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|Outer Eastern Suburbs Granite
Lysterfield Park was quarried for granite last century. The abandoned quarries in Lysterfield Park and adjacent Churchill Park are useless for climbing because they are short, muddy and heavily vegetated but there are more modern quarries in the region that are also disused and could possibly add some evening entertainment for Eastern Suburb climbers. What can be done to open these sites to the public?
The proposed parkland at the abandoned quarry in Upper Ferntree Gully (Melways 74 D4) has been locked up behind cyclone fencing for four years to my knowledge. The face is relatively clean for a single pitch but the top is heavily vegetated with no safe access at present.
The southern car park at Cardinia reservoir (Mel 210 F4) overlooks the most convenient and safe climbing in the eastern suburbs. There are possibly ten short routes on this man made cliff that would be suitable for top roping. Unfortunately access is forbidden, as the cliff is adjacent to the water with only a 2-3 metre shelf at its base (mustn't get the drinking water dirty).
The granite boulders at Mel 83 F3 call to me to be explored for bouldering every time I drive down Lysterfield Rd but seem to be unfortunately placed on private land.
Does anyone know of other sites in this region that could be explored and how we can get these sites opened to climbers?
I live and work right near some of these locations and I've thought about the climbing possibilities at all of them. The first thing, would be to find out who owns these properties, whether they are private, council or gov land. On mel ref. 122 B7 there is Lookout Rock, range from v1 - v4 mostly one move wonders. Not very exciting stuff but nice view last time I was there !!!
On 22/11/2003 MikeR wrote:
>The proposed parkland at the abandoned quarry in Upper Ferntree Gully
>(Melways 74 D4) has been locked up behind cyclone fencing for four years
>to my knowledge. The face is relatively clean for a single pitch but the
>top is heavily vegetated with no safe access at present.
I looked at that wall years ago (jumped the fence) The top is really loose and even if loweroff's and bolted, there would always be the possibility of rock fall from above!
>The southern car park at Cardinia reservoir (Mel 210 F4)
I know that bouldering has taken place within the water catchment area - don't know the quality and is tresspassing anyway.
>The granite boulders at Mel 83 F3
They are on private land and also what's there isn't worth bothering with.
>Does anyone know of other sites in this region that could be explored
>and how we can get these sites opened to climbers?
Look out rock (described above)
Very limited boulders above box track -Singleton's track.
Quarry in Silvan catchment
Kamikaze wall in Eastern Vic guide
There must be more rock within the Dandenongs ranges...just need to find it.
On 24/11/2003 Dalai wrote:
>There must be more rock within the Dandenongs ranges...just need to find
time to dust off the bike i think martin?
I have three road bikes, but no mountain bike. I would love to get out there and explore, getting fit at the same time.
PS I am still keen to check out your potential summer bouldering destination sometime.
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