We used to live on Sublime Point, so the Copeland Pass and Lindemans Pass are familiar territory. The three of us took a brisk walk down to the climbers ledge and along to the wire that leads to the start of Sweet Dreams - probably one of the most popular climbs in the upper blue mountains.
It was a perfect start to February.
Cales walked out to the next rock…
Continuing down the nose all the way to Lindemans Pass is the easyish option to complete the pass. There are a couple of tricky climbdowns, and lots of slippery she-oak underfoot. Look back occasionally to see the ‘impossible’ cliff face that you just descended.
And for the more adventurous, the ridge can be followed down to the Sewerage Works Road. It’s steep, with a short handline to assist negotiation of the steepest section. The descent is about 450m over 1.6km. Starting from the tree 3m West of the nose cairn, follow the ever so faint track (steeply) down due South. The whole route follows the ridge due South, except for slight zig zag deviations to avoid the cliffy bit. In the ferny section about half way down the track completely disappears, but sticking to the ridge (and staying due South) will pick it up. At the low bluffs, head slightly west to a solid tree and descend the handlines. Panoramic views of Mt Solitary and Three Sisters can be had before the descent. The track is a little more distinct from here onwards. And at the Sewerage Works Rd head in whichever direction you left your spare car… or head back the way you came.
The whole route (around 15km) is a full day walk for most with no water en-route and over 900m of ascent and another 900m of descent.