Club Climbing with Geoff at The Gib

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Club trip with Geoff Cooper and Dr Jeff Crass

Crag: Mount Gibraltar (a/k/a “The Gib”) – Slab Walls

Date/Time: 9:00am Saturday 13 April 2019

Meeting Point: Jellore Lookout, Oxley Drive, Mittagong – 1hr 15mins from Sydney. Access to the top of the crag is 5mins from the car (50 metres left of the lookout)

Grade: Moderate (need to descend via fixed ropes and many climbs are multi-pitch)

Routes on Slab Walls: 26 routes graded between 12 and 20 – many with 2-5 pitches including “The Very Easy Route” which is ideal for learning to do multi-pitch climbing (note: there are 60 routes in total on The Gib)

Climbing Style: Slab climbing on trachyte rock with good friction. Very different to the sandstone found in Sydney and the Blue Mountains

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Mount Gibraltar is an 863 metre high mountain in the Southern Highlands Region of New South Wales. The mountain is thought to have been formed from a collapsed volcano core. The rock type is called Mount Gibraltar Trachyte, or alternatively, micro-syenite. It is the most prominent peak in the Mount Gibraltar Reserve.

When approaching Slab Walls please stick to the established paths. Local rangers have approached climbers identifying that new trails (short cuts) are being created which is affecting the local vegetation.

The Slab Wall descent is NOT suitable for beginners, take them down the North Walls access and around the base OR belay them down the long rope downclimb about halfway down, especially if the rock is damp.

Easiest approach is either down the descent ramp, or abseil in as per the Main Wall and walk around, or down the north descent and walk around.