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Description

The bluff above and between mosquito wall and thanksgiving wall.

Access issues inherited from Glasshouse Mountains

Most 'Glasshouse Mountains' climbing is within the Glass House Mountains National Park. Please respect the environment and other people's enjoyment of it. Access to climbing here is a privilege, not a right.

The 2019 Ngungun track expansion & fortification work is now complete, and the mountain is once again fully open.

Approach

Keep walking right past mosquito wall. track drops down from apron then traverses before rising to apron once again. You are there.

Descent notes

Up ridge trough bush to meet tourist track at right end of organ pipes.

Ethic inherited from Glasshouse Mountains

Modern climbers establishing new routes have taken great pains to ensure any new routes do not interfere with the historic routes established many decades ago.

Retro-bolting of existing routes is unacceptable!

New routes shall make use of traditional protection where available.

Routes

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Start is found by walking 50 m past mosquito wall. Track heads away from apron and when it ascends back up to rock apron walk left up tongue of vegetation to gain rock.

Quite the adventure was had on the first ascent. Ground up on sight, with a 10 meter slide on the descent by Tony Barten which was fielded by Hamish Ousby who then joined in untill the slide was arrested. (Note, descent is slippery in the rain.)

1 80m. 4 runners

Startup slab towards bushes. Break out left to avoid the bushy gully. Up steepening slab. Boldly looking for runners, at about 30 meters a runner appears. Continue straight up on crossly flakes and nonexistent foot smears for a bit. When all looks, bad remember the rule, climbers do not cry. Continue towards vegetated ledge, moving left at last instance, crossing water polished holds to gain vegetated ledge. Runners are noticeably lacking. Belay on nonexistent gear above vegetation.

2 30m

Move belay up to next island of vegetation. Easy climbing, no runners, no bolts, no belay, no fun.

3 55m.

Up the water polished slab moving left to bottom of crack. Gently up start of crack passing block balancing in bush. Try not to let it drop on your belayer on the imaginary belay below. The crack offers up a good runner above the block just as the the rock gets friable. A few jams, some lay backing, some edging gets you well above your runner and into the crux. Remember the rule, climbers do not cry! Struggle up the off widthy, chimney, thrutchy crack thing, for a bit until a handy chock stone presents itself which you can sling. Unfortunately, the top of said chock stone is just sitting there waiting to be dropped on the belayer on the imaginary belay. Remember Climbers DON’T CRY. Once past this continue up to second tree where a bomb proof runner was excavated from the dirt filled crack. You will see why you do not belay at first tree.

4 45m.

Up crack on the left with a good runner. Think its over. Ha! Move up slabs till able to place a runner. Now continue up the slab. It gets a bit thin, friable and that runner you thought was so good before now gets hard to see as it fades into the distance. Remember that rule from the previous pitches? Continue onwards. Soon the angle eases, the holds get better the climb ends. The runners still do not appear. To get off walk bush bash up ridge above till tourist track is gained.

It is actually quite good.

FFA: Hamish Ousby & tony barten, 20 Sep 2020

Start 20m right of Adventure Gardeners

Scramble up to right hand side of vegetated ledge, then scramble left to slab with lots of peeled flakes.

Named in honor of Mr Ousbys massive bruised buttocks obtained from a 8 meter fall on the first attempt at the route. Lovely purple blue and yellow. A fantastic effort by Hamish in establishing this route ground up on sight, placing bolts whilst hanging on for life. Destined to be a mega classic test route. Can be a bit run out in places.

1.55m Start is a very tenuous slab so it may be best to stick clip the first bolt.

Smear and edge up slab always trending slightly left. Passing 5 bolts to DB belay.

2 40m

Continue up and left of vegetation to steepening buttress above, move diagonally left past bolt then up crack and corner till able to step left to DB belay

3 55m

Climb right over crack to gain slab on steep buttress. Place a cam blindly in crack on left. Get your belayer to confirm that it is placed well.(this will let you know if you are good friends.) Up wards passing 4 bolts and gear till able to pull into cave at end of pitch. Room for 2 to bivy if your belayer proved there friendship earlier!

4 10m

Its all over. (Well sort of )

Out of cave hand traverse left for a few moves. Then up easily on loose shattered blocks.

Bush bash up hill till tourist track is met at right side of organ pipes then down the horror of the tourist track fielding questions all the way back to car

FA: Hamish Ousby & tony barten, 11 Oct 2020

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