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  <header access="Van Diemens Buttress is approached from Organ Pipes Track further along to the left of the junction with the Sawmill Track.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;The approach to Fools Couloir from the top is quick and easy. From the summit carpark, follow the northern fence-line of the communications tower down and by maintaining the same line reach the top of the couloir. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;To approach Broken Buttress from the bottom do so via the Bulging Buttress/University Buttress track, which is signposted off the Organ Pipes track.  The track climbs uphill to meet the base of Bulging Buttress, traverses left below Jelly Wall, Aperitif sub-buttress and up to enter Avalanche Couloir. When you get to Ozymandias either go down left around the arete along past Triclinicity sub-buttress, or scramble up through the notch to meet the track on the other side. Follow a foot pad south along the base of the buttress until you come to routes in The Good, The Excellent and The Ugly Area." acknowledgement="" history="" intro="The far lefthand end of the Organ Pipes is a confusion of  indistinct ridges, short spurs and buttresses  and steep vegetated slopes. The most reasonably continuous line is found on Van Diemen Buttress, to the left of a number of short but steep walls and chimneys.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;Further right is Broken Buttress a relatively low buttress bordering both sides of a short steep gully known as Fools Couloir. Fools Couloir culminates in a gendarmed ridge and is sometimes mistaken from the top as the descent route down Avalanche Couloir. If a descent of Fools Couloir is made, an abseil is required to reach the bottom.&lt;br/&gt;" name="Broken Buttress" rock="Broken dolerite buttresses" sun="Not much sun" walk="20 min" id="1" camping="" autonumber="true"/>
  <text class="heading2" id="13">Van Diemen Buttress</text>
  <text class="text" id="14">Van Diemen Buttress is a narrow, sloping buttress well to the south of the main climbing areas. From the junction of the Sawmill Track and the Organ Pipes Track, continue south for another 100m or so before cutting up through a narrow band of scrub onto a a large block scree slope, heading for a distinctive square shaped face on the ridge above.</text>
  <climb extra="" grade="11" length="" name="Van Diemen Buttress" number="1." stars="" id="15" fa="Various stages due to J. Elliott, M. Elphick, P. Hewitt, B. Higgins, P. Johnstone, J. Manning, 1959.">One of the earliest routes on the Pipes, generally following the crest of the stepped buttress. Start at the very toe of the Buttress&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;1. 13m Climb the short pillar to a large ledge below the square face &lt;br/&gt;2. Continue up until progress is blocked by a short tower which is split by a crack on the right&lt;br/&gt;3. Either climb this direct, or veer to the left before rejoining the crest via a short cleft &lt;br/&gt;4. After another pitch along the crest, a further gendarme blocks the way &lt;br/&gt;5. Climb halfway to the top, then either ascend the gendarme direct, or traverse around to the right to a ledge &lt;br/&gt;6. Continue either straight up the wall above, or via the crack on the right.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;</climb>
  <climb id="119" stars="" extra="" number="2." name="More or Less" length=" 145m" grade="17" fa="P. Robinson, C. Rathbone  Nov, 2016.">The result of an exploratory trip to join a series of small buttresses halfway between Van Diemen Buttress and Seamstress. An adventure route with the usual trappings.&lt;br/&gt;Access: 30-40m south of the Sawmill-Organ Pipes track junction, bash uphill to the base of the first prominent buttress right of Van Diemen Buttress.&lt;br/&gt;1. 18m. Climb the short hand jam crack and the left side of the corner followed by a neat traverse right around the nose and up a few metres to belay.&lt;br/&gt;2. 14m. Continue to the top of a large block followed by a difficult move with marginal pro onto the wall above. Belay on a large platform.&lt;br/&gt;3. 8m. The steep wall to a large ledge, committing, even with a point of aid being used.&lt;br/&gt;4. 25m. Thrash upward to a steep finger-hand crack and onward to belay at a myrtle tree.