The Grandstand

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 82




South facing bulging buttress. There are rap anchors on top, or you can scramble around

Access issues inherited from Sutherland

For over 50 years climbers in the Sutherland Shire have enjoyed free access to many fantastic crags and caves. But as of 2014 there have been access problems emerging at several climbing and bouldering areas due to aboriginal art sites and shell middens in caves. Sutherland Shire Council and the Dept of Enviroment and Heritage have announced closures and sign-posted some of these aboriginal sites, with further closures and signs to be added during summer/autumn 2016/2017. Areas of particular problem are ground level overhangs with flat bases, the type of terrain popular at hard bouldering areas. Whilst the details are sorted out keep a low profile, clean up ALL rubbish (inc removing mattresses in bouldering caves) and avoid climbing at closed areas. In particular treat non-climbers you see at crags with the utmost respect as they could be rangers, archeologists, traditional owners or anyone else with a dim view of climbers and the ability to shut us out. Climbing in Royal National Park has been officially banned for many years - probably due mostly to the Wattamolla 'don't jump off rocks' cliff-diving-into-water ban. For more information about aboriginal sites and rockclimbing please read this link from Sutherland Council:

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Start right of the right hand arete in the gully. Likely overgrown

FA: C. Jeffs, 1992

The right arete. Mixed line to chain belay

FA: C.Jeffs, 1992

FA: Alan Smith, 1993

Up corner to chain belay. New ring bolt lower off. 2021

FA: David Barnes, 1991

Climb up between the two plates of rock. Start right of the first bolt. New u bolt lower offs 2021.

FA: David Barnes, 1992

Left arete starting above the rusty metal. Up the arete, trying to stay away from OOW. New stainless u bolt lower offs 2021.

FA: David Barnes, 1993

two meters left of DTE below the corner. Up the vegetated corner, then up the much better headwall

FA: M. Walters, 1992

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