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Ballbag Amphitheatre Guide

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 6

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Contributors

Thanks to the following people who have contributed to this crag guide:

alex Bill Begg Andrew Chen Phil Agius

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Table of contents

1. Ballbag Amphitheatre 5 routes in Sector

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Seasonality

All Sport climbing

Lat / Long: -37.228901, 142.269197

description

After the main cliff breaks down, it redeems itself further on, with four excellent routes on fantastic rock. The hermits cave is at it's far end.

access issues

ACAV Note: Parks Victoria has advised that rock climbing restrictions may apply at this location. Formal advice has changed several times during 2019. Please refer to the following link for current and detailed advice: https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians-national-park/plans-and-projects/rock-climbing-faq

Do NOT approach any of the crags in this area across the paddocks from Red Rock Road. The land has recently changed hands and the farmer does not want people crossing the property. Follow the tracks just outside the southern or northern boundaries of the farmland until able to move around the farmland to the area you are going. Please adhere to this to keep open the possibility of negotiated access.

inherited from Red Rock Area

approach

Scramble down and around for about 50m from the main cliff.

ethic

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

inherited from Grampians
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Window in the Sky

Start in the big cave below the window and climb the arete to the ledge. Step gently over the window then blast up the black groove to the anchors. Remarkably steep for the grade.

FA: Bill Begg, Brett Dodemaide & Alex Trnovsky, Apr 2016

16 Sport 5
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
2 afflicted by the curse

Start underneath the right end of the ledge (to the right of the main sandy cave). Climb up past a bolt, potter carefully left along the ledge, and then blast straight up past 4 more bolts to the anchors, enjoying the jugs while they last…

FA: Alex Trnovsky & Bill begg, 2015

21 Sport 5
3 The big honey hunt

Start in the same spot. Once on the ledge continue straight up the juggy groove before launching up the orange wall to shared anchors.

FA: Alex Trnovsky & Bill Begg, 2015

23 Sport 5
4 Deer hunting for Jesus

Start up the same juggy groove, but after the second bolt bust out rightwards past a third to the anchors above the ledge.

FA: Bill Begg & Alex Trnovsky, 2015

18 Sport 3
5 Guys lesbo lickfest fantasy line

Tough start (especially for shorties) leads to sustained climbing past 3 bolts to ledge and shared anchors.

FA: Guy Abell & Alex Trnovsky, 2015

20 Sport 3

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Pop
16 Window in the Sky Sport 5
18 Deer hunting for Jesus Sport 3
20 Guys lesbo lickfest fantasy line Sport 3
21 afflicted by the curse Sport 5
23 The big honey hunt Sport 5
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