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Pump Wall (Cambell's Rock)

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 7

Access: Climbing restrictions may apply

ACAV Note: Parks Victoria has advised that rock climbing restrictions may apply at certain locations. Formal advice has changed several times during 2019.

Please refer to the following link for PV's current advice:

https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians-national-park/plans-and-projects/rock-climbing-faq

For a list of crags in SPA areas see:

https://savegrampiansclimbing.org/the-ban/closed-areas/

See warning details and discuss

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Description

A substantial cliff with one major line amongst a sea of choss. Little further potential, but the existing 2 climb are worth a visit.

© (kieranl)

Access issues inherited from Victoria Range

"Please do not add any routes (old or new) to this database for the time being."

Eight areas in the Victoria Range have been closed to climbing by Parks Victoria (announced Feb 2019). It is not clear whether the closures take effect immediately or as of the beginning of March 2019.

Closed areas are: The Gallery, Gondwanaland, Millennium, Billywing Buttress, Billimina Area, Little Hands Cave, Cave of Man Hands and Manja Area.

Approach

GR 075545. Follow McCutcheons Road to Carlsens Road and follow this north where it soon morphss into 'Geerak Track'. About 3 kilometres north of McCutcheons Road is a junction with a track on the right (east). This track has a gate which may or may not be locked and a sign "Wannon Water Authorised Personnel Only". The crag is clearly visible so go for it. 2015 update: If you can drive in, there is a marked track (a bit hard to follow) that leads up to a well established camping cave just below the crag. The start is hard to find, but it's a few hundred metres before the pumping station turn-around at a small cairn. Or traverse across hill from pumping station.

© (kieranl)

Ethic inherited from Grampians

Grampians access issues have emerged due to potential damage to the environment and cultural sites. Climbers need to be aware that there are significant Aboriginal sites in the Grampians, especially in cave areas. Leave no trace and treat everything with care.

The following is a basic list of things climbers in the Grampians need to be aware of. For more detailed information visit https://www.cliffcare.org.au/education

Climber’s Code

Find out about and observe access restrictions and agreements.

Use existing access tracks to minimise erosion - don’t create rock cairns or leave marking tape.

Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife.

Vegetation, even on cliff faces, is protected. Wire brushing to remove mosses and 'gardening' in cracks and gullies is not permitted. Use slings to protect trees while belaying or abseiling if belay anchors are not provided.

Large groups can create problems of crowding and excessive damage around cliffs. If you plan to take a group of ten or more people climbing, you are required to register to ensure there is space.

Respect sites of geological, cultural, or other scientific interest. Don't climb near Aboriginal sites

Vehicles must stay on roads open to the public; off-road driving is illegal.

Do not leave any rubbish - take it home with you.

Keep campsites clean.

Avoid all risk of fire - do not light campfires outside of official campground metal fire pits.

Dispose of human waste in a sanitary manner (bury, or even better pack it out) Do not pollute water supplies.

Respect established climbing traditions in ethical matters such as the use of chalk, pitons, bolts etc.

Avoid indiscriminate or excessive use of fixed equipment.

Responsible climbing will protect cliffs and ensure continued rockclimbing

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Some content has been provided under license from: © Australian Climbing Association Queensland (Creative Commons, Attribution, Share-Alike 2.5 AU)

Routes

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Potentially a 'Grampians' classic taking the huge, right-facing sickle in the middle of the cliff.

  1. 50m (19) Climb the corner, occasionally on the right wall, to the roof. Now traverse right.

  2. 15m (-) Go up to the next roof and traverse left.

  3. 50m (-) Jugs.

FA: Chris Baxter & Hugh Foxcroft, 1983

A surprisingly good route on mostly clean diagonal line on the L wall (looking up) of the main descent gully. About halfway up - locate large left leading diagonal lines. Climb takes the thin face that leads into main diagonal. Obvious crack on the L could be an easier alternate to the somewhat desperate first pitch.

  1. 20m 21, Tricky start, 2m R of diagonal corner/crack. Climb into the line from the R, then straight up pumpy wall into the wide left leading crack.

  2. 25m 17, Nice pitch that is better and easier than appearances would suggest. Continues along the diagonal under roof, until easy wall leads to top. Easy scramble down the back.

FA: Goshen Watts & harold ramsey, 6 Mar 2015

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