&lt;br/&gt;5. 20m. Continue thrashing to a huge spectacular chockstone, surmount this, moving right and up until one can traverse left to the base of a wide crack on a clean buttress.&lt;br/&gt;6. 20m. Climb 4-5m up the crack and traverse delicately right around the arête to balance on a sloping ledge on the wall. Layback and climb to a perch on top of a large block. Although it rocks slightly, the block appears well attached.The wall above leads to a large open area.&lt;br/&gt;7. 40m. Easily to the upper Van Diemen ridge.&lt;br/&gt;Exit over huge boulders high on Van Diemen’s to the top of Fools Couloir. Ascend to the top of the mountain or descend Avalanche Couloir.&lt;br/&gt;</climb>
  <text id="16" class="heading2">Broken Buttress</text>
  <text id="17" class="text">To get to routes on Broken Buttress, which start near the base of Fools Couloir, continue along from the far left hand end of University Buttress.</text>
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  <climb extra="" grade="16" length="48m" name="Spurline" number="3." stars="" id="7" fa="R. Alsop, M. Douglas, A. Keller, Mar 1968. Direct Finish: R. Mansfield, P. Robinson, Sep 1980.">The southeast spur of Broken Buttress. Seen from the Organ Pipes track, it is the notched skyline spur. Start at the top of the first step on the spur. 1. 30m. Climb to the base of the crack which forms a direct line up the spur. Up this and a short crack on the right to a large platform. 2. 18m. Two options: (a) Original Route: Up a short chimney, exit right and climb the left hand of two cracks; (b) Direct Finish: Follow a short jam crack to a large ledge, then climb the right hand crack. Either continue up the ridge, or traverse off right.</climb>
  <text id="122" class="text">To get to Seamstress and Assault Course is not so easy.&lt;br/&gt;Follow access to The Good, The Excellent and The Ugly Buttress then scramble or rap down the left side of this ledge into the vegetated gully. Scramble back up the jungle on other side to access the base of Seamstress. You can rap off the first U bolt of seamstress to get back down to the base of the jungle gully.</text>
  <climb extra="Þ ↓" grade="25" length="20m" name=" Seamstress" number="4." stars="**" id="6" fa="S. Edwards, Nov 1995.">Lovely climbing on the high orange wall left of Assault Course. The crux is near the top. Mostly on bolts to DBB, but also requires some natural gear (BD #0.3, #0.5 and #1).</climb>
  <climb extra="↓" grade="23" length="20m" name="Assault Course" number="5." stars="*" id="5" fa="N. Deka, S. Bunton, Nov 1987.">A strenuous excursion.The direct finish is now taken by Seamstress. From Start Me Up, scramble up the gully 5m left to the base of the imposing orange wall capped by a huge block. Start at a hand crack on the right hand side of the smooth wall. Climb the hand crack for 10m, step left to gain a finger crack, and follow this until forced right to a large ledge. Abseil off.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="19" length="30m" name="Start Me Up" stars="" id="4" fa="N. Deka, S. Bunton, Nov 1987." number="6.">Press the go button. Start 5m left of Crestline, at the lower pillar at the right hand end of Broken Buttress. Climb a finger/hand crack to the horizontal weakness halfway up the pillar. Move insecurely right, and follow the arête just left of the Crestline groove to the top. Abseil off or continue as for Crestline.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="16" length="45m" name="Crestline" number="7." stars="" id="3" fa="U. Aurelli, D. Cox, P. Sands, Nov 1961. FFA: P. Robinson, R. Mansfield, Sep 1980.">Follows the nose a metre left of the base of Fools Couloir, starting at a dirty groove that splits at 12m. Up the groove taking the left hand line. The unctuous crux at 15m was originally climbed with a point of aid. Continue up to a platform and either traverse off to the right into Fools Couloir, or continue up several easy pitches among the spires on the skyline ridge.</climb> 
  <text class="heading3" id="109">The Good, The Excellent and The Ugly Buttress</text>
  <text class="text" id="110">This buttress is a bit of effort to get to, but has some excellent climbing. Continue left from Two Angry Young Men up a rough track to another orange and black streaked buttress, which overlooks Fool's Couloir. Descent for the following four routes is by abseil from rap station above The Way (30m).</text>
