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One of several awesome climbing areas in Australia. Ancient sandstone cliffs, carved into fantastic shapes from aeons of wear. You can practically still hear the Aboriginal didgeridoos. (Name are not painted at the bottom of climbs)The Blue Mountains is Australia's premier sport climbing location. The climbing mostly consists of single pitch sport but there is also a reasonable amount of trad and multi-pitch climbing. The climbing mainly consists of face climbing on crimps. The routes are usually slightly overhung however there are climbs on slabs and steep overhangs. Being powerful is definitely an advantage in this place as the routes usually consist of boulder problem to a rest, repeat. However as there are over 5000 routes here, there are routes of all styles.The Blue Mountains are unique in the fact that you drive to the top of the cliffs then walk down. The climbing is mostly in a National Park and is situated up on a plateau 1000m above sea level. This allows for climbing most of the year, it gets hot in summer and cold in winter, as you can usually find an area protected from the elements. So the best seasons are Spring and Autumn. March - May and August - November.The crags are usually perched at the top of a large valley, providing amazing views and plenty of exposure. A guidebook is essential as some crags are hard to find and/or are on private property which requires you to follow specific directions in regards to access and use. The best guidebook for sport climbing is 'Best of the Blue' and can be found here: onsight.com.au/2018/11/best… are three town that are situated in the main climbing area, Katoomba, Blackheath and Mt Victoria, which provide accommodation, entertainment and supplies for the visiting climber.

Getting There

The Blue Mountains climbing areas start about 1.5 hours drive west along the Great Western Highway. The towns in this area where most of the climbing is found are Katoomba, Blackheath and Mt Victoria. You can get here by driving or catching a train straight form Sydney.

Need to Know

The flies are SO BAD that it's a hazard. If you're stuck on belay you need a third arm (or fourth, or fifth) to keep the flies from driving you mad. Even true local Aussie climbers have said that they've never gotten used to the flies, so if someone tells you that you will, they're lying. The don't bite, thank goodness--that's for the mosquitoes--but they do crawl all over your face, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, etc. Bug spray does NOT work, either. Good luck, kids.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Blue Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sweet Dreams
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Eternity
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sweet Dreams Sublime Point
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 5 pitches
The Eternity Mt Piddington > Sector 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
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Converting from the Australian grading system to the Yosemite grading system can be found on the net but diffrerent sources often vary slightly. The conversion table from the most recently published guide book for the Blue Mtns. area is as follows:
14 : 5.7
15 : 5.8
16 : 5.9-
17 : 5.9
18 : 5.9+
19 : 5.10a/b
20 : 5.10c
21 : 5.10d
22 : 5.11a/b
23 : 5.11c
24 : 5.11d
25 : 5.12 Jan 15, 2008
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and the New River but bigger, taller, and better. Apr 17, 2008
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and better. Jan 7, 2009
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
I found the rock here to be remarkably similar to the Red River's Corbin Sandstone. After spending 1990-1995 mostly in the Red, with some visits after that, I took a trip to Australia to visit a pal for a few weeks over Xmas/Newyears in 1996/97. People had warned me about the nature of the rock in the Blue Mountains, and how it would be different that what I was used to...
But being from the Red, I felt right at home.

The climbing there is good, but based on the areas that I did climb, I didn't find it to be better than at the Red. It may be a little more weathered and less pocketed, and erhaps more sparsely bolted and more vegitated, but are those favorable comparitives? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Jan 7, 2009
stredna   PA
Not better than the Red River Gorge?! I thought the Red River Gorge was quite lame; see: quality rock/routes but short. Driving 10 hours to KY will not happen again when the Gunks (2 hrs) blows the Red outta the water. Sorry to hear this disheartening beta. Jun 10, 2009
If you are going to climb in the Blueys, go do some of the longer routes in the Grose valley. Brilliant.
March flies are a hassle in February sometimes Jun 28, 2009
This article is frikken awesome Nov 10, 2017