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Table of contents

1. The Big Cliff 15 routes in Area

All Trad

Long/Lat: 145.347544, -38.562503

Access Issues: inherited from Cape Woolamai

This is a sea cliff, so tides are an obvious factor. Check charts before departing. Grassy areas atop the cliffs are rookeries for mutton birds and penguins, so stick to established tracks. Nest burrows will collapse if trodden on. This is a special and unique environment, so read the signs and behave accordingy

Ethic: inherited from Cape Woolamai

Trad ethic predominates, largely due to the the short lifespan of fixed steel in the salty spray. Anchors are often slung bollards so bring some tat to lower off

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Matelot 11 Trad 120m
2 * Poseidon 15 Trad 66m
3 * Tsunami 14 Trad 85m
4 * The Plunge 16 Trad 55m
5 The Plunge Direct Start 16 Trad 20m
6 The Ancient Mariner 14 Trad 67m
7 Carious Crack 11 Trad 75m
8 Carious Crack Variant 12 Trad 21m
9 Carious Crack Variant Start 16 Trad 20m
10 ** Popeye 19 Trad 78m
11 * Barnacle Bill 16 Trad 73m
12 * Nostromo 15 Trad 85m
13 King Neptune 14 Trad 60m
14 The Candle 9 Trad 22m
15 The Mermaid 17 Trad 35m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
9 The Candle Trad 22m
11 Carious Crack Trad 75m
Matelot Trad 120m
12 Carious Crack Variant Trad 21m
14 King Neptune Trad 60m
The Ancient Mariner Trad 67m
* Tsunami Trad 85m
15 * Nostromo Trad 85m
* Poseidon Trad 66m
16 * Barnacle Bill Trad 73m
Carious Crack Variant Start Trad 20m
* The Plunge Trad 55m
The Plunge Direct Start Trad 20m
17 The Mermaid Trad 35m
19 ** Popeye Trad 78m