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The Goat Track

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 21

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Summary

Boulders in a beautiful and steep creek adjacent to a national park.

Description

A collection of boulders situated in a beautiful and steep creek. Beware of slippery rock. About 200m downstream of the parking at the Goat Track the area concludes in an all but impassable Waterfall. Take care and watch for snakes.

Access issues

The creek itself is public land but the adjacent land is private. Don't go off the creek to bypass any obstacles!

Inaccessible in pretty much any amount of rain, flash floods happen here often.

Approach

Park in one of the few carparks near the junction of Mt Nebo Road and the goat track (goat track is a one way ascent suitable for 2wd). From here you have two options. Option 1 is to enter the creek just downstream of the Goat Track crossing and make your way down the creek. Beware that in the first 100m of creek (without tree cover) the slab seeps water even in dry conditions (and is covered in hard to see lichen). Falls are common. Alternatively walk a short distance down the Goat Track before scrambling down the very steep dirt embankment. Again falls are likely. Take care in either option.

Ethic

While this area does not appear to be national park, the adjacent land on the Northern side of the Goat Track is and this creek has high amenity and ecological values akin to national park. Treat it with the utmost of care. All the usual ethics apply. Leave as little trace as possible.

History

History timeline chart

The history of the area is unclear at this stage. Here is what is known as of 19 August 2021.

There is some indication that the area was found (but not climbed) by trad climbers Anthony Dignan and David Kahler as early as February 1990.

Jack Mullaly was first shown the site by Joel Nelson (both biketrials riders) circa 2011 to 2014. Both rode in the area several times in these years. At this time Jack was in the habit of scouring climbing websites to find rocks for potential riding locations and remembers seeing the Goat Track area listed on an unknown (and presumably long gone) website at around this time. His memory is that there were climbs listed on what is now known as "The Slipperiest of Slabs" but little or nothing listed further down the creek. This suggests but doesn't prove that the site had encountered little development at this time.

Albert Tate located the site on 31 December 2020 and in January 2021 he established several routes, including those on the boulders currently known as "Previously climbed 1" "Previously climbed 2" and 'Previously climbed 3'. He also explored the creek in some detail. At this stage however the area remained unlisted on The Crag.

On 13 August 2021 Jack Mullaly (now bouldering regularly) revisited the site to scope it's climbing potential heading downstream as far as the first waterfall. He added the area to The Crag, including 16 problems and various topos.

On 19 August 2021 Albert Tate contacted Jack Mullaly to provide additional history about the area. Albert added several problems to the area.

This is where this history stands at present, being an amalgam of Albert and Jack's knowledge of the site.

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