Blue Mountains Rock Climbing
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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.
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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Blue Mountains
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