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<header intro="A huge crag by Sydney standards, but it looks like a big mass of scrappy cliffs. The cliff has a north-westerly aspect and is in the bottom of the river valley, consequently it is fairly warm in winter. A helmet is strongly recommended when climbing/belaying on this cliff. Note - a 50m rope will just make it down from the rap chain above Abseil Wall. It is easy to walk/scramble off on the right hand side of the crag. Belaying is normally done on or close to the road - so watch for passing traffic (cars and horses). " name="Mandalay" rock="Roadside Cliffs" sun="" id="1" acknowledgement="The main part of this guide has been taken from &quot;Rockclimbs in the Lower Blue Mountains&quot; by Harry Luxford (1994) - Published by Sydney Rockclimbing Club. It has been republished here with permission from Harry Luxford. Thanks Harry. Added photographs are by David Noble" access="The crag is located on the Lower Colo Rd about 250m from the Putty Rd bridge over the Colo River. Before the bridge exit left onto the Upper Colo Rd, turn right to go under the bridge (now on Lower Colo Rd). Probably best to park beneath the bridge and walk along the road to the crag, or park about 200m past the crag in a little gulch. The cliff is obvious if you cross the bridge on Putty Rd and look right."/><climb id="20" name="The Corner Crack" length="20m" grade="14">Interesting start. Cams needed. Obvious corner/crack at far left of the overhanging section. Straight up corner.</climb>
<climb fa="Julian Anderson*, John Gilson*, Chris Radford 1998" grade="15" id="1" length="75m" name="Camp Crusty">10m left of Ethereal McCoy (2m right of short bolted arete). A long route that picks it way from the road to the top of the buttress.
1. 25m (12) Steep start from road onto slab. BR (neighbouring route) step right up thin crack. Tread right over loose blocks up to tree belay. Walk right 10m, scramble up to corner.
2. 10m (15) Up corner (This is probably "The Corner Crack", next route in this guide), at ledge go right up finger crack to tree belay. Walk up slope for 20m. Takes line between two caves.
3. 35m (15) Up slab trending right. Head left for 4m, sling thread, up overhanging strip between chossy caves. Tree. Climb up and left 3m, up off last ledge. 2m to top. Trees.
Descent : Downclimb ledges to left (facing out), 2 abseils.
</climb><climb id="21" name="Ethereal McCoy" length="20m" grade="24" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, G Bradbury" stars="**">An overhanging jug-haul. Start at the far left of the overhanging main section of the cliff; look for several white hangers on overhang. Up as will to roof, then follow line of bolts</climb><climb id="22" name="Great Lashings of Pleasure" length="20m" grade="20" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, S Moon, N Nicholas Jun 1990" stars="**">Start on orange coloured (firm looking) section of rock; just left of pair of thin Yellow Bloodwoods. Up 2m corner on left then diagonally right past 7 BRs to roof. Abseil off chain</climb><image id="37" src="IMG_6527.jpg" width="400" legend="true" legendTitle="Great Lashings of Pleasure (photo Dave Noble)"/><climb id="23" name="Whippet Filter" length="5m" grade="24" extra="Þ" fa="M Law Jun 1990">A second pitch to Great Lashings of Pleasure. Over roof.</climb><climb id="24" name="Poppet" length="25m" grade="21" extra="Þ" fa="S Moon, M Law Jun 1990">The rock does not look inviting. Start behind thin Yellow Bloodwood. Up Space to Rent to 3 BR, then up through layered roofs</climb><climb id="25" name="Space To Rent" length="30m" grade="9" fa="M Law, J Bush, H Maloof, N Nicholas Feb 1990" stars="*">Winds it way easily across the orange ramp/slab. Start just right of thin Yellow Bloodwood. Move left then up and right to BR at 6m. Up onto the traverse to the cave and abseil point.</climb><climb id="26" name="H?" length="15m" grade="18" extra="Þ">To the left of the start of Hali and Little Red Rooster there is a line of bolts going straight up to the chain. It seems to be above a H chipped into the rock.</climb><climb id="27" name="Hali" length="25m" grade="20" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, P Thompson, May 1990" stars="***">A very popular route. Most people abseil off before the top. Start same as Little Red Rooster. Up small corner, move 4m left to corner then roof. Left onto slab, up and right then left to roof. Hand traverse right along lip, 11 BRs.</climb><climb id="28" name="Little Red Rooster" length="25m" grade="19" extra="Þ" fa="N Nicholas, T Thompson" stars="*">A popular route; some loose rock on top, many seem to avoid the last bit. Start at right hand end of overhanging section. Marked. Up corner as for Hali but then straight up to the top. 7 BRs. Tree belay</climb><climb id="31" name="Flight Path" length="50m" grade="17/18" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, D Darmanin Aug 1994">Only 18 if followed all the way to the top. Start is marked; about 3m left of obvious corner of Twister Roots.
