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Umpakata Iwara

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 6
  • Aka: Airport

Summary

Prominent outcrops on the southern side of the Pukatja airport. Couple of nice cracks, couple of easy slabs, plenty of loose rock.

Access issues

Permits are required for access to the APY Lands. Respect the community and traditional owners. Get permission before climbing.

Approach

Roughly 5km from Pukatja. Drive out towards Yunyarinyi and take the road towards Umpakata. Stop at the base of the outcrop, short hike to the cliff base.

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Routes

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The beautiful crack straight up the cliff face. Bridge the start and watch the flakey holds down low. When you get to the number one crack- just jam it!

FA: Oska, 28 Aug

Crimpy slab, tricky balance, trust. Stick to the left of the Number 1 Crack, probably more solid than it seems, but definitely some sketchy holds around so take care and climb selectively. Could protect with gear in the Number 1 Crack.

FA: Oska, 28 Aug

Start as for Utju Kutju, but tend right using the arete and crack to the obvious stand below the roof. This is where the fun begins. Use the off width or lay-back against the roof, thin/no feet, watch for loose rock; traversing to the left. Body Jam for a rest as you round the corner and work up the edge.

FA: Oska, 17 Oct

Steep fractured crack up to the roof. Start 3m right of the Number 1 Crack. Fun moves to get to the top, good variation and exposed finish.

FA: Oska, 29 Aug

Up the slab, keep right of the crack to the first ledge the left of the crack the rest of the way. Watch out for loose rock.

FA: Oska, 29 Aug

Up the arete 2m left of Little Kenmore. Continue above the spear-bush to the crack and up.

FA: Oska, 29 Aug

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