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Lost World and decent from Castle Crag?

PostPosted: Sun 06 Oct, 2019 7:58 pm
by spittle
Hi

I was in Lamington on the weekend and attempted to make my way around castle crag more or less from the saddle after balancing rock.

Due to previous fire there was no ground cover, just very loose dirt/dust and it was a lot harder than IO expected. I decided to bail after a while as I was solo and felt pretty exposed. Just wondering if anyone can describe how far around castle crag you need to go until the ground is better?

I read some notes that suggested to just drop down enough to make way around the base of the cliff but wondered if it would be better to head a bit lower to make use of more vegetation? And then bush bash to get back onto the ridge for decent. I had a 15m rope that was doubled up around trees in a few spots as a safety net but figured I’ll go with a mate next time so we can ditch the packs in a few spots and pass them around obstacles as required. But even then - a rope isn’t going to help being at the base of the cliff. I’d probably prefer to take a harness and abseil straight down the cliff.