Rural Rocks

Access: Climbing restrictions may apply

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In a setting similar to Pastoral Buttress. It is 100 - 200m right of and slightly uphill from Pastoral Buttress.

Access issues inherited from Halls Gap Area

A low profile always helps to avoid too much attention from tourists and park rangers.

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

Ethic inherited from Halls Gap Area

Bolting, is considered illicit, along with the rest of the park and other National Parks within Victoria. Only alter routes after considerable consultation with first ascensionests and local climbers.



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Melon’s finest hour. The roof crack at the left end of the upper face.

FA: Chris Baxter, 1992

Varied climbing with a distinct crux. Take two #4 Friends. The off-width 2m right of Down Syndrome to ledge on the right. Up and left above ceiling finishing up the blunt arête.

FA: Chris Baxter, Sue Baxter, Maureen Gallagher & Geoff Little, 1992

Climb on second tier up. Climb crack to ledge, follow face up past 2 bolts, then sloping face, follow up face to top.

FA: Venus Kondos, Mikl Law & Peter Woolford, 1992

Shares the same crack start as Hobby Bolter, but traverse R after the crack to the thin crack. Nice moves, with the crux getting onto the top slab.

FA: Chris Baxter, 1988

The crack just right of the descent gully above lake. Follow this track until it (below Sue’s Climb). Tricky start, then crosses a creek in the bed of the gully easy climbing.

FA: Chris Baxter & David Gairns, 1988

On arete left of Another Roadside Attraction, and right of Glory Box, starting up the finger crack.

FA: Chris Baxter, Sue Baxter & David Gairns, 1988

Very good, sustained face climbing up the seam just right of Where The Girls Are. Up the wall 1m right of Where The Girls Are, move right at the break then up the seam.

FA: David Gairns & Chris Baxter, 1988

Mixed face climbing up past 3 bolts. starting behind the tree 2m right of Happy Aid. Sustained; run out between second and third bolts. (The first bolt is unnecessary.) Climb the wall and seam (bolt) to break. Then diagonally right to spike (sling). Then the wall past 2 bolts.

FA: Mikl Law & Venus Kondos, 1992

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