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Blue Mountains Rock Climbing 

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The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains


One of several frikken awesome climbing areas in Australia. Ancient sandstone cliffs, carved into fantastic shapes from aeons of wear. You can practically still hear the aboriginal didgeridoos.

A nice feature we found at the Blueys is that all the route names are painted unobtrusively at the bottom of the route; makes things VERY easy to find.

Interesting facts? Okay, here's one: the flies are SO BAD that it's a frikken 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.

Getting There 

Drive west from Sydney for approximately one hour.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

59 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Blue Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Blue Mountains:
Sweet Dreams   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 850'   Sublime Point
The Eternity   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Mount Piddington : Sector 4
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Featured Route For Blue Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself pulling through the crux

Hang on to Yourself 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Australia : Blue Mountains : ... : Main Wall (Barden's Lookout...
Very fun climbing up the very obvious arete. First bolt is pretty high and a little hard to get too. Steep climbing to the third bolt, crux in between 2nd and 3rd bolt. Easyer climbing after 4th bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: A view from Upper Lithgow Cliffs overlooking the W...
A view from Upper Lithgow Cliffs overlooking the W...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at the Dam Cliffs.
Climbing at the Dam Cliffs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Centennial Glen.
Climbing at Centennial Glen.
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top of telstar at Ikara head
View from the top of telstar at Ikara head
Rock Climbing Photo: Split wave at centennial glen
Split wave at centennial glen
Rock Climbing Photo: Geoff Weigand on the FA of Shimmering (27/5.12d), ...
Geoff Weigand on the FA of Shimmering (27/5.12d), ...

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By Austin Badeau
Jan 15, 2008
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
By GeoffElson Elson
Apr 17, 2008
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and the New River but bigger, taller, and better.
By Maulik
Jan 7, 2009
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and better.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 7, 2009
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.
By stredna
From: PA
Jun 10, 2009
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.
By mikl law
Jun 28, 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

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