Bonsai Boulder

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 7




Boulder on the crest of the ridge.

Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

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


2mins southeast of carpark. 50m north of Mad World Boulder, 100m northeast of Quickdraw.

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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Sit start beneath pockets in horizontal break, traverse L on slopers & small feet. Up flarred crack to top. A slopey, crystally adventure.

FA: Ben Vincent, 13 Jun

Sit start on obvious L-hand layback feature, R-hand arete & small feet. Up to slopers & finish as for PS.

FA: Ben Vincent, 13 Jun

Sit start using R-hand edge & L-hand arete. Up to Bonsai jug (mind the namesake) & through to funky crystal feature & into PS crack to top.

FA: Ben Vincent, 13 Jun

Start as for CB. Pull through & mantle, shuffle L & naviagte the top-out where the two boulders meet.

FA: Ben Vincent, 13 Jun

Sit start as for PS but instead of topping out continue traversing L through funky crystal feature & down into bonsai jug. Continue L & finish as for BBH.

FA: Ben Vincent, 13 Jun

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