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This was a simple web crowdsource project to see what were the 50 most classic climbs in Australia. The format of this survey (general public voting on a web page) was hotly disputed. Who determines what is a classic climb? What makes a classic climb anyway?

Here is the final tally after more than 1000 votes.

Rank Votes Climb Grade Length Area State
1 20 Skink 18 II Arapiles VIC
2 14 Burger Meister 24 II Blue Mountains NSW
3 13 Watchtower Crack 16 II Arapiles VIC
4 12 Boy From Oz 26 I Blue Mountains NSW
5 12 Weak As I Am 23 I Blue Mountains NSW
6 12 The Eternity 18 I Blue Mountains NSW
7 11 It Came From Outa Uranus 25 I Blue Mountains NSW
8 11 Funnel To Oblivion 28 I Blue Mountains NSW
9 11 Navel Aviator 27 I Blue Mountains NSW
10 11 The Lardy Ladys Lats 23 I Blue Mountains NSW
11 11 Major Tom 24 I Blue Mountains NSW
12 11 Conehead And The Barbiturates 28 I Nowra NSW
13 10 Oceanoid 17 II Arapiles VIC
14 10 Praise The Llewd 22 I Blue Mountains NSW
15 10 Brolga 16 II Arapiles VIC
16 9 Bard 12 IV Arapiles VIC
17 9 Grey Mist 16 I Point Perpendicular NSW
18 9 Integral Crack 19 I Booroomba Rocks ACT
19 9 Lloyd Of The Rings 0 I Blue Mountains NSW
20 9 Why The Long Face 25 I Blue Mountains NSW
21 9 Muldoon 13 I Arapiles VIC
22 9 Disco Dancer 0 III Grose Valley NSW
23 9 Tannin 19 I Arapiles VIC
24 9 Llewdicous 17 I Blue Mountains NSW
25 8 Birdman Of Alcatraz 23 I Arapiles VIC
26 8 Blimp 20 I Grampians VIC
27 8 Excalibur 17 II Wolgan Valley NSW
28 8 Devils Dihedral 20 I Frog Buttress QLD
29 8 Martin Llewder King 24 I Blue Mountains NSW
30 8 Janicepts 21 I Blue Mountains NSW
31 8 Arachnus 9 III Arapiles VIC
32 8 Tiptoe Ridge 3 III Arapiles VIC
33 8 Kachoong 21 I Arapiles VIC
34 8 Infinity 19 I Frog Buttress QLD
35 8 Passport To Insanity 27 IV Grampians VIC
36 8 Agamemnon 9 I Arapiles VIC
37 8 Jinx 19 I Blue Mountains NSW
38 8 Downwind Of Angels 19 I Moonarie SA
39 8 Mirrorman 18 II Wolgan Valley NSW
40 8 Dr. Freeze 22 III Wolgan Valley NSW
41 8 Auto Da Fe 21 I Arapiles VIC
42 8 Resignation 15 II Arapiles VIC
43 8 Flight of the Phoenix 18 IV Warrumbungles NSW
44 8 Totem Pole 25 II TAS
45 8 Thunder Crack 20 I Arapiles NSW
46 7 Lamplighter 14 II Arapiles VIC
47 7 Conquistador 21 I Frog Buttress QLD
48 7 Rysavy Ridge 12 IV Mt. Roland TAS
49 7 Aint No Sun Shine 28 I Nowra NSW
50 7 Pine Crack 19 III Moonarie SA
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51 7 Cactus 18 III Wolgan Valley NSW
52 7 THE Buckets Of Jism 19 II Moonarie NSW
53 7 Maharajah Flake Start 17 I Mt. Buffalo VIC
54 7 Serpentine 29 II Grampians VIC
55 7 Where Angels Fear To Tread 17 IV Mt. Buffalo VIC
56 7 Judgement Day 19 III Arapiles VIC
57 7 Eurydice 18 II Arapiles VIC
58 7 Skyrocket 20 I Mt. Wellington TAS
59 7 Bunny Bucket Buttress 18 IV Grose Valley NSW
60 7 Scorpion 18 I Arapiles VIC
61 7 Punks In The Gym 32 I Arapiles VIC
62 7 The Ascension 21 II Grampians VIC
63 6 Telstar 19 III Blue Mountains NSW
64 6 Missing Link 17 I Arapiles VIC
65 6 Orestes 23 I Arapiles VIC
66 6 The Fear 19 I Sydney Sea Cliffs NSW
67 6 Hard Rain 22 A1 IV Mt. Buffalo VIC
68 6 Flake Crack 17 I Blue Mountains NSW
69 6 The Mantle Machine 14 I Sydney Urban NSW
70 6 Toyland 25 I Blue Mountains NSW
71 6 Smoked Banana 17 II Frog Buttress QLD
72 6 A Taste Of Honey 21 I Arapiles VIC
73 6 Hermes 16 I Booroomba Rocks ACT
74 6 Ozymandias 28 I Mt. Buffalo NSW
75 6 Ozymandias Aid 16 A2 V Mt. Buffalo NSW
76 6 Top One Thomo 27 I Nowra NSW
77 6 Hangover Layback 15 I Moonarie SA
78 6 Impulse 24 I Frog Buttress QLD
79 6 The Second Coming 22 II Arapiles NSW
80 6 Much Of A Muchness 21 I Blue Mountains NSW
81 5 Technical Ecstasy 19 III Grampians VIC
82 5 Comic Relief 21 I Arapiles VIC
83 5 Ramadan 19 I Ben Lomond NSW
84 5 Gentlemans Drag 23 I Blue Mountains NSW
