Above the private sector

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 55




Just the area 20-30m above the waterfall that drops into the 'Private Sector'. Great quality water worn rock.

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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Two quality problems but needs a quite low water level

A punchy number on a tufa like feature. Over some shallow water so needs some rocks or logs under the pads.

FA: Brendan Heywood, 31 Oct 2018

Same start, dyno up right

FA: Brendan Heywood, 29 Nov 2018

East facing face on the north side of the creek as it bends

A little alley formed under a massive boulder with fun handful of problems

Sit start on finger crack deep in the dark. Then try to figure out which elbow goes where and how to simultaneously push while pulling and keep your core tense while also being relaxed. Impossible to grade, but worthwhile entertainment If you can't physically fit, a no hands bat hang finish is a worthy substitute.

So tantalizing, great features up high but almost nothing lower down ... possibly start spanned out from the top of 'Remembrance'.

From the top of Remembrance, bridge out and up the rail. Fun and easy, but highball with a bad landing.

Lie down start then up through chock stones. If you don't want to 'struggle' up the crack then bail right early

FA: Ben Vincent, 6 Dec 2018

A nice slopey crimps through a bulgy mantle

FA: Brendan Heywood, 11 Nov 2018

A fun unique V shaped mantle problem

FA: Nathan H., 11 Nov 2018

Start right on the end (possibly over water) and slap all the way into Remembrance

Another 10-15m downstream from Remembrance Blocks and easiest approach is from there over the top.

Balancy slab problem. Spend an age eyeing up potential holds from beside the climb before being peer pressured into actually getting on it. Tiny crimpers get you established and some little gem crimper slots get you the escape. Mint.

FA: Ben Vincent, 31 May 2020

Sit start with feet on the chock stone, up great crack. Don't fall.

FA: Nathan H., 11 Nov 2018

Start on low fist jams, somehow pull on and wrestle your way to off width victory.

FA: Brendan Heywood, 11 Nov 2018

Start on arete and chockstone, up thin crimps. Chockstone can be eliminated


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