  <climb extra="8Þ ↓" grade="22" length="20m" name="The Truth" number="8." stars="*" id="116" fa="R. Parkyn, Nov 1994.">Un-obvious, bizarre and interesting. This route starts 2m left of The Way and follows the seam and bulge just right of the arete. Finish at DBB on the ledge at the end of pitch one of The Way. Fully bolted.</climb>
  <climb extra="11Þ ↓" grade="24" length="30m" name="The Way" number="9." stars="**" id="115" fa="R. Parkyn, Oct 1994.">Pumpy face climbing up a slightly overhanging wall 10m left of The Good, The Excellent and The Ugly. &lt;br/&gt;1. 20m 24. Quite a tricky start. The difficulty (but not necessarily the pump) decreases with height. Can also be done by traversing right after the first U-bolt and climbing a crack-line to the right (clipping the U-bolts by reaching left) then re-joining the route between the 3rd and 4th bolts. It's a pleasant enough variation, and one or two grades easier, but avoids the meatiest part of the route. &lt;br/&gt;2. 10m 20. Ascend the corner and face above to the rap station (the 2nd U-bolt on this pitch is not visible from below).</climb>
  <climb extra="3Þ ↓" grade="23" length="35m" name="The Light" number="10." stars="*" id="114" fa="R. Parkyn, Mar 1995.">Start on the face between The Way and TGTETU. Technical climbing past three U-bolts leads to a crack, about grade 18 to finish.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="22" length="30m" name="The Good, The Excellent and The Ugly" number="11." stars="*" id="113" fa="D. Stephenson, N. Deka, 1988.">Takes the line on the right and front of the buttress. Climb the finger crack to the bulge, surmount this (crux), and continue up the dirty right hand crack above to the top. Abseil off.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="15" length="125m" name="Prodigal" number="12." stars="" id="112" fa="G. Kowalik, P. Robinson, Nov 1981.">A rambling route with sketchy route details that starts at TGTETU, traverses right, crosses TAYM and finishes up left of Sisyphus. Scramble left up the vegetated ramp to the base of the buttress. &lt;br/&gt;1. 35m. A long traverse up and right over grassy ledges leads to a short crack below a big grassy ledge. &lt;br/&gt;2. 10m. Up the crack and move right past TAYM pitch 2, to belay on the ledge below two easy cracks. &lt;br/&gt;3. 25m. Climb the cracks, taking the right one near the top. Scramble up to the small buttress with a thin clean crack. &lt;br/&gt;4. 15m. Crux. Climb the enjoyable crack. &lt;br/&gt;5. 40m. Follow the ridge easily until one can scramble down into Fool's Couloir (abseil at bottom), continue to the top and walk over to and down Avalanche Couloir.</climb>
  <climb id="118" name="Blind Faith" length="35m" grade="21" stars="*" number="13." fa="S. Edwards, Feb 1995." extra="">Start 20m right and up from TGTETU, below a nose of rock. Climb the steep wall (crux) to an easier crack. Finish up the hand-crack on the left side of the nose. Abseil off a bollard (take your own sling).</climb>
  <text class="heading2" id="8">Upper Fools Couloir</text>
  <text class="text" id="9">Although the routes are short, access to the climbs in the upper reaches of Fools Couloir is easy and quick from the summit carpark, the rock is excellent, and there is a potential for more lines in the future, making it an ideal summer evening crag. It's quite a complex area of small columns and pillars. The easiest way to the top of the couloir is to walk down the northern fence-line of the enclosure surrounding the communications tower, then head in the same line for 5 minutes down the hill, passing a couple of cairns. You should end up at the top of the couloir, and be able to see the double FH on top of Short Changed, next to a cairn. From here you can set up a fixed line off the anchors and rap in. Alternatively, about 40m south is a gully at the SW branch of the couloir (GPS: MTW190) which leads down through scrub to the chain on top of No Fools Like Old Fools which is the easiest way to approach these climbs. For the North Ridge climbs, walk and scramble down the ridge about half way, and then either scramble down into the couloir, or set up a rap.</text>
  <text id="33" class="heading3">Redneck Ridge</text>
