To say winter temps can get a little chilly in the mountains is a bit of an understatement. It can regularly struggle to reach double figures during the day and for those with feeble fingers that cant take the cold, climbing can become somewhat less fun. There are the odd sun spots however and Bowens Creek is one of them. Tucked away over the other side of the Gross Valley this hidden crag is a winter haven. Dont let the 45 minute walk in put you off, its not all that bad and the climbing here is excellent. Tho on the way out you may curse – despite how it feels most of the way in you are walking downhill and it can be a killer on tired legs at the end of a hard day.
Those who do put the effort in are rewarded with spring like conditions where it is possible to climb in shorts and a T-shirt on even the coldest of winter days. In fact you’ll want to get on you projects early as the rock can get surprisingly warm and greasy come late afternoon. Don’t let this pleasant climate fool you though. A duvet jacket is still a necessity as once the sun drops behind the other side of the valley, winter again takes it grip and it will get very cold very quickly. Thankfully, by the time you’ve cursed and struggled your way up the track back to the fire trail, you’ll usually be greeted with the last rays of the sunlight as you head back to the car