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A different start to 'Pterodactyl', starting 1m R.

Only minimally different to the standard 'Pterodactyl' and traverses L to join the usual route at halfway.

"I only got interested in leading the FFA of this route because it makes me the only person I know who can claim to have freed a Hot Henry Barber top-rope problem!" (Mick Woodrow)

Ethic: inherited from Kangaroo Point

Climbing at 'KP' has a long, rich history and the cliffs are used by a huge number of climbers of very varied styles and abilities. For these reasons ethics here are complicated. However here are some undisputed points:

  • Avoid lowering off directly through the anchors. All lowering off and top roping should be through quickdraws attached to the anchors. If you are last then rethread and rap off to avoid wearing the anchors.
  • Don't ever chip holds.
  • Don't paint on any new initials.
  • Retrobolting is acceptable only after consensus is reached with a large cross section of the 'KP' climbing community. New bolts that don't meet this criteria are chopped, often within a few days.

Route History:

  • First Ascent: 'Hot' Henry Barber, 1975

    Top rope

  • First Free Ascent: Michael Woodrow & Darren Holloway, 1985


Long/Lat: 153.033453,-27.480009

Route Grade Citations

20 R Community registered grade
20 Kangaroo Point Climbing Guide
20 Kangaroo Point
20 R ACA Route Register

Route quality

Route quality

Overall quality score: 36%

Lead Styles

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