85 5 Hairline 2000 28 I Blue Mountains NSW
86 5 Heretic 17 III Grampians VIC
87 5 Vulture Street 17 I West Cape Howe WA
88 5 Khe Sanh 20 I Wolgan Valley NSW
89 5 Trojan 14 I Glasshouse Mountains QLD
90 5 Echo Crack 25 II Blue Mountains NSW
91 5 Tarantula 19 I Arapiles VIC
92 5 Spiegals Overhang 10 III Cathedral Ranges VIC
93 5 Baylac Direct 18 II Albany WA
94 4 Ruby Of India 15 II Mt. Maroon QLD
95 4 Beefcake 0 I Blue Mountains NSW
96 4 Blond Gift 25 I Blue Mountains NSW
97 4 Albatross 15 II Albany WA
98 4 Aquilla 21 I Ben Lomond TAS
99 4 Navarre 17 I Grampians VIC
100 4 Apline 12 I Coles Bay TAS
101 4 Elspeth 14 I Point Perpendicular NSW
102 4 Landslide Chimney 18 I Blue Mountains NSW
103 4 Sizzler 19 I Wolgan Valley NSW
104 4 Morfydd 19 I Arapiles VIC
105 4 Cornerstone Rib 13 III Warrumbungles NSW
106 4 Tierry Le Fronde 16 IV Frenchman's Cap TAS
107 4 West Wall 13 III Blue Mountains NSW
108 4 Arocknaphobia 22 I Coles Bay TAS
109 4 Aunty Jack 19 I Blue Mountains NSW
110 4 Andrews Climb 16 I Bangor West NSW
111 4 Checkmate 17 II Arapiles VIC
112 4 The Eighty Minute Hour 18 I Blue Mountains NSW
113 4 Sapphire Rose 22 II TAS
114 4 The Knuckle 19 I Wolgan Valley NSW
115 4 Sentinel Ridge 14 III Mt. Wellington TAS
116 4 Mr Joshua 26 I Grampians VIC
117 4 The Minotaur 19 II Blue Mountains NSW
118 3 The Last Rites 19 III Grampians VIC
119 3 Caves Route 4 II Glasshouse Mountains QLD
120 3 Worrying Heights 24 I Frog Buttress QLD
121 3 The Lonely Sea 18 II Grampians VIC
122 3 Sweat Dreams 14 IV Blue Mountains NSW
123 3 Static 22 I Wolgan Valley NSW
124 3 Weaselburger 23 IV Blue Mountains NSW
125 3 The Climb 18 I West Cape Howe WA
126 3 Scimitar 21 I Girraween QLD
127 3 Psychopath 18 I Blue Mountains NSW
128 3 Tsunami 29 I Blue Mountains NSW
129 3 Icehouse 15 I Glasshouse Mountains QLD
130 3 East Face 17 III Glasshouse Mountains QLD
131 3 Scimitar Wolgan Valley 18 IV Wolgan Valley NSW
132 3 Peroxide Blonde 20 I Mt. Buffalo VIC
133 3 Slider 22 I Glasshouse Mountains QLD
134 3 Northern Exposure 22 I Point Perpendicular NSW
135 3 Flamingo 19 II Wolgan Valley NSW
136 3 Monitor Madness 18 I Wolgan Valley NSW
137 3 Child In Time 22 I Frog Buttress QLD
138 3 Piranha 20 I Frog Buttress QLD
139 3 Barbe Di Vendetta 17 II Ben Lomond TAS
140 3 The Eyrie 12 II Blue Mountains NSW
141 3 Viparette 17 I Blue Mountains NSW
146 2 Kokyrahe 15 A2 II Mt. Maroon ACT
147 2 Electric Blue 19 I Blue Mountains NSW
159 2 Sultan 20 I Mt. Buffalo VIC
170 2 The Endless Pitch 24 I Moonarie NSW
171 2 Turning Of The Tide 22 I Point Perpendicular NSW
172 2 Desert Rose 27 I Grampians NSW
173 2 Blade Ridge North West Face 17 IV Federation Peak TAS
174 2 Harlequin 18 I Coles Bay TAS
175 2 The 80 Minute Hour 16 I Blue Mountains NSW
176 2 The Initiation 18 III Mt. Buffalo VIC
177 2 Zany 19 I Blue Mountains NSW
178 2 Margerine Ridge 13 IV Blue Mountains NSW
179 2 Out Of The Blue Into The Black 24 III Glasshouse Mountains QLD
180 2 Screaming Insanity 26 I Brisbane QLD
181 2 Velvet Goldmine 27 I Grampians VIC
182 2 Intermission 25 I Grampians VIC
183 2 Us Esoterics 23 I Grampians VIC
184 2 Return To Gariwerd 22 I Grampians VIC
185 2 Pot Of Gold 21 I Grampians VIC
186 2 Thing 2 22 I Blue Mountains NSW
187 2 Beatrice The Kelpie 18 I Wingello NSW
189 2 I Was A Teenager For The Cia 24 I Blue Mountains NSW
190 2 Trojan (arapiles) 25 II Arapiles VIC
197 1 Eliza 28 A4 III Apostles SA
224 1 Pilot Error 22 I Arapiles VIC
238 1 Transistor 21 I Wolgan Valley NSW
241 1 Bladderhosen 23 III Blue Mountains NSW
242 1 Ethereal 21 I Arapiles NSW
260 1 Vanderholics 18 I Nowra NSW
268 0 Tombstone Wall 15 I Blue Mountains NSW
269 0 Third Bird 18 II Mt. Wellington TAS
270 0 Geryon Traverse 17 IV Geryon & The Acropol TAS
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