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Centurion Area

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 37
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Description

The cliff 40m R and uphill from 'Veni Vedi Vici Area'.

Access issues inherited from Falcons Lookout

The google map pin does not lead to the correct place since the new roads have been built, you need to park at the Ironbark Gorge Track Carpark. Google map link: https://tinyurl.com/rpcyq8r

Approach

From the top of Golgotha, walk left (if looking out of the cliff) along the cliff edge for 60-80m, until the cliff bends left. Look for a semi-detached pillar, slightly lower than the main cliff. There is an almost dead tree on the main cliff near the top of the pillar. The pillar has three ring bolts for rappel access, or it is easy to walk around the main cliff another 50m to get down. The chimney behind the pillar (between Desert Of Conflict and Roman Holiday) is also described in the Southwest Victoria guidebook as a "descent chimney/gulley", but this is not recommended. Beware, the ground beneath the climbs in this area is loose scree.

Ethic inherited from Werribee Gorge

Visitors are encouraged to use this area responsibly and to adopt safe practices during all climbing and aseiling activities. The use of safety equipment, including helmets, is recommended.

Please keep to the tracks, observe access agreements, remove all rubbish, and climb safely.

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The major crack on the left side of the semi-detached pillar (if facing the rock). Up crack to join L-facing corner, easily through blocky ledges at 3/4 height, then rejoin and finish up corner crack.

FA: Keith Lockwood & Ian Ross, 1971

The arête up R of 'Centurion'. Starts around the other side of the pillar from Centurion, 1m left of the big chimney. Poorly protected.

FA: Glenn Tempest, Philip Armstrong & Andrew Martin, 1978

The corner crack to the right of the major chimney.

FA: Philip Armstrong & Jerry Madox, 1978

The crack R of 'Roman Holiday'.

Start as for 'Purist Oasis' then L and up.

FA: Russell Crow (top-rope), 1986

The crack up the L-facing corner, above the small, ground-level cave.

FA: Glenn Tempest, Philip Armstrong & Andrew Martin, 1978

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