</climb><climb id="51" name="The Corner Crack" length="20m" grade="14">Interesting start. Cams needed. Obvious corner/crack at far left of the overhanging section. Straight up corner.</climb><climb id="21" name="Ethereal McCoy" length="20m" grade="24" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, G Bradbury" stars="**">An overhanging jug-haul. Start at the far left of the overhanging main section of the cliff; look for several white hangers on overhang. Up as will to roof, then follow line of bolts</climb><climb id="22" name="Great Lashings of Pleasure" length="20m" grade="20" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, S Moon, N Nicholas Jun 1990" stars="**">Start on orange coloured (firm looking) section of rock; about 20m R of Ethereal McCoy, just left of pair of thin Yellow Bloodwoods. Up 2m corner on left then diagonally right past 7 BRs to roof. Abseil off chain</climb><image id="37" src="IMG_6527.jpg" width="400" legend="true" legendTitle="Great Lashings of Pleasure (photo Dave Noble)"/><climb id="23" name="Whippet Filter" length="5m" grade="24" extra="Þ" fa="M Law Jun 1990">A second pitch to Great Lashings of Pleasure. Over roof.</climb><climb id="24" name="Poppet" length="25m" grade="21" extra="Þ" fa="S Moon, M Law Jun 1990">The rock does not look inviting. Start behind thin Yellow Bloodwood. Up Space to Rent to 3 BR, then up through layered roofs</climb><climb id="25" name="Space To Rent" length="30m" grade="9" fa="M Law, J Bush, H Maloof, N Nicholas Feb 1990" stars="*" extra="Þ">Winds it way easily across the orange ramp/slab, a bit run out, could use a rerobolt. Start just right of thin Yellow Bloodwood. Move up and right to BR at 6m on the arete of a little corner. Up onto ledge (hidden bolt at head height) then up to next ledge (bolt at waist level out R) then traverse to the cave and abseil point.</climb><image id="57" src="SpaceToRent1.jpg" width="700"/><image id="58" src="Hali1.jpg" width="700"/><climb id="27" name="Hali" length="25m" grade="20" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, P Thompson, May 1990" stars="***">A very popular route. You can go R past a BR into cave and rap off to make a good 18. Start below Orange slab, 3m L of corner (Little Red Rooster) here is a faint chipped H 30cm below first BR. Up slab to steep corner and onto slab. Up to scary choss cave out L then left to roof. Hand traverse right along lip, 11 BRs.</climb><climb id="28" name="Little Red Rooster" length="18m" grade="18" extra="Þ" fa="N Nicholas, T Thompson" stars="**">A popular route; Start at right hand end of overhanging section in short corner then left a move and up orange slab and steepness into cave. Step R and clip bolt on lip, you can clip BR on R (Colo Wasters) in cave to protect this move. easily into cave and abseil point</climb><climb id="54" stars="*" name="Colo Wasters" length="25m" grade="20" extra="Þ&#9;" fa="Colo Wasters 1991">Start as for Little Red Rooster, up corner and right onto hard slab move. Up to tree and up right side of cave, past right side of abseil cave, hard pull at top and rap off tree.</climb><image id="59" src="Hali12.jpg" width="700"/><climb id="31" name="Flight Path" length="50m" grade="17/18" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, D Darmanin Aug 1994">Only 18 if followed all the way to the top. Start is marked; about 3m left of obvious corner of Twister Roots.
