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October weekends - Nowra or Blue Mountains

12:49:16 PM
Hey all,

I will be down in NSW for work for three weeks in October, and am keen to get in some climbing over the weekends, preferably either at Nowra or Blue Mountains. The ideal weekend would be 10-11 October, but could also potentially do 3-4 October and/or 24-25 October. I'll have a hired car and have basic climbing gear, but do not yet own a rope. I climb up to the 22/23 grades (onsight 18-20), but I'd be open for whatever. If anyone else is in the area and needs a climbing partner/belayer, give me a shout at or 0408 026 874.


5:05:42 PM
9:03:41 AM
It really depends on the weather...and your tastes. If its gonna be rediculously stinking hot, its going to be rediculously stinking hot in both Nowra and Bluey's, though Nowra will definitely be a bit warmer and certainly much more humid. There are shadier area's at Nowra still with good access to the river for swimming in the middle of the day...but you are gonna have to take some mosquito repellent. The Bluey's has quite a few options in the heat, one or two with swimming.

If its cold, go to Nowra. If the weather is cold and shit at Nowra then its likely to be much much more shit at the Bluey's. Nowra has one or two areas which wont get that cold and may just stay out of the wind.

If its gonna be wet...give up. Nowra has South Central, spoogetastic on a cold dry. Everything at SC that is under 24(with a couple of notable exceptions) is dodgy, either gradewize or boltwize or both. Blue Mountains has a couple of areas, the most popular being Centenial Glen. If you havent been Centenial Glenn is worth a day or two at your grade. There two warm up routes at 18/19ish. There is a fairly hard 21, a couple of 23's and from memory there might be a 22. Both these area's are hard and really are for your climbers who are comfortable at at least 24+(that said, when its raining they are some of the few options and hence popular).

Now...if on the off chance the weather is good and you have the choice then it depends on what you like. Straight off the bat, Nowra has virtually zero trad climbing-there are bolted cracks that are easily protected. Don't knock it, or have a whinge, thats just the way it is. If you want trad climbing then head to Point Perpendicular(bring a spare pair of underware). Nowra has a good range of routes at your level. If you like short pumpy climbs then Nowra is it(if you like slopers then all the better). The Bluey's on the other hand has basically anything you could ask for in sport or trad, though it does tend to be much more crimpier then Nowra.

All that said, if you have good weather and an amiable climbing partner then they are both world class areas.

1:20:20 PM
Olbert - Thanks heaps for the info. I've been to Nowra once before and really liked the style of
climbing. I've pretty much decided to spend this coming weekend (9-11 Oct) at Nowra again. Current
forecast shows the weather to be cool, so hopefully no rain also. I think I also have a partner lined up,
so should be sweet.

I'll probably be climbing again during the weekend of 23-25 October, so that might be a good time to
check out the Bluey's. Still looking for a climbing partner for that weekend, so contact me if anyone is
needs a partner that weekend. Keen to climb all day Saturday and Sunday.

10:12:03 PM
How about this weekend 31st Oct 1 Nov
Roger Greene
0437 302 757

2:15:17 PM
Sorry, back in Brisbane now as my trip was only through last Friday. I may be down in the area again in January though, so could be looking for someone then as well.

2:18:23 PM
I think October is in the past.

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