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  <text id="24" class="text">Access to the routes on the gendarmed ridge on the south west (right) side of the couloir is via a rap chain on top of No Fools Like Old Fools. From the top of the couloir, traverse south (right) to a rough track that leads to the top of the first group of gendarmes. It is possible to scramble down into the main couloir from the bottom of the abseil. The first route is beside the rap station pillar.</text>
  <climb extra="" grade="19" length="20m" name="Tired Clichés" number="14." stars="**" id="12" fa="A. Adams, Pete Steane, Nov 1992. Alt finish: K. Robinson, P. Robinson, Jan 2010.">This is on the SW face of Brand New Lies gendarme. Climb the layback crack and finish up left or alternatively follow the wide crack trending right to a tricky traverse right across the wall then straight up. Sustained.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="12" length="15m" name="Brand New Lies" number="15." stars="" id="11" fa="Pete Steane, A. Adams, Nov 1992.">Found on the next gendarme downhill from Rick the Redneck. Step off the boulder and climb the hand crack on the NW face. Follow the crack to the top. Rap off via the chockstone. Looks hard for the grade.</climb>
  <climb id="121" stars="*" extra="" number="16." name="The Frightful Hog" length="20m" grade="19" fa="B. Armstrong, R. Hardy,May 2017">The NE face of the highest gendarme is split by a crack. Up the wide crack, grunt past the delightful rooflet with the welcome assistance of the arête. Fists, big fists and a touch of off-width.</climb>
  <climb extra="" grade="19" length="25m" name="Rick the Redneck" number="17." stars="*" id="10" fa="Pete Steane, A. Adams, Nov 1992.">Start as for The Frightful Hog. Follow the crack for 4m up to the bulge on the right wall. Step right below the bulge and climb an appealing line 1m to the right. Follow the line to the top, finishing left. Hard for the grade.</climb>
  <climb id="19" name="Keep Your Hair On" length="12m" grade="17" fa="A. Brooks, A. Beech, T. McKenny , Jan 2011" stars="*" number="18." extra="">Takes left facing corner crack on left end of gendarmes. Well protected. Straight up with some balancy moves at around 3m. Then up the hand jam crack to the top.</climb>
  <climb id="18" name="No Fools Like Old Fools" length="12m" grade="18" stars="*" fa="T. McKenny, D. Gray, I. Snape, Jan 2011." number="19." extra="↓">Steep, well protected and sustained crack climbing on excellent rock. Chain on top of the column.</climb>
  <text id="31" class="heading3">Head of Fools Couloir</text>
  <text id="25" class="text">Immediately below the cairned anchors (double bolt) at the head of the couloir is an area of 5-10 meter blocks. Rap in off the anchor or scramble in around the south side.</text>
  <climb id="32" stars="" name="Short Changed" length="8m" grade="21" extra="3Þ ↓" fa="J.Nermut, D. Humphries, Jan 2011." number="20.">The left hand arête directly below the double bolt anchor.</climb>
  <climb id="26" stars="*" name="Insecurity" length="8m" grade="23" extra="3Þ ↓" fa="D. Humphries, J. Nermut, Jan 2011." number="21.">The right hand arête. Stick clip the first bolt. Bouldery smears lead to a jug and slabby top-out.</climb>
  <text id="29" class="heading3">Fools North Ridge</text>
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  <text id="27" class="text">The whole north ridge is actually in the sun in the evening. The Fools Gold crack is located a few metres to the left, as you face the crag, of a very obvious horizontal pillar (visible from the rap station at the top) that juts out into the gully, directly opposite the Rick the Redneck gendarme.</text>
  <climb id="28" name="Fools Gold" length="12m" grade="18" fa="T. McKenny, I. Snape, Jan 2011." number="22." stars="" extra="">The continuous crack line, capped with a jammed block at the top. A difficult off-widthy start leads to good climbing, finishing out over the block.</climb>
  <text id="35" class="text">Continue down the ridge line to a flat shelf. Abseil in to the couloir floor and traverse right towards the large spike on the arête.</text>
  <climb id="36" number="23." name="Balrog" length="18m" grade="14" fa="I. Snape, A. Brooks, T. McKenny, Feb 2011." stars="" extra="">Climb the deep chimney about 2m left of the spike and finish up the twin cracks behind. Better than it looks but care needed with loose rock at the chockstone.</climb>
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