Below the stairs

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 4




Follow the track to the cement stairs then drop in just before them


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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Just 5-10, right of the cement stairs, on the way towards the 'Space Mushroom'.

Stand start with high right pinch up gritty slopers. A much harder sit start may go.

FA: Brendan Heywood, 4 Sep 2021

Directly 4m is an easy low problem which can be under water at the 0.2 level. Start jammed low, then jug and up

FA: Brendan Heywood, carol lee & Ben Vincent, 25 Sep 2021

Only possibly when the water is fairly low. As you walk along the walking track when you hit the first set of a dozen cement steps, drop down into the creek.

Sit start on ok holds, then traverse left along the holds on the rim without going up to the lip and around.

FA: Brendan Heywood, 24 Oct 2019


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