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1. Rosa Gully 19 routes in Area

Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 151.284073, -33.860694


Although Rosa Gully sports some pretty big cliffs and easy access it's a remarkably unpopular crag, especially when you consider that Diamond Bay (which is right next door) is very popular. This is probably because the rock in Rosa Gully is damp most of the year (particularly during summer or when an easterly is blowing) and all of the fixed protection rotted away a millenia ago. Be that as it may, there are reputedly some pretty good routes down there, and there is certainly potential for new ones for those willing to put in a bit of effort. There are enough bolts for five highines, with all the bolts in excellent condition. For full details see the guide for this area: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DUY4XULolttRgPqUkUi_z7cH5oTf6QtkWctdvA4bw4A/edit


Rosa Gully is located just north of Diamond Bay and parking for both the crags is the same. From the carpark follow the footpath north through the park. At the north eastern end of the park head over to the fence where it creates a small inward corner. Climb over the fence just to the right of the warning sign. From here pick up the track through the trees leading down into the gully. This track heads into the northern branch (the gully has two branches) and continues into the main gully. Scramble down the main gully and towards the water where the existing climbs are located. An obvious feature is the ladder at the mouth of the gully on the northern side. This leads up to the Walk Around Ledge which continues north for several hundred metres and where some of the climbs start from. It's worthwhile taking a wander along the ledge even if you don't plan on climbing since it's quite interesting. The routes are described from left to right (from the southern side to the northern side) facing the cliff. If you're prepared to do so, it would be easier to rap in from the south side of the gully using the copious amount of highlining ring bolts and carrots in place and collect your anchors on the way out. There are probably more ring bolts on top of the cliff than on it's face, so finding them is no issue. Access to the mouth of the gully vanishes when the waves are rough.


The area was opened in the 1970s with a couple of routes from Mike Law, Gary Eggans, and Matt Dunstan, and substantially developed by Mike Law in the 1980s. The area has seen some re-bolting, but all of the climbs need new bolts before it will see any level of popularity.

1.1. Rosa Gully 19 routes in Area

Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 151.284215, -33.860577


The rock in Rosa Gully stays quite wet after rain. This is due to the run off from the above nature strip/park opposite the houses. The northern side is devoid of sun as well during the day so the sand stones only chance of drying is from the gust of wind going up and down the gully.

The sand stone on the south side can stay quite wet after heavy rain and can get some run off from the above park. Luckily the south side gets a semi dose of the sun throughout the day to dry it off. The wind going up and down the gully also helps to dry it off.

All the fixed pro resembles blobs of rusted metal which could almost be pulled out by hand.


You can rap in from one of the many highline anchors in place on the south side near the mouth of the gully (straight above Pox). Walk in from the grassy 'Vee" between the 2 branches of the gully is ok, can be tricky if wet or locals are watering the community garden. Approach time is via walking in.

Best approach is to rap in from one of the many highline anchors in place on the south side. The walk in from the south side of the gully can be wet . Approach time is via walking in.


Developed by everyone's favorite Mike Law back in the 1980's.

Initially developed by Mike Law in the 70's.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Pornflakes

About 40m back up the gully, below a chossy left tending flake.

Up the flake.

Mikl Law 1980's

15Trad 10m
2 Vril

"A ficticious natural force". Retrobolted and much saner. Awkward moves all the way, origionally led ground up on natural gear. About 12m right of P, and about 18m left of the ladder, on the left edge of an obvious orange wall with a crack running up the centre (SS).

Follow the cracks to a small roof, then head right and up to the top.

Mikl Law 1980's

FA: mikl law, 1980

20Sport 12m, 5
3 ** Chance and Necessity

2m right of V.

Head up the flake (manky BRs), then head left and up to a horizontal. Step right here and continue up (rotten BRs) then right again to a short crack.

Mike Law 1980s

24Trad 15m
4 * Surrogate Sickle

Below the obvious crack in the middle of the orange wall, about 6m left of the ladder. An enjoyable and technical little outing, but unfortunately the bolts are pretty far gone (for a change!).

Mike Law 1980s

21Trad 15m
5 * Trick City

1m right of SS. Head up and slightly right past break and corroded BRs. Continue to roof and finish up cracks.

Mike Law 1980s

23Trad 15m
6 Project Sam

Up the flake to the roof, then blast out right onto great rock aiming for a rail, then up to meet the Tourist Route.

This might go on gear. Please don't bolt just yet.

Up flake, find a way through roof on the left, then up twin cracks on either side of arete.

2BB on ledge.

Sport Project 15m
7 ** Tourist Route

Start below the corner 3m right of TC and 2m left of ladder.

  1. 15m (16) Up the corner, veer left and continue up cracks (crux). Lower off at 15m

  2. 30m (15) Continue up and slightly left on ledges.

FA: mikl law, 1978

16Trad 45m 2
8 Tourist Route Variant

Start as for TR

  1. 15m (15) Up TR for 10m, then step right to cracks and follow these to the belay/loweroff.

  2. 30m (15) As for TR.

FA: mikl law, 1978

18Trad 45m 2
9 Lorencz Contraction

The following climbs all start either above or below the walk around ledge (which is accessed by the ladder that is located just here). Take care on the ladder...

Doddle up ladder, then continue slightly left and up to roof. Jam through this up the thin crack then continue up to cave (manky BB).

Mikl Law 1980's

20Trad 30m
10 * Posturing

On the walk around ledge, 30m right of the ladder, below an arete. The original description describes this climb as "coronary country". I hate to think what it must be like now, after 12 more years of weathering!

  1. 20m (21) Jump to gain wall, then dangle right and up (BR) to corner. Follow arete to ledge (corroded BB).

  2. 20m (19) Head up and left and follow scrappy corners to the top.

