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Access: Namadgi fire closure

Booroomba rocks and Orroral ridge (e.g., Legoland) were heavily impacted by the 27 Jan 2020 Orroral valley fire (and were already closed prior to this due to fire danger throughout Namadgi and ACT).

These areas are expected to re-open in late 2021 (as of mid-2020), pending major restorations to roads and walking tracks. Refer to Honeysuckle section of Namadgi recovery plan at environment.act.gov.au.

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Created 8 months ago - Edited 9 weeks ago

Summary

Tora Bora crag sits high on the hill on the western side of the road as you enter Orroral Valley. There is some info missing in the route details.

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Description

There are some boulders with a few established problems on the walk up the hill to the crag. These are undocumented to date.

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Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

If you have benefited from climbing infrastructure in NSW, please consider making a donation towards maintenance costs. The Sydney Rockclimbing Club Rebolting Fund finances the replacement of old bolts on existing climbs and the maintenance of other hardware such as fixed ropes and anchors. The SRC purchases hardware, such as bolts and glue, and distributes them to volunteer rebolters across the state of New South Wales. For more information, including donation details, visit https://sydneyrockies.org.au/rebolting/

Approach

From the cattle grid as you enter Namadgi National Park on the Orroral Valley road continue for 1.8kms. Parkon the left just off the road beside a gum tree. Half way up the hill can be seen three significant larger boulders; the boulder to the left has a smaller triangle-shaped boulder resting on top of it. Head straight up the hill to these boulders. It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk, the return walk being much faster.

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History

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Climbs in this area were put up by Justin Ryan, Nathan Wales and others from 2002-2005 - both before and a few after the fires

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Routes

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The first lower boulder reached contains two routes that share the same difficult start.

Stick-clip and batman to the first bolt. Proceed by following the left hand arête to double rings.

FA: Justin Ryan & Nathan Wales, 2002

As for HS: stick-clip and batman to the first bolt. Follow the right hand arête to share double rings with HS.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2000

30m directly uphill is a fire-affected central boulder. This has three fire-affected bolted routes, all in need of repair, and an access route at the back. Have a go on these only if you're game!

On the back of the central boulder is a single-bolt climb used to access the top, where there is an abseil chain.

Continue left past the central boulder for another 30m to two large boulders containing four routes. From R-L these are:

Reach high to the first bolt, follow the right hand side of the boulder straight up reaching a slab above, continue slightly left to double rings as for WFDVT.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2005

Up the left hand side of the boulder, traversing right at about half way to double rings.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2005

Up the left hand side of the boulder following the arête to chain.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2003

The only route on the left-hand boulder with the large boulder on top.

FA: Justin Ryan, 2002

From the fire-affected central boulder continue up and right for 100m to a large boulder on a large rock platform with two described routes (and a couple more with details unknown).

Straight up the centre of the boulder.

FA: Justin Ryan, 2002

Where Project 3 steepens traverse left to arête past two bolts to lower off rings.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2005

From the fire-affected central boulder continue straight uphill for 50m to a smaller boulder with a gum tree growing close to the arete, with one route.

Short route with 3 bolts following the left hand arête to chain.

FA: Nathan Wales, 2005

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