The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
One of several frikken awesome climbing areas in Australia. Ancient sandstone cliffs, carved into fantastic shapes from aeons of wear. You can practically still hear the aboriginal didgeridoos.
A nice feature we found at the Blueys is that all the route names are painted unobtrusively at the bottom of the route; makes things VERY easy to find.
Interesting facts? Okay, here's one: the flies are SO BAD that it's a frikken hazard. If you're stuck on belay you need a third arm (or fourth, or fifth) to keep the flies from driving you mad. Even true local Aussie climbers have said that they've never gotten used to the flies, so if someone tells you that you will, they're lying. The don't bite, thank goodness--that's for the mosquitoes--but they do crawl all over your face, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, etc. Bug spray does NOT work, either. Good luck, kids.
Drive west from Sydney for approximately one hour.
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|Comments on Blue Mountains
|By Austin Badeau|
Jan 15, 2008
Converting from the Australian grading system to the Yosemite grading system can be found on the net but diffrerent sources often vary slightly. The conversion table from the most recently published guide book for the Blue Mtns. area is as follows:
AUS : US
14 : 5.7
15 : 5.8
16 : 5.9-
17 : 5.9
18 : 5.9+
19 : 5.10a/b
20 : 5.10c
21 : 5.10d
22 : 5.11a/b
23 : 5.11c
24 : 5.11d
25 : 5.12
Apr 17, 2008
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and the New River but bigger, taller, and better.
Jan 7, 2009
The Blue Mountains are amazing, very similar to the Red River Gorge and better.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 7, 2009
I found the rock here to be remarkably similar to the Red River's Corbin Sandstone. After spending 1990-1995 mostly in the Red, with some visits after that, I took a trip to Australia to visit a pal for a few weeks over Xmas/Newyears in 1996/97. People had warned me about the nature of the rock in the Blue Mountains, and how it would be different that what I was used to...
But being from the Red, I felt right at home.
The climbing there is good, but based on the areas that I did climb, I didn't find it to be better than at the Red. It may be a little more weathered and less pocketed, and erhaps more sparsely bolted and more vegitated, but are those favorable comparitives? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Jun 10, 2009
Not better than the Red River Gorge?! I thought the Red River Gorge was quite lame; see: quality rock/routes but short. Driving 10 hours to KY will not happen again when the Gunks (2 hrs) blows the Red outta the water. Sorry to hear this disheartening beta.
|By mikl law|
Jun 28, 2009
If you are going to climb in the Blueys, go do some of the longer routes in the Grose valley. Brilliant.
March flies are a hassle in February sometimes