The Schoolgirl Boulder

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 23




Above the Thick as Thieves wall is a large boulder. This is the Schoolgirl Boulder. There are also a few nice squeezes through and under the boulder. Routes described from left to right.

Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Gara gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and access is open:

Ethic inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Basically, the climbers of Armidale are a pretty laid back, free thinking group and as long as you don’t go out of your way to put people’s noses out of joint you’ll be amazed at how helpful they can be. The quickest way to piss people off is by ripping off projects. There are a few devoted locals making an effort and putting up quality new climbs. A lot of time, hard work and even money goes into their endeavours (cracks can be projects too) and there is too much unclimbed rock around to justify destroying someone else’s motivation. Any routes marked as such or not in the guide should be left alone. The simple courtesy of asking first may save you from being stripped naked and being staked out for the crows to pick your eyes out. If putting up new routes is your thing then please feel free. The only request is that you avoid placing hangers or conspicuous bolts around the Gara Boulders as we are already viewed as an environmental menace by the NPWS - bolting in National Parks is actually illegal.

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Originally a project but unknowingly stolen by an unknown, nefarious Brisbanite. Start: The left wall of the dihedral Directly up the wall past three bolts.

FA: Some Bloke, 1997

The corner crack 2m right of SW. Stem and Jamb up the corner. Belay on top of block in cracks.

FA: Toby Waters & Jeff Gracie, 1986

The arete right of S.W. Delicately up the left side of the arête past two bolts and a #2 Friend. Friend Belay.

FA: T. Hill & Scott Clelland, 1995

Pleasant and technical for the grade. Start: Right of FHA.

Up the wall past two bolts and some pro. to belay in breaks at top.

FA: J. Gracie & Gordon Low, 1995

The wall on the boulder. Up the wall and hand crack to top.

FA: M. Peck & P. Colyvan, 1982

3m right of Good Morning Little School Girl. Supposedly better than it looks. Up staircase to ledge, hand-traverse left to hand-crack to top.

FA: P. Colyvan & M. Peck, 1982

About 5m right of IGS facing downstream, no details known. Hardish looking arete with one high rusty hanger. Probably needs another bolt. Probably some ancient project.

Walk east, around the contour for 20m there is a small bouldering cave with one problem.

Start on juggy block to the right of the crack, move into aggressive hand / finger jam through roof to a tricky lip encounter and high top out. No earthworks needed, do not be tempted.

FFA: Alan Ezzy, 19 May 2013

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