1. Follow line of three bolts to obvious corner crack of Twisted Roots. Up this then follow bolts to either 1 abseil chain or
2. Diagonally right to the top of the cliff.</climb><image id="43" src="1.jpg" width="600" legend="true" legendTitle="Flight Path (photo Dave Noble)"/><text id="44">A single 50m rope just makes it down to abseil off the crag</text><climb id="32" name="Lanie Wouldn't" length="25m" grade="16" extra="" fa="N Nicholas, T Thompson">Delicate but well protected. Start as for Flight Path. Up slab past 4 BRs to sandy ledge then diagonally right and up to ledge 2 BRs.</climb><climb id="33" name="Pleasant" length="12m" grade="14" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, S Chambers Jul 1994">Only short, but nice wall climb. Start marked; left of nose, left of Twisted Roots. Up to small ledge then straight up, 2 BR to short chain.</climb><climb id="34" name="Twisted Roots" length="55m" grade="16" fa="N Nicholas, P Thompson May 1990">One of the more obvious lines. Good rock in parts. Start at right facing corner about 5m left of Yellow Bloodwood and just left of its exposed roots.
2. Diagonally right to the top of the cliff.</climb><image id="43" src="1.jpg" width="600" legend="true" legendTitle="Flight Path (photo Dave Noble)"/><text id="56">Flight Path heads straight up after the 2nd clipped bolt in this shot. Then slightly R on smooth slab under roof to rap point (40m?) or move R under roof to finish s up Lanie Wouldn't</text><climb id="32" name="Lanie Wouldn't" length="25m" grade="16" extra="" fa="N Nicholas, T Thompson" stars="***">Delicate Start as for Flight Path (3m L of corner crack). Up slab into shallow groove past 4 BRs to sandy ledge then diagonally right and up to ledge past 2 BRs to 2 BB, or traverse R 3m to rap chain (25m)</climb><climb id="33" name="Pleasant" length="12m" grade="14" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, S Chambers Jul 1994">Only short, but nice wall climb. Start marked; left of nose, left of Twisted Roots. Up to small ledge then straight up, 2 BR to short chain.</climb><climb id="34" name="Twisted Roots" length="55m" grade="16" fa="N Nicholas, P Thompson May 1990">One of the more obvious lines. Good rock in parts. Start at right facing corner about 5m left of Yellow Bloodwood and just left of its exposed roots.
1. Up crack (BR) to ramp, left to large ledge
2. Left to belay on slanting orange corner
3. Up to BR, then left past roofs</climb><climb id="35" name="Erotic Nightmare" length="25m" grade="20" extra="Þ" fa="P Thompson, N Nicholas Jul 1990" stars="*">You have to be tall to do the crux move at 20; most people traverse onto the crux (bulge). 2m right of Twisted Roots. Up to ledge, then delicate slab then bulge, then slightly L over bulge and up to abseil point, chain, 9BRs</climb>

<climb extra="Þ" fa="Mike Law, Nat Nicholas, P. Thompson 1990-06" grade="21?" grade="22" id="3" length="50m" name="Abseil Wall" stars="*">About 4m right of TR. Has become much harder due to crystals snapping off. Hard crux move. Originally graded 19.
1. Up slab and slightly left to ledge past 9 BRs, left to DBB (or right to abseil point (25m))
2. Up and right on slab, across corner then left up wall 4BR, left to tree
</climb><climb id="4" name="Sleepmaster" length="5m" grade="25" fa="M Law, N Nicholas July 1990" extra="Þ">From the 3rd BR on pitch 2 of Abseil Wall, directly up and over roof to tree, 3 BR</climb><climb id="5" name="Groove Determinator" length="25m" grade="23" extra="Þ" fa="M Law, N Nicholas, July 1990" stars="**">6m right of Twisted Roots Up slab then easy and more runout past 1 BR to join Jewish Generosity at 3rd BR</climb><climb ledge and L or R to rap points</climb><climb id="6" stars="**" name="Jewish Generosity" length="25m" grade="18" extra="Þ" fa="N Nicholas, P Thompson Jul 1990">Thin slab climb; small pebbles actually hold. Start 8m right of Twisted Roots, and about 3m L of Bushy Corner. Up wall/slab past block, then right into faint corner, follow bolts over roof, 8 BR.