Mikl Law 1980's

21Trad 40m 2
11 Obscurity

The following two climbs start below the walk around ledge.

10m right and 15m below P (just left of the obvious flake of ACF).

  1. 15m (19) Drift up and left up wall and flake to the walk around ledge.

  2. 18m (18) Head up the corner and step right to the arete. Head up this to a ledge with a crappy BB to the right.

  3. 25m (18) Head right underneath the flake and layback up it. At the top head right to the corner and up to the belay.

  4. 20m Continue up the corner then step left and continue to top.

Mikl Law 1980's

19Trad 78m 4
12 * A Certain Flair

The obvious smooth flake, 2m right of O.

  1. Climb the flake to the walk around ledge.

Mike Law 1980s

23Trad 16m
13 *** The Last Wave

Fun sea sport cliffing with the usual mix of choss and pleasure. Loses the sun in summer by 11am. Retrobolts half of the first pitch of Karen's Climb then does a long direct finish. The walk in down Rosa Gully and up the ladder and ledges is nice, you can also rap in on a 50 m rope from the top if you want to suss out the crux moves (leave a rope fixed, hard to pull down and it’ll probably end up in the ocean).

Take about 11 draws and 2 slings for belays.

Down Rosa Gully and up the ladder, then walk along the ledge 15m above the sea for 100m to a small honeycombed ramp.

  1. 19 28m Up ramp to weird mantel then up and left to belay.

  2. 18 12 m Leftwards below choss and up to belay

  3. 20 10m Up to roof and a few stiff moves.

FA: Mikl Law, Vanessa Peterson , Warwick Payten, Jeff Crass, 2014

20Sport 50m 3
14 Karen's Climb

Start below right tending ramp, just past the arete approximately 60m right of aCF (approx. 100m from the ladder). Scary.

  1. 15m (18) Up ramp (very weathered BRs), step right around the arete, then follow the thin crack up to a belay ledge (very dodgy BB). Very poorly protected.

  2. 30m Follow corner for approximately 5m, then easily left to belay on slab below roof (manky BB).

  3. 30m Climb up slab and V crack then left to ledge. Head straight up from here, then step right to another crack. Follow this to the top.

Mikl Law 1980's

17Trad 75m 3
15 Breakers

About 3m right of KC.

  1. 40m (21) Climb up, veering left to bulge (crux). After this, continue up and right past assorted fixed protection (all badly weathered) to belay in a corner that breaks through the rooves (manky BB).

  2. 30m Head up corner, then traverse left around the arete and on for about 8m. Wander up to top.

Mikl Law 1980's

20Trad 70m 2
16 ** Pox

About 3m right of the arete at the mouth of the gully, opposite the ladders, on 2nd biggest boulder. Clip 1st bolt with a screwgate and step left and up past another 8 Ubolts to a loweroff. 1st pitch retrobolted 2014

There is the old trad 2nd pitch:-

  1. 10m Up and over roof (17ish)

Gary Eggins 1970s

FA: Garry Eggins, Mikl Law trad, 1979

18Sport 25m, 9
17 ** Pocks

Start on biggest boulder. Up the ledge and carefull clip 3rd bolt then onwards through roofs. Better to be short or tall on this

FA: mikl, 2014

22Sport 30m
18 Matt's Climb

Reasonable trad climbing, start 4m R of the biggest boulder. Hard start to Ubolt then up cracks and breaks to ledge at 4 m (this is a new direct start, the old route traversed in easily from atop the big boulder). Up rounded corner, double ropes help as there's a god crack 1m right. Belay possible on ledge (Ubolts and a big cam).

Head up and right up wall, (Ubolt, carrot) and up a short dirty corner (Ubolt) step left to next corner under a roof. Head left (Ubolt) under the roof then continue up crack, Ubolt and traverse right to belay. Short finish scramble.

FA: mikl law, matt dunstan, 1978

20Mixed 40m, 5
19 *** Funky Moves

Intersting moves the whole way. This climbs the corners on the left edge of the big cave some 13m R of Matts Climb. Easiest to walk up 5m into the cave and walk left to the line of rings. Up the line to a 3 ring anchor over the top (too high to lower off). It replaces an old sandbag 15 (!) which probabaly climbed the start a bit furtehr left then continued up the corner past 2 carrots.

FA: Jeff Cras, 2014

20Sport 40m, 12

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
15 Pornflakes Trad 10m 1.1. Rosa Gully
16 ** Tourist Route Trad 45m 2 1.1. Rosa Gully
17 Karen's Climb Trad 75m 3 1.1. Rosa Gully
18 ** Pox Sport 25m, 9 1.1. Rosa Gully
Tourist Route Variant Trad 45m 2 1.1. Rosa Gully
19 Obscurity Trad 78m 4 1.1. Rosa Gully
20 Breakers Trad 70m 2 1.1. Rosa Gully
*** Funky Moves Sport 40m, 12 1.1. Rosa Gully
Lorencz Contraction Trad 30m 1.1. Rosa Gully
Matt's Climb Mixed 40m, 5 1.1. Rosa Gully
*** The Last Wave Sport 50m 3 1.1. Rosa Gully
Vril Sport 12m, 5 1.1. Rosa Gully
21 * Posturing Trad 40m 2 1.1. Rosa Gully
* Surrogate Sickle Trad 15m 1.1. Rosa Gully
22 ** Pocks Sport 30m 1.1. Rosa Gully
23 * A Certain Flair Trad 16m 1.1. Rosa Gully
* Trick City Trad 15m 1.1. Rosa Gully
24 ** Chance and Necessity Trad 15m 1.1. Rosa Gully
? Project Sam Sport Project 15m 1.1. Rosa Gully