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Access: Climbing in Kuring gai Chase National Park

The new plan of management has been released, providing potential to legitimise access to areas other than Barrenjoey. If you would like to get involved in a working party, please get in touch with president.nsw@ climb.org.au

Here’s what the new plan says: Rock climbing and abseiling will continue to be allowed at a designated site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at Barrenjoey Head. Applications for the authorisation of these activities at other suitable sites within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park may be considered where safety, visitor access, environmental, and cultural heritage assessments have demonstrated that the activity can be sustainably managed and will not impact significantly on park values.

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Summary

A quaint bushwalk which results in a grand view of the Hawkesbury River and a crag offering some unique problems. Well worth the bush walk in!

Description

A small crag with a great view. The rock here is well weathered and sports no choss. Some of the problems here are quite 'challenging' but that's the name of the game.

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Access issues

At the end of the Challenger Track scramble your way down to the base of the crag. Access along the base is slightly overgrown but your crash pad will sort that out soon enough.

Approach

Pay the $12 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park entry fee then drive toward West Head avoiding the cyclists. Stop at the the Challenger Track on the left, about 400m before the Basin Trail on the right, and 3.5km before West Head.

Walk about 1.3km to the lookout at the end of the track, with a huge view up the Hawkesbury River to Brooklyn.

Ethic inherited from Ku-ring-gai Chase

ACANSW is working to reopen suitable areas in the National Park. If you want to be on the working party - established March 2024, please get in touch.

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Author(s): Neil Monteith & Simon Carter

Date: 2021

ISBN: 9780645299908

Featuring 1142 climbing routes located at 24 of the best crags in the Sydney area, this A5 size guide book is super user friendly with easy to use colour cliff topos and access maps. Covers sport and trad climbing at a variety of grades, something for everyone.

Author(s): Mike Forward and Peter Balint

Date: 2023

With 2065 bouldering problems ranging from V0-V15 across 57 areas nestled around Sydney, the all new Sydney Bouldering Guide will keep you occupied for years to come. Just because we live in Sydney we'll try not to be biased but honestly this city has some amazing bouldering and usually not more than a few minutes off the road or some even near parks and train stations. There's no need to camp out and trek for hours to get to world class problems, they're right on your door step.

Authors Mike Forward and Peter Balint spent over 7 years putting this guide together and is the first new bouldering guide for Sydney in over 20 years. It's over 350 colour pages including 600+ colour photo tops, crag tops, amazing images and more.

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