Chockstone Forum - General Discussion
General Climbing Discussion
|Guess The Crag
||28-Jun-2013 At 9:08:20 PM
|On 28/06/2013 Dmcg wrote:
>Blowering it is, and just a short drive from superstu's crag above.
>Love to know if there is any climbing history here. These slabs were fairly
>impressive but couldn't see any signs of bolts or pegs (we weren't climbing
>just looking) All we found was a very old (faded and brittle) knotted nylon
>sling laying at the base. Lots of interesting looking more angular and
>vertical cliff line to the right of these slabs too.
I climbed the independent spire at the far right (south end) of the most impressive part of the vertical cliff in 1971.
Access was best by following the spur just south / adjacent to Ryans Creek (where it crosses the Snowy Mtns Hwy), to get to it.
(We also abseiled the tallest/steepest part of the main cliff, ... on manilla rope, as we couldn't afford newfangled nylon at that time)!
This spire as it turns out had already been climbed, as I found a cairn at the top of it. I don't know who originally climbed it, though I lived at Tumut at the time and asked the local Civil Defence (now known as SES), and Scout group, about it's history to no avail.
I strongly suspect that the European gents who climbed the routes at Blue Waterholes and Yarrangobilly may have done the route, but not too many years before I got on it...
I also did a route next to the waterfall on the cliffline about a mile further north, behind (east of), the power lines, ... as accessed from the picnic type area located there these days.
Are you talking about the Mt Talbingo bluffs near it's summit? ... As opposed to the extended precipitous ridgeline further south towards Lobbs Hole?
I checked it out back in the early 70's but never made the effort (mostly due lack of partners), to get back and climb the faces located in the upper reaches of the creek-lines descending off it.
By the time I renewed my interest in that area, most of the old fire trails that got one near it had locked gate access.
Hmm. Climbing at Blowering Cliffs, ... I wouldn't mind going back...
There is also potential for new routes at Mt Killimicat located just east of the Brungle Rd to Gundagai from Tumut. I did some routes there in the early 70's too...
2nd post edit:
I also climbed a route on the west face of Black Perry Mtn; as well as another on the west face of the cliff located about a half mile further north of it. Both of these impressive features are about the same distance (but on the opposite side of the Snowy Mtns Hwy), as Mt Talbingo is off it.
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