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Summary

Single pitch sport climbing on bulging orange rock. A great collection of mid 20 routes and some easier bits on each end. Good in the afternoon in summer if there’s wind. Especially a southerly.

Description

This east facing cliffline has some great quality rock and nice easy access. All the bolts are top quality. Almost the entire crag is overhung, with bulges and roofs offering a good pump and reasonable weather protection. The cliff is in the sun until midday and sections do seep for a few days after heavy rain, but there’s still plenty of things to climb. The base of the cliff is very kid friendly, being flat and no no nasty dropoffs like The Junkyard. There is fantastic swimming in the Georges River about 100m below the crag. What's with the name GFC? It has something to do with goats and fornication.

Access issues

The locals above the cliff seem friendly, but keep a low profile and don't park across the gate. Don't leave anything valuable in the car. The area is a lot more affluent than The Junkyard and the cliff itself was free of graffiti and bongs when first discovered.

Approach

Park at the end of Hansens Road (#83) in the suburb of Minto Heights at locked gate. Walk through the gate and take right turn (tree marked with pink tape) into clearing almost immediately. Follow the line of rock cairns and trees with pink tape down a small gully, cross the creek (sometimes dry) and up the other side. Keep following the rock cairns and pink tape towards the left. Go straight ahead when you are near the top for an exposed rope (ropes back on! May 2020) and rungs descent to Westy Wall. The rope is situated next to two trees marked with pink tape. Or walk north along clifftop for a hundred meres for the easier descent down the north end. It's no more than a 10 minute easy walk.

Where to stay

No nearby camping options exist. Day trips only. It’s a fairy quick drive from Sydney.

Ethic

Another Sydney ethics free crag. It's sport climbing on ringbolts.

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Another Matt Brooks discovered crag on the Georges river in SW Sydney.

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