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Summary

Old-fashioned Pyrmont: a short wall of varying quality rock surrounded by blocks hewn from the same sandstone.

Description

Pyrmont grit, sandy in places, invaded by old fig roots and two inch drill holes, and capped with blocks, but not without its moments.

Good top-rope access and top-out from railing fence. Use of giant metal fixtures bolted to the wall is out. Climbs described left to right.

Access issues

The acme of urbanity being the antithesis of wilderness, this short wall more than makes up for it in adjacent services: a cafe (when it re-opens), children's playground, and public toilet all within 10m, for which reason it is probably best climbed when there are fewer people about, lest the lone climber be accused of loitering.

Otherwise sit back with your partner and sip your cold-pressed single origin while watching the kids play under the fountain with the French Bulldog pups, or walk another 25m and throw some pulled pork and quinoa patties on the BBQ.

Approach

Find where the very end of Harris St disappears into the harbour by bike, walk or 389 bus, then turn right and back past the cafe. The wall is below the iron railings on Pirrama Rd, between the toilet and playground.

Ethic

Urban: cool, grunge or hip. Choose you clique and matching footwear.

Routes

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Climb the block wall 1m left of the end of the cliff.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Start 0.5m R of the block wall. Pull pocket shared with fig root and fork fern (Psilotum) without dislodging either, then up to sandy edge.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Drilled pocket, big double-handed undercling, then hand in deep square hole in cheese below blocks. Mind the rats!

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Just left of 'Slot' via gritty slopes

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Straight up to gap between blocks at top via undercling.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Ascend via slot chiseled in lowest course of blocks.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Straight up from standing on stump.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Right end of cliff just right of stump, up to the protruding blocks.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Easily up the broken stone wall.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

Traverse length of wall between blocks with feet under 1m in obvious break and hands at about 2m.

FA: Graham Dowden, 2017

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