The Bluffs are perhaps the largest, most prominant features at Arapiles. They are a series of buttresses that extend out from the back of the Mount forming the right wall of the Central Gully. Bluff Major is the largest and furthest back of these, followed by Bluff Minor which sits in front. Several smaller formations are also encompassed in this area, including John's Pinnacle, Bard Buttress, Fang Buttress, and the Plaque Area (the last three of these being listed separately).
Approaches vary depending on what part of the formations you are going towards, but the vast majority are approached via the Ali's scrambling route... this passage is on the north side of the Bluffs facing the campground. One can also pass through the bluffs via Ali Baba's Cave, a tunnel through the formation. On the other side is a long ledge system called Flinder's Lane. Many high quality routes begin from here, which is just on top of the Tiger Wall. Descent from the top of the Bluffs is via rappel. Ali's can be reversed to reach terra firma.
Browse More Classics in The Bluffs
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bluffs:
Missing Link 5.9+ PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Scorpion 5.9+ Trad, 80 feet
Thunder Crack 5.10c Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Scorpion Corner 5.11b Trad, 80 feet
Despatched 5.12a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Featured Route For The Bluffs