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arniearms
23:38:21 Tue
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Castle Cove

Recently sussed out the impressive wall sighted from Killarney Pt (oppisite crumbly). I had an epic bushbash from roseville marina, but eventually found what I was looking for bellow amaroo av. (note photo low quality, and yes those houses are huge.)



A very impressive orange/white/black streaked wall, upto 20m high, 60m wide, and possibly about 10 good, hard looking sports lines (19-24?), was hard to see if there was enough holds on the wall higher up. The wall looks very sporty, with bulges, slopes, crimps, pockets, steep bits etc, just not sure if there's enough holds for the more imperssive lines to go...? past this is a cave which looked ok, and a good slab with about 5, 12m easier routes (16-19).

Anyway, am wondering if anyone has explored this...?
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WM
23:44:41 Sat
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Hey, Will here - bolted that castle cove thing a LONG time ago so careful of the bolts. some slightly different access info here: http://www.geocities.com/willmonks/castlecove.htm I'd be interested to see someone do it and tell me whether its any good :smile:

We also checked out that other wall off neerim rd. pretty impressive for sydney hey. originally came in from HD RObb reserve, took the steps down to the water then a hideous thrash north and up the hill to the crag...not recommended. then we got talking with one of the landowners above the crag, who told us there is actually a public easement between two of the houses - directly opposite amaroo rd from memory. the houses either side treat it like private land though and have lawn and garden etc growing on it. so its not obvious that its public land. maybe check out the council records? anyway we just walked through and no one stopped us, then rapped in, wandered around, realised it might have some awesome routes but too hard for us bumblies and too much hassle with access so we jugged out and never went back.

definitely think its worth some more attention though. hope this helps.

  
bundybear
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Piccys dudes. Piccys !!

  
TonyB
21:10:45 Sun
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>a public easement between two of the houses - directly opposite amaroo rd

Isn't it opposite Parnoo, rather than Amaroo ?

  
arniearms
07:00:51 Tue
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cliff is opposite amaroo, down behind the houses, i exited opposite parnoo via the little walkway i thought was private property as is very close to one of the houses, however just check department of lands topo map and shows a gap between houses indicating the land is not private... i dont have bolting gear, and limited bolting experience, but if it's good am keen if others are...
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Cragx
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Im might be keen to help out.

  
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im pretty sure ive seen the cliff your talking about. looked cool from other side of river.

  
arniearms
04:46:58 Fri
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sussed out the castle cove crag again, access was an easy 5mins, rock still looks great, with hard lines and enough easy lines to keep it real. would still be keen to help develop if anyone wants to take on the project, there's atleast 5 or 6 easier (16-21) lines i'd be keen to start bolting (dont have a drill, yet...), and probably several others if there was enough interest and potential with the crag...

Quote: WM at 23:44:41 Sat Oct 13 2007

anyway we just walked through and no one stopped us, then rapped in, wandered around, realised it might have some awesome routes but too hard for us bumblies and too much hassle with access so we jugged out and never went back.

definitely think its worth some more attention though. hope this helps.


I agree with Will that access may be an issue, but worst case is a 500m thrash from H D Robb reserve. As for bolting the main bullet proof wall, sections are capped by rooflets, so would make it a tad harder... and again, beyond my level of knowledge and experience... :wink:
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Send me some piccys and mapsso I can have a look.

  
tnd
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Whose land is the cliff itself on?

  
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Hmm looks sweet, get some close up piccys and post em.

  
arniearms
09:33:35 Mon
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The cliff is in H D Robb reserve, so council or crown land i think... i'm not sure... I'm a little worried about access and urban development... Climbing looks good, if enough of the lines actually go... Development looks difficult, probably too much effort for an ordianry crag... But if someone wants a hand with development, i'm keen to learn... Here's a couple of the lines that look like they probably go... My guess is u could bolt 4 lines to the top (20m), 6 halfway, and about 8 more short (10m) routes on the next cliffline... Was a fun abseil adventure none the less, and an atmospheric hangout for an arvo... Maybe I should take the advise of some of my peers, less looking, more climbing... :eekyellow:






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adb
02:48:59 Tue
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access was an easy 5mins


Does this mean a walk in via the Parnoo walkway, or a rap ?

Has anyone done any climbing here yet ?

  
adb
02:48:17 Sun
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We had another look at Castle Cove this morning. I couldn't find any descent route so it does look like a rap in. There's also another very impressive long grey wall to the right of the orange wall (facing the cliff). It looks about 20m high. Access to the top of this is very easy from the walkway opposite Parnoo.
Next time I'll bring a rope.


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arniearms
12:30:15 Wed
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a few things with ccc (castle cove crag),
access opp parnoo is easy enough,
and u can scramble down in 5 mins.

from the access path, go past the houses respectfully,
then turn right and follow track for about 100m (scramble is about where the left side of the 1st photo is). Pass (bellow) about 3 - 4 houses, and there's a chain link fence behind one of the houses (i think it's on a sandstone choss), scramble over a boulder then down, steep scrambing and overgrown, be careful... keep heading a bit right...

as for the grey slab, is good quality beginner slab... think it's only about 15m.

oh, and overgrown is an understatement... :wink:

goodluck and if u get super phyced send me a pm,
and a bit more handy with dev skills these days...




  

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