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Passes of the upper Grose

Postby YoungCodger » Tue 14 Sep, 2021 12:02 pm

There are many more passes in the upper Grose than I first realised.
Has anyone compiled a comprehensive list of those that can be done without abseiling / trad climbing?

Please note that I'm not advocating for anybody to try these, just in formulating a list. Some of them require a harness and even then are questionable.

The "easy" pass that is overlooked in my opinion is Browne's Path. Relatively straight forward, spectacular. No need to descend the talus all the way to the Grose - you can retrace your steps once you've seen the views and the gorgeous claystone ledge.

Done
Perry's Lookdown
Pierce's / Hungerford's Pass
Shortridge Pass (Du Faur)
Horse Track
Rodriguez Pass
Browne's Path
Crayfish Creek Pass
Lews Pass
Shaw Gully / Byles Pass
Jebb's Folly (nose of Burra Korain)
Unnamed Burra Korain slot 1
Zobel Gully
Ikara Head climber's track
Orang Utan Pass

To do
Govett's Leap descent
Engineer's Track from Darling Causeway
Thor Head / Mckenzie Mine
Unnamed Burra Korain slot 2
Garrad Gulch
Canyons that apparently go: Koombanda, Kamarah Gully, Jungaburra, Birrabang, Jinki Gully
Lockleys Shute
Unnamed gully on Hat Hill ridge

Thanks!
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Re: Passes of the upper Grose

Postby tom_brennan » Wed 15 Sep, 2021 12:19 pm

How high up are you looking? Obviously the higher up you go (ie upstream of Ikara Head), the more the cliffs break.

Also, there are numerous other routes into Victoria Creek, but I'm not sure I'd consider them passes of the Grose. But where do you draw the line? The Unnamed Burra Korain slots descend into Victoria Creek first.

David Crevasse and the Canyon Colliery Road are the two obvious ones missing.

I had a very similar list somewhere - can't remember where I put it!
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Re: Passes of the upper Grose

Postby jonnosan » Wed 15 Sep, 2021 8:07 pm

I was once given a hint by Jim from Centenial Glen stables about a slot he found off Burra Korain head, which he and a friend took horses down in the 1970s. It's possible thats what you are calling Jebb's Folly although it's on the eastern cliff above the Grose, about 1KM south of what I would have described as the nose. You would know the slot if you found it because half way through there is a ledge with some rope and old tools that Jim apparently left in the 70s - they were still there when I last went through 2 years ago.

The first time I went looking for that slot I got confused about what Jim had described and went out along Bald Head ridge, not Burra Korrain ridge, and ended up finding what I have since worked out must be Brownes pass.

edit: here's a photo showing the tools and rope https://photos.app.goo.gl/nZs9j7a7YpnPy3Ge9
and here's one looking through the slot https://photos.app.goo.gl/uT11ZvwcGUWHrb5j7
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Re: Passes of the upper Grose

Postby YoungCodger » Thu 16 Sep, 2021 10:12 am

jonnosan wrote:I was once given a hint by Jim from Centenial Glen stables about a slot ... on the eastern cliff above the Grose, about 1KM south of what I would have described as the nose... half way through there is a ledge with some rope and old tools that Jim apparently left in the 70s - they were still there when I last went through 2 years ago... here's a photo showing the tools and rope https://photos.app.goo.gl/nZs9j7a7YpnPy3Ge9
and here's one looking through the slot https://photos.app.goo.gl/uT11ZvwcGUWHrb5j7


Yes I think that's one of the two Burra Korain passes I was shown. At the top we stepped up on the eastern side to an immaculate 270 degree view:
BK slot view.jpg


Slot entry (500819):
bk slot.jpg


To exit we did a 1m step over that slot (there might be a safer alternative). I don't remember seeing that rope when I went through - but I don't focus on recent man-made objects so I could have just missed it. Thanks!
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Re: Passes of the upper Grose

Postby YoungCodger » Thu 16 Sep, 2021 10:21 am

tom_brennan wrote:How high up are you looking? Obviously the higher up you go (ie upstream of Ikara Head), the more the cliffs break.

Also, there are numerous other routes into Victoria Creek, but I'm not sure I'd consider them passes of the Grose. But where do you draw the line? The Unnamed Burra Korain slots descend into Victoria Creek first.

David Crevasse and the Canyon Colliery Road are the two obvious ones missing.

I had a very similar list somewhere - can't remember where I put it!


A couple of friends who know how to rig abseils are encouraging me to do David Crevasse. I'm a novice abseiler but will probably get to it eventually. Sounds fun!

I'll look into Canyon Colliery Rd.

Where to draw the line: hmm. I guess I'm interested in anything that's fun to do myself (so thanks for your suggestions). But for a semi-official list I would limit it to the adventures that can be done with a reasonable degree of safety without abseiling or trad-climbing gear, and that are in the Grose. If you find your list let me know!
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