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Zap Crag 🚫

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Summary

This crag is on private property and has been temporarily closed by the owners partly due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Description

The crag gets sun from about 11am, but unfortunately is not protected from the wind, it can really blow through here.

PLEASE NOTE: This crag is on Private Property - behave accordingly to preserve access. Read access notes for details.

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Access issues

This crag is private property - no camping (including vans in carpark), no fires, no dogs and don't drive down dirt road to edge of cliff or block substation access.

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Approach

From the traffic lights in the middle of Mt 'Victoria', follow the Great Western 'Highway' 1km northwest towards Lithgow, then turn right at the petrol station into Mt. York Rd. From here it's 2.1km to the parking, which is easily identified because it's directly beneath the huge high voltage power lines, on the left (west) side of the road.

Park in the cleared area just off the road, near the Sub-station. DONT BLOCK THE ACCESS ROAD (the road heading west beneath the power lines), and don't drive down it to save walking (it's only ~100m!). Also don't block access to the sub-station itself. From the cars walk west along the access road under the powerlines.

For Upper and Lower Zap, when you get to a small clearing on the left (about 120m from the carpark), turn left (south) and follow the cairns around and down to the crag. The first area is Upper Zap. There are fixed ropes leading down to the Lower area.

For the Fuse Box, don't turn left at the clearing, instead keep walking along the access road for another 30m, until it ends about 30m back from the clifftops. Here, find some cairns which lead right (north) and down into a gully.

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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.

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 https://sydneyrockies.org.au/rebolting/

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.

Some content has been provided under license from: © Australian Climbing Association Queensland (Creative Commons, Attribution, Share-Alike 2.5 AU)

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Closed The Fuse Box crag
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67
14m
Closed Upper Zap crag
16
823
20m
Closed Buzz Area crag
6
160
21m

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