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Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

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Approach

Find Renown Rd in Baulkham Hills. On the North Side of the 'Big Dipper' turn into 'Ted Horwood Reserve' (Plenty of parking). In the back left corner of the carpark upon entrance follow the path leading in between two soccer fields. Keep walking straight, through the gap in the fences onto the bush trail that starts with a steep descent to the right. Follow the trail about 100 meters and the trenches will soon appear

History

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The Balkans is partly located in the Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills so it’s no wonder that its location was initially mistaken for "Balkan Hills", and the name has stuck. The Balkans was discovered in early 1999 by Tim O’Neill and Rob Saunders and the pair immediately set to work putting up problems (although a small area nearby, called the Swampland, was discovered some time earlier by Kevin van Tillburg and Rod Wills). With the help of Adam Griffiths and visiting US student, Matt Wilder, original activity was focussed on the eastern side of the valley at an area named the Frontline. Some other Sydney boulderers were enlisted, and Peter Balint, Jason Whitton and Angela Connolly began developing problems on the western side of the valley at an area named the Trenches. Activity varied between the western and eastern sides throughout the winter of ’99 with a third area called the Caves being developed along the way.

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AWOL cliff
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The Caves cliff
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Routes

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FA: Rob Saunders

Lunge from crimps to below overhanging boulder, then very gently pull the boulder onto your head!

FA: Zac Vertrees

Desperate rounded arete.

Start: Sit

FA: Rob Saunders

Confusing?

FA: Matti Puckridge

Up the diagonal line of pockets to an awkward mantle staying inbetween I3 and I4.

Start: Sit

FA: Adam Griffiths

FA: Rob Saunders

Start on same pocket as B4 but go right this time.

FA: Jason Whitton

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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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