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Kid friendly crags in the Grampians

8:17:55 AM
Outside of Summerday Valley, any suggestions on crags to visit that meet the following criteria:

Moderate climbs and safe for young kids to run around?

11:30:18 AM
... and easy to walk in to.

There's not a lot outside Summerday Valley. Try the Mountain Lion in the Victoria Range. Perhaps Lower Goon Wall in the Wonderland Range if it's not too blackened.

James Mc
3:14:39 PM
Curiosity Crag wouldn't be too bad - although if 'moderate' is <18 probably not. Haven't been there but maybe Roadside Crag down Geerak Track might be ok too?

And the Watchtower near Halls Gap

7:04:35 PM
Define "safe" ... there's plenty of crags out there ill happily take my kids to but theres no way I'd call them safe ..
7:24:58 PM
My kids, aged 5 and 7 love going to Taipan. Right hand end is pretty good for keeping an eye on them. Too light to belay me for a few more years though.

12:55:44 PM
>Moderate climbs and safe for young kids to run around?

Anyone know how "bad moon rising wall' compares with this criteria? (or the other walls along there..?)

1:00:26 PM
Bad Moon Rising is kind of ok - the trees under the RH end are flatter & further back from the edge. the rest is bare rock & slopes off toward a 50m cliff (the Underworld). But its approx 70m away & is flatter closer to BMRW.

1:03:23 PM
Amnesty Wall is also very good. Easy flat access and no big dangers. Personally im always a little afaid
of having young kids at the crag because of the rock fall danger. Imagine the guilt if you accidently
ripped a loose block off and hit someone elses kids.
2:09:04 PM
Richard, I wouldn't recommend Bad Moon Rising or anything else left of Sandinista Wall. There are a few sections which rather suck with a pack on - and with a baby harness or for a toddler would be a real hassle and/or dangerous:
* Just past Tupameros you have a boulder hopping section
* where the track scrambles up below Cut Lunch walls there's some nasty fall potential
* the step-across between Tribute Walls and Bad Moon has nasty potential

At the base of Bad Moon the platform is not *that* wide ... having seen a toddler running around there I was a little concerned: the way it slopes off to the top of the cliff below appears dangerously misleading to young kids

Not to mention how long it would take young-uns to get up there.

Sandinista/Amnesty area is definitely a better bet

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