<header access="Scramble up to the base of the buttress, clearly visible from the Organ Pipes Track.<br/>Descent: Rap chains are located at the top of Ophthalmia, (two abseils; 40m to sloping ledge between Lone Stranger and Ophthalmia, 40m to ground)." acknowledgement="" history="" intro="A narrow tier with a conspicuous platform (the Step) about a third of the way up the nose on the L. The base of the tier supports a large tilted slab, and the gully to the L is known as Teardrop Gully. Step Tier offers several fine climbs, all virtually next door to each other." name="Step Tier" rock="Clean dolerite cracks up to 80m" sun="Morning sun" walk="15 min" id="1"/>
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<climb extra="↓" grade="21" length="50m" name="Left Out" number="" stars="***" id="13" fa="D. Fife, Pete Steane, Jan 1991.">
A gob smacking sustained pitch. Climbs the face L of Moonraker. Start on ledge, L and 5m below the Moonraker ledge (single piton for belay). Move L along the horizontal break to the intermittent crack line. Up this and the face above for 20m to another horizontal break. Move L to the arête and climb up it to the shallow corner. Up this to The Colour of Magic DBB. Abseil from here down the wet gully or better still descend as for Ophthalmia. Take some small cams
<climb extra="" grade="23" length="45m" name=" Sucked In" number="" stars="**" id="12" fa="K. Robinson, C. Godfrey, Jan 2001.">
A direct finish to Left Out. Instead of going L onto the arête at the higher horizontal break, continue straight up.
<climb extra="" grade="20" length="25m" name="Mothers on Adrenaline" number="" stars="" id="11" fa="D. Fife, 1996.">
Follows cracks just L of the prow on the buttress to the L of Moonraker alternative start. Walk off back down access ledge of Moonraker.
<climb extra="↓" grade="16" length="77m" name="Moonraker" number="1." stars="***" id="10" fa="M. Douglas, R. Williams, Nov 1966. (1b): D. Hain, M. Dunstan, B. Kennedy, Jan 1975. (2b) H. Jackson, S. Joseph, 2011.">A deservedly popular line up the profile of Step Tier. Start at the very end of the main ledge below Step Tier. (The slab below this has been climbed as an alternative start).
1a. 30m. Ascend 2m then traverse R on dodgy rock to the prominent crack line. Follow this, past the cave, to the 'step' of the Tier.
1b. 30m. (17) Alternatively (better but a tad harder), climb directly up from the start for about 10m and then hand traverse R on the horizontal break to the cave, continuing up the original route.
2a. 42m. Climb the crack line on the south side of the prow past the old dodgy peg (still there in 2007), continuing up the walls and chimney above to finish up the arête.
2b. 25m. (17) Face Climbers Variant. Climb the arête R of the cracks until it merges with the original line. Finish as for 2a.
3. 5m. Chimney up behind the pillar to finish at the Ophthalmia abseil chains.
<climb extra="↓" grade="19" length="40m" name="One Way to the Moon" number="2." stars="" id="9" fa="A. Wilson, J. Otlowski, Dec 2001.">
Start 5m R of Moonraker and 4m L of Xenophanes. Climb the crack to the R side of the Moonraker 'hole', continue straight up the face and climb the black water-streaked wall with the thin cracks above. The gear is adequate but well spaced. Belay on the step as for Moonraker. Either rap off or continue up Moonraker.
<climb extra="↓" grade="17" length="80m" name="Xenophanes" number="3." stars="**" id="7" fa="I. Lewis, D. Hain, Jan 1974.">A clean and consistent line that is genuinely thrilling. The second line R of the start of Moonraker.
1. 24m. Climb the crack to a small sloping ledge.
2. 30m. Up a short corner and face above (mind the suspect rock) to a ledge below a wide crack. Up the crack (crux) to a belay ledge (less sweat with a #4 Camalot).
3. 26m. Follow the sensuous hand crack to a ledge, then up a short chimney behind a pillar to reach the Ophthalmia rap chains.
<climb extra="↓" grade="19" length="78m" name="Lone Stranger" number="4." stars="***" id="6" fa="K. Carrigan, I. Lewis, Jan 1974.">
Test out your finger strength! The brilliant corner that takes the LH of the two cracks in the middle of the tier R of Xenophenese.
1. 26m 16. Up a short groove, negotiate the suspect wall, then up twin cracks to LH end of terrace. Climb the groove, then over a bulge to an alcove below the overhung corner.
2. 26m 19. Bridge, hipsmear and fingerjam the steep corner to a large ledge (crux).
3. 26m 18. Switch R to the natural continuation of the Ophthalmia line. Follow the crack round two roofs to the top. Traverse L 3m to Ophthalmia rap chains.</climb>
<climb extra="↓" grade="18" length="81m" name="Ophthalmia" number="5." stars="**" id="5" fa="J. Moore, R. Williams, Mar 1967. Direct start: Phil Steane, Pete Steane, Oct 1982.">
So named after the large quantities of loose dirt which once remained after the devastating 1967 bushfires. Pitch two is steep and sustained, and harder now the dead tree has departed. The route takes the RH of two crack lines in the middle of the tier that are 4m apart.
1. 24m 16. Climb the first pitch of Lone Stranger as far as the terrace. Traverse R 4m and belay at the foot of the prominent crack. A direct start climbs the blocky orange face directly below pitch two.
2. 36m 18. Follow the line up into a chimney and a small bush (50-50 friend & foe). Navigate past the bush and up the delightful crack above to large belay ledge.
3. 21m 16. Switch to the LH crack, which has two awkward moves, one past a tea tree and one almost at the top.
<climb extra="↓" grade="16" length="80m" name="Peacepipe" number="6." stars="*" id="4" fa="J. Friend, D. Bowman, Jan 1977.">
The first pitch is fairly worthless but the second pitch is superb. Start at the far RH end of the tier under the blocky corner.
1. 35m. Climb the scrub-free zone 1m L of the corner until encouraged back R into the line. Continue to the scrubby terrace then up the vee-groove to a ledge on the RHS. Alternatively climb the first pitch of Lone Stranger as far as the terrace and traverse R across it to join the line below the vee-groove.
2. 45m. Climb the crack through the bulge to a ledge (crux). Continue up the interesting and sustained steep crack and chimney to the top. Traverse 8m L to Ophthalmia Rap chains.
<climb extra="" grade="17" length="25m" name="Sunday Morning Fever" number="7." stars="*" id="3" fa="A. Wilson, J. Otlowski, et al, Dec 2001.">
The face to the R of the Peacepipe corner. Climb the cracks and flakes, staying on the middle of the face. It's a bit run out at the bottom. Belay to the L on the step at the tree. Rap from here also (tape).
</climb><climb id="14" number="" name="Explorer" length="135m" grade="12" fa="J. Whelan, R. Williams, Oct 1966.">Take a GPS. A wandering route of consistent standard. Start as for the lower alternative start to Moonraker, at the very base of the crag.
1. 18m Up the slab.
2. 20m Up 2m on good holds, then traverse diagonally R for 10m to a vertical groove. Up this for 6m.
3. 10m Move R on scrubby terrace into a deep vee-groove.
4. 25m Chimney up the vee-groove (Peace Pipe), then move R up the nasty steep grassy slope and belay above the vegetation.
5. 10m Up the corner crack on the L to belay on a large shelf at foot of the irregular chimney.
6. 30m Follow the chimney over a bulge and into a deep recess. Continue up the wider chimney above and belay on a scrubby flat on top of the main buttress.
7. 22m Up a line of weakness to finish on a ridge leading to the top.</climb>