Registrations are open for attending a club trip in July. Please fill out the form below and I will plan trips based on availability.
As the NSW Government have eased restrictions on outdoor gatherings the club will restart outdoor trips in June.
There will be a few changes in our process in order to ensure that we limit participation and adhere to the new Covid19 guidelines. I’ve also changed the registration process in order to gather your availability, climbing proficiency and what type of climbing you would like to experience. Based on registration details, we will plan a few trips each month to ensure we cater for as many members as possible.
I look forward to getting out to the bush and climbing again with you.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, the Sydney Rockies monthly meetings will not be held at the usual time of first Wednesday of each month.
Club trips already planned will be managed on a case by case basis with limits to the number of participants.
A December club trip to the awesome Mount Keira – West Face crag. Excellent easy trad and sport routes – perfect for learning to lead. As you can see in the photo, our group of 20 managed to occupy the popular amphitheater for most of the day – but there were some non-club climbers due to the bushfires restricting many Blue Mountains crags.
Ahh the job of a trip leader never ends. If you bring a helmet, might as well wear it.
A few cheeky trad leads to finish off a great day once most had left.
There is a proposal to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow. Most of the upgrade is to increase the number of lanes, but for Blackheath there are a few options:
1. Duplicate existing road
2. Outer bypass (crag impact)
3. Western bypass
4. Long and short tunnel options
The Outer Bypass option will impact the Centennial Glen and Shipley crags and our climbing community need to provide feedback to avoid this option being selected.
Have your say by filling out the feedback form by 16 December on https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/great-western-highway/katoomba-to-lithgow/index.html
View of the cliffs around the campground, and some local wildlife
Creek crossing, the historic coke ovens and the slog up the hill to the crag
Hanging out in the cave preparing to head out into the sun for some climbing
Love crack climbing!
The campfire after the sheep
Although it was foggy at Blackheath the crag was dry and there was no wind. The maximum temperature during the day was 8 degrees, great for sending plus we had the crag all to ourselves.
Heathcliff is a remote-feeling tall cliff with a great combination of long single pitch routes and short multi-pitches.
Contrary to a number of aspirants it didn’t rain so without the weather nervous our group walked in efficiently and we had the time to check out the climbs at Celebrity Crag, towards a future trip.
The walk is scenic, good lookouts, steep in part, and fairly complex but no one was lost, the importance of a smaller climbing group.
Climbing gems completed included; Fake Blood (18), Bad Blood (19), Chip off the Old Block (19) and the multi-pitch The Rift (19). Climbers were all very busy, there was no lunch break, just snacking on the go.
The weather was actually great and we finally arrived at the car park at 5.00pm, a longish day, really enjoyable with a group of like-minded climbers.
Sixteen keen bods turned up for the first clean and climb day. The first 90 minutes were spent hunting sparse rubbish. We got about 3 big bags of rubbish, a pallet, 10kg of tiles, and a few syringes.
This was run as a satellite Clean Up Australia event which gave us gloves, bags, a first aid kit, and helped with the council picking up our pile’o’crap at the end.
Then we broke out the climbing shoes and toproped or bouldered our way to glory till pizza arrived at 1am.
Many thanks to all that helped to keep our park clean. We hope to make this a regular event.
Trip Leader: Michael Law.
Photos by Jeff Crass