At the bottom of where Powers creek kinks and goes down a 30m cascade is a few great cave problems. Some tape and a few small wires and cams to hold all the pads in place works well.


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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The wild roof on the right side of the still pond

Start on the lower rail on the left side, up and around the corner over the water

FA: Brendan Heywood, 27 Jun

Instant classic! Start at the far right, traverse on some of the best roof holds gara has on offer and then finish same as 'Powers Witch'

FA: Brendan Heywood, 27 Jun

One move, start left pinch on the arete, right hand on the sloper, then pull on and up. A line link from the lower rail through this is the obvious mega project.

The smaller roof on the left of the pond

Easy moves to roof mantle


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