I have climbed at Nortons Basin before and found it a reasonable crag. Two of the cliffs are set high above the Nepean River with Nortons Basin – a large pool below. On Anzac Day – I joined Stu, Enmoore, Martin, Steffy and Albert for a day of climbing.
The weather was quite nice – but the crag was not so good. The area has become a rubbish dump. A huge number of stolen cars have been dumped off the cliffs, there is a lot of other rubbish around – paper and plastic bags, plastic bottles, broken glass bottles…. You get the picture. Its a shame! It is a really great location.
The climbs were mixed. There has not been much traffic and many of the climbs were dirty and dusty making them hard for their grades. Also – a lot of the bolts are now old and look a bit suspect.
On our visit, we could not cross the river, to what may be the best of the three cliffs. We started by bashing around to the base of the cliffs on the West Side Crag. Its easier to get to this cliff via a set of chains, but Martin and myself had forgotten the way. The climbs here start from a dodgy ledge.
After lunch, we headed to the lower Riverside Crag. Martin had been there before, but the track was buried under a huge mass of dense lantana. We eventually found a clear higher way, that led to the gauging station – and we knew the climbs were below.
Despite the rubbish – there was a lot of wildlife around. We saw, what look like a huge eel in the Warragamba River. It must have been 2 m long! And several eagles circled overhead.
Nortons Basin is described in the Sydney Rock Climbing Club Online Guide
More photos on my website here.