Silicified Boulder




The large silicified boulder close to the road and parking. Strangely silicified on one face

Access issues inherited from Geology Crag

Munghorn Gap National Park is home to some sensitive flora and fauna species. Please be mindful when cleaning or exploring new boulders and stay on the developing tracks where they exist (it'll be nicer for you too). Only clean areas of the boulder which require cleaning. There is no need to clean the entire boulder, only areas where holds are. Please avoid using wire brushes wherever possible so that the sandstone of the area is not damaged. Lichen in almost all cases can be removed easily with a stiff bristled brush like a grout brush with a follow up with a soft bristle brush or bouldering brush to remove loose material.
Rubbish and Litter
The area is currently very clean from litter but you may come across litter on the side of the road. There has also been past prospecting, blacksmithing, mining, travel and grazing in the area by early European settlers. Therefore its not unusual to come in contact with some old relics from these times. In most cases this will be old glass bottles, rusty food tins, metal or cans. These can be removed and disposed of presuming its not anything of obvious significance or importance. If you see rubbish, please remove it when you leave. It goes without saying to take all your rubbish with you.
Aboriginal Sites:
Munghorn Gap National Park still is and was an important location to Aboriginal people. Climbers should be cognisant and respectful of this by avoiding putting up routes/problems around identified Aboriginal Sites. Always perform a visual check of the rock first to ensure it doesn't contain any Aboriginal artwork. A search has been taken with the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System to ensure that sectors are not being developed near currently identified Aboriginal sites. Click Here for a map of the currently recorded closest Aboriginal sites (shown with a yellow dot) which are closest to the Crag. Please give these areas a wide birth when setting up or exploring for new sectors. A map of the current sectors of the Crag (as of Jan 2022) has been overlaid as a reference.
Fences & Private Property:
You may come across old fence wire or fence posts. If around the existing Crag, these are remnants from when areas were previously used for grazing. Please be aware that private property lies south just of the Crag and in the case of the south side of the Hillside sector, just over the road. Please refer to the Geology Crag Noteworthy Boundaries & Sites map and avoid these areas altogether. For the latest boundaries of the area, the NSW Spatial Information Exchange website is a great reference. You can also change the map layers on the crag to show the boundaries by selecting the OSM or Terrain (Esri) option.
Please be sensible with the amount of chalk that you use on the holds and try to only use as much as you need. Many of the boulders are exposed to the weather and the chalk tends to wash off almost completely in the next good rain. That being said, it's always good practice to give your holds a quick brush to clean any excess chalk before you leave a problem. Especially if its protected from the weather or if you wont be returning to it anytime soon.


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Sit start on two chunky side pulls move up to nice clean set of crimps and then traverse right around to arete. Finish matched on the large overhanging sloper block.

Sit start on bottom left of face on sidepull crimps and climb up and right into Mohs to finish as for that problem.

Emmanuel Madayag (FA)

FA: Emmanuel Madayag, 20 Jan 2022

Standstart on opposing vertical pinches in middle of face and move up easy compression before a difficult traverse up and right on the slippery slopers to finish up some hard moves to crimps and side pulls. Top out Take a grade off if you kneebar for the mantle

FA: Emmanuel Madayag, 30 Mar 2021

Sit start on crimps and up big/hard moves into the end of Mohs. Appropriate footholds yet to be discovered

Start as for Mohs but exiting halfway at the triangle jug to easy topout

FA: Shane Yates, 2022

Sit start on huge jug and up big moves on good ledges to finish matched on jug to the right just to the left of Sheer Terror. Top out optional but adds a lot of fun and not much difficulty. Probably climbed many times and with many variations but found with chalk on it in 2017

Up the scoop. Weirdly off balance and scary

FA: David Biggs

Mid height traverse from the left arete to the jugs on the far right of the boulder. Sharp holds

Stand start up cool moves on juggy pockets to a tough topout on juggy slopers. Make sure to thoroughly clean out the holes first

FA: David Biggs

Crouch start on broken left crimp and right hand crimp. Left into slot crimp and then up through slopers

Sit start on left broken crimp and right hand on terrible sloper. Hard deadpoint into start of crouch start

Emmanuel Madayag (FA)

Sit start to the right of Spherulite Sit and up cool slopers with a cool foot cam

Sit start to the left of Bootylicious, climbing into the same exit

Stand/crouch start on flat edge and include crimp. Move up through slopers to juggy slopers into slab with tufas. Very cool

Located on back of the Silicified Boulder. To the right of the downclimb.

FA: Shane Yates, 2022


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