few moves, then up and left to a groove and follow to a large ledge. Thread and tree belay.

  3. 25m Move 3m right then up a large bushy ledge - tree belay.

FA: R.Lassman & K.Bell, 1972

Climb next to Powerbra Rangers.

1m right of Honeycomb, bolt at start for belayer,start off ledge and follow bolts to roof, pull around roof to DBB.

FA: V Peterson, 2010

Scramble along ledge to BRs

  1. 80m (20) Up through over hang and jughaul to belay ledge.

  2. -m (-) Wander about through easy territory past BRs on the left side of arete to belay.

  3. -m (-) Walk of to 'Woodpecker Wall'.

FA: G.Short & P.Mort, 1997

Finishes up the black arete that can be seen from the walking track on the way down. The climb is probably now lost in a sea of bolts.

Starts on detached block 6m right of Honeycomb.

  1. 11m Up flake to ledge. Traverse 6m right to belay.

  2. 35m Traverse 3m to large block, climb bulge above trending right on four points of aid (since eliminated by others?). Up wall above on good jugs rightwards towards a good ledge - belay to the right.

  3. 42m Move right and up to small corner level with big cave on arete. Climb bulge and move right to arete. Airily up the Arete to top.

FA: K. Bell & R. Lassman, 1972


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