Vulcanology area




Walk through the picnic area to the creek. Before the bridge is a metal walkway, just to the right is Vulcanology. Beyond this is another few boulders on the right before the creek.

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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Start on the very far right, along the great rail then up

FA: Benji Dutaillis, 4 Sep 2021

Delicate laybacking up the obvious feature to mantle top-out. Sit start around the same grade.

Up crimps and leaning arete left of Vulcanology, over pond after rain.

Another 10m towards the creek on your right is a short boulder.

A tiny steep face 5m from the bridge over the creek.

Left variant of Slappy slap

FA: Brendan Heywood & Benji Dutaillis, 4 Sep 2021

SDS low right hand, slap up right and mantle

FA: Brendan Heywood & Benji Dutaillis, 4 Sep 2021

About 15m downstream from Slap and Tickly and further away from the creek

Sit start on the undercling, up and left and mantle on decent crimp

FA: Brendan Heywood, 4 Sep 2021

A thin direct line straight up from the undercling

FA: Brendan Heywood, 4 Sep 2021

Sit start extension into ether of the right lines

FA: Benji Dutaillis, 4 Sep 2021

A fun

FA: Brendan Heywood, 4 Sep 2021

A variant that goes through the larger features out to the right

FA: Brendan Heywood, 4 Sep 2021


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