</climb><climb id="7" name="Bushy Corner" length="16m" grade="14" extra="Þ" fa="N Nicholas, T Thompson Jul 1990">Good technical stuff to start, then easy slab climbing. Left facing corner 3m right of yellow bloodwood. Up thru corner past 5BRs to ledge, DRBB now replaces tree previously used. Finish via SCS or lower off from this point.</climb><image id="41" src="3.jpg" width="600" legend="true" legendTitle="Flight Path and Bushy Corner (photo Dave Noble)"><legend>7</legend></image><climb id="9" extra="" name="Senior Cit's Slab" length="25m" grade="14" fa="P Thompson, N Nicholas 1990">Quite enjoyable. Start immediately below Bushy Corner. Right over bulge to cave BR, up slab (small cam) then left to clip and pass bushies cnr DRBB then up past 2 BRs, finsh at DRBB over ledge. (a single 50mtr rope doulbed will NOT reach the ground from this point) use abseil chain to left or scramble off to right.</climb><climb id="10" extra="Þ" name="Nines Fine" length="15m" grade="15?" fa="H Luxford, S Chambers, S Kitchen Jul 1994">Straightforward roof and wall. Start marked; at left hand end of left end cave. Up to bolt, slightly right to block in cave, over roof, then straight up to ledge.</climb><climb id="11" name="Skin Deep" length="15m" grade="16" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, S Chambers, S Kitchen Jul 1994">Better than it looks, some very good moves over bulge. Start marked; left hand end of obvious cave. Up to bolt, then slightly right to edge of cave, around left then straight up.</climb><climb id="12" name="Prawn of Prophesy" length="10m" grade="23" fa="M Law Jul 1990" extra="Þ">Yellow streak right of cave. Straight up 3 BRs.</climb><climb id="13" name="Jack The Zipper" length="10m" grade="18" extra="Þ" fa="P Thompson, T Thompson Jul 1990">Right of Prawn of Prophesy. Up to block and above, 3 BRs.</climb><climb id="14" name="Shattered Dreams" length="20m" grade="14" extra="Þ" fa="S Chambers, Harry Luxford Jun 1994">Start marked, immediately below large bloodwood that is used by the abseilers. Straight up to tree 5BRs. A sandbag at grade 12. Some BRs are hidden.</climb><climb id="15" name="I Me, Me Mine" length="20m" grade="14" fa="T Thompson Jul 1990" extra="Þ" stars="*">Popular abseil route. 3m right of Shattered Dreams, immediately below large bloodwood. Up then left then right to tree, 5 BRs.</climb><climb id="16" name="Faded Message" length="18m" grade="16" extra="Þ" fa="H Luxford, S Chambers, P Taylor Aug 1994">Steep technical crux. Start marked; old painted safety message on rock; left hand side of large cave. Follow line about 1 metre left of cave and roof.</climb><climb id="17" name="Kickagerm Joy Slammer" length="10m" grade="22" fa="P Thompson Jul 1990" extra="Þ" stars="**">Start at base of tree at left end of cave. Up to small roof, right across wall then up corner, 6BRs.</climb><climb id="18" name="Crabstick" length="10m" grade="28" extra="Þ" fa="M Law 1990" stars="**">Formerly called Caps Lock. 3m right of Kickagerm Joy Slammer. Up wall and through roof, 6 BRs.</climb><climb id="19" name="1976" length="19m" grade="22" fa="M Law, P Thompson Jun 1990" stars="**">Straight up crack in cave.
</climb><climb id="47" stars="***" name="Non-stop Sausage Action" length="15m" grade="22" extra="Þ" fa="Mikl Law 1980s">Extremely strenuous, Big roof 3m right of 1976, 8 BRs</climb><text id="48">The following two climbs are in the cave near the bridge, behind the toilet block.</text><climb id="49" name="Rainy Day Roof" length="7m" grade="18" fa="Unknown">Starts in the middle of the cave, follows obvious crack and pockets thru roof,passing 4BRs to DRBB at cave edge, Lower off here (first bolt requires 90 degree plate as it's hard to get others on). Climb continues over edge past two more BRs but is not recommended as top is covered in lantana and dirt, is much harder if done to end.</climb><climb id="50" name="Upside Down Miss Jane" length="13m" grade="23" fa="C Martin, J Leel 4/11/2012">Starts on the right side of cave, up head wall to first RB, then into roof heading left past 3 more RBs to DRBB at edge of cave shared with RDR.</climb>
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