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Samarkand      

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Area:NSW
  - 08 Central Tablelands (inc. The Blue Mountains)
    - 12. Bells Line of Road (incl. Grose Valley Northern Crags, Bowens Ck)
      - Pierces Pass
        - Mirrorball Area
Grade:25 (consensus)
Length:130mDescent:Walk-off
Style:TradToprope:No
Author:krankedEntry Date:2007-09-13
Verified:No
Description:Rap in from Critical Mass and walk back towards Walls lookout, approx 100m
Pitch 1:15m 23 (consensus from 1 ascents; FA grade: 23)
1st 5m or so have 'average' rock quality then onto polished hard sandstone. Belay bolts are below little rooflet
Pitch 2:35m 25 (consensus from 1 ascents; FA grade: 25)
Tricky moves at start to get past 2 carrots and into chimney. Climb this until it forces you out and onto the face. Punch hard up crack and into the 2nd crack up and left. Belay from good ledge on single carrot and large cams.
Pitch 3:20m 23 (consensus from 1 ascents; FA grade: 23)
Awkward moves to get established in layback tips crack. Brief excitement leads to a good belay stance on carrots.
Pitch 4:35m 22 (consensus from 1 ascents; FA grade: 22)
Punch up open book corner on good gear using crack and face holds. You are then forced onto the face at 3/4 height where the carrots are. 1st carrot is SUPER hard to put plate over, but you can put a good No.4 Camalot in break below it.Climb to small ledge and small corner. Tricky moves past 2 carrots lead to big ledge and carrot belay.
Pitch 5:25m 22 (consensus from 1 ascents; FA grade: 22)
Follow obvious left leaning crack 2m left of belay until it peters out, step right acroos to scoup and large block. Head up to good holds and large scoup with 3 carrots above. Take care exiting to top. Single ringbolt in block with gear for belay

Issues

Recent Ascents

krankedP1SamarkandGrotty start leads to better rocksecond (clean)2007-09-12
krankedP2SamarkandHang on tight!onsight2007-09-12
krankedP3SamarkandBrief excitement with good climbingsecond (clean)2007-09-12
krankedP4Samarkandlong pitch, but funonsight2007-09-12
krankedP5SamarkandTough to read, with shitty exit at topsecond (clean)2007-09-12



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