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Bob's Hollow

  • Grades: AU
  • Approach time: 5- 60 minutes
  • Photos: 18
  • Ascents: 854

Summary

Steep Limestone next to the ocean. Spectacular views and probably the best limestone currently available in WA.

Description

A sports crag on steep to over hung limestone, with solid (mostly) stalactites and stalagmites 100m from the Indian Ocean.The rock is fantastic to climb on on although there are some sandy sections, and the upper parts of the climbs may be quite sharp.

Access issues

The crag is in the Leeuwin- Naturaliste National Park. Whilst the local rangers seem to be quite unsure if climbing is allowed without a permit, it may be wise to contact the DPAW office in Busselton. This is a national park and no fires, no camping and no dogs rules apply in this area. Please take a litter bag and ensure all litter is removed. The current status of this crag is tolerated but not sanctioned so vital that all climbers are seen to be doing the right thing.

Approach

2WD (RECOMMENED): 1st option: Follow Caves Rd south and turn onto Contos Rd. Follow this till you reach Contos Spring. Park here and walk northwards along the beach for around 45 minutes. Once you reach the second rocky outcrops entering the ocean, take the track that heads inland towards a large cave. Once at the cave/ cliff face turn right and follow this to a juction. Take the right option which remains at the base of the cliffs and walk for under 5 minutes. When you reach the bolts in the cliff you are there!

2nd Option: On Contos Rd park at the Cape to Cape walking track. Take this track northwards for roughly 45 minutes. It will follow the ridge line until it descends to the junction at the base of the cliffs previously mentioned. Turn left when you reach the track junction and walk for a few more minutes.

3rd Option: Alternately, and the approach we use is to park at Redgate beach and follow the cape to cape south. It's about the same walk in as above but offers shade and is far closer than the contos Rd option, about 20kms less driving from Margaret River. Starting at redgate carpark cross the beach and just follow the cape to cape track.

4WD (REALLY REALLY NOT RECOMMENDED): Travel south on Caves Rd for 2.5 km from the Caves Rd/ Redgate Rd junction. Take the 4WD track on you right which is just before the cave access road for Calgardup Cave. Travel along the track (Bob's Hollow Rd) for around 3km until its end. From the end of the track follow the walking track to the base of the cliffs which takes you to the cave just north of Bob's Hollow. Keep following the track southwards until you reach the track junction previously mentioned. THE TRACK IS VERY SCTACHY; SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR SHINY PAINT JOB. IT’S ALSO VERY ROCKY WHICH GETS WORSE AND WORSE AS YOU TRAVEL ALONG IT. EVEN A RAISED 4WD WILL STRUGGLE NOT TO CLIP SOME OF THE LARGE PROTRUDING ROCKS ON THE ROAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Where to stay

Contos campground is the closest legitimate choice, although it has been known for people to camp in the cave to the north of Bob's Hollow, although this is strictly prohibited by DPAW.. Contos Campground also links up to the Cape to Cape walking track. https://parkstaybookings.dbca.wa.gov.au/availability/?site_id=121&arrival=2018%2F01%2F28&departure=2018%2F02%2F02&gear_type=all&num_adult=2&num_child=0&num_concession=0&num_infant=0 The is also plenty of other accommodation in the region with Margaret River close by. A new camp ground has opened up nearby, just off caves road at the old saw mill. https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/read/new-campground-margaret-river-region-ready-bookings

Ethic

Bob's Hollow is a sports crag and it seems many routes have been rebolted in the last year or two (2012- 2013). Chalk seems to be widely used.

History

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Earliest climb seems to be from 1994.

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Routes

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Start 4m left of Constructive Vandalism on sequency pockets. Clim over bulge with long moves and traverse right to join anchors of Constructive Vandalism

Clip first high bolt and continue up jugs, some of which have big moves in between. 5BR & DBB

Climb line of ringbolts immediately right of Constructive Vandalism. Thought provoking moves halfway up will result in glory or failure. 5BR & DBB. A great climb to warm up on.

Start 2m right of Puk Puk Sen. Climb past cave into juggy finish.

Left of the fin as you are facing wall, then steep crux ending. Originally Fin, graded 17, but has now been extended into the steep stuff and renamed as Thyeses Feast.

Goes up right of the large fin feature following a line of bolts. 7BR & DBB

Start 2m right of Fin Right. Long sustained climbing will get you to a cave. Deduct one style point if you get inside and rest. Either continue up small holds on left, or dyno to finishing jugs. 7BR & DBB

Head up pillar right of Dependence Day to reach steep ground. Continue up small pockets to a sustained and pumpy finale. The proudest line at Bob's Hollow and many peoples first 25. 6BR & DBB

Run up the pillar and continue directly up. Figure out the pocketed section and arrive at cave. Continue out of cave to a hard-to-clip anchor. 7BR & DBB. Shares the first 2 bolts with Hollow Promises.

Start right of pillar on jugs. A sling can be used at top of pillar to protect moves to first bolt. Traverse right to difficult clip, then continue up between stalagtites to anchors. Find those knee-bars!

An intimidating line starting 10m right of ‘Altered States’ on right side of cave. Up massive pillar to thread, through a series of stalactites and overhang to a crows nest and continue to lower off at top of cliff. 1 fixed thread and 7BR to DBB. Use 60cm sling on first bolt to reduce rope drag.

FA: J. Hollongworth, Feb 2015

Starts a few meters right of The Power of Negative Thinking. 5BR and DBB

Up left side of pillar on jugs to a massive 'do or die' finish. 4BR & DBB

Start on left trending flack system 5m right of Firepower. Climb up jugs to first bolt. With lots of style and power, throw yourself up to the headwall and continue up to anchors. 6BR & DBB

Links the start of Spatula man into Toy shopping via some large moves on stonka holds. Has one independent bolt. Finish at Toy Shopping Anchors. 7BR & DBB

Short and technical climbing on small holds. 4BR & DBB

Start right of ‘Spatular Man’ on the ledge 3m above however belay from the ground. Stay left of the bolts. Some reachy moves and hold searching required. 5BR & DBB

FA: J. Hollingworth & O. Morell, Jan 2014

Sramble onto the ledge and climb the easy slab. 4BR & DBB. Fixed carabiners at top makes this a great climb for those just starting to lead.

FA: rob crowder, 2014

Starts just right of Export Bogans. High first bolt however the first bolt of Export Bogans can be used, and is recommended. Fixed carabiners at top makes it ideal for those just starting to lead.. 5RB & DBB

FA: rob crowder, 2014

Start at the far left of the sandy cave containing Mixed Grill. Steep, juggy and an uber classic crux. Extra hardman points for the onsight. 5BR & DBB

FA: Kate Swain & N. Gledhill, 2007

Pitch 1 (20) - Start in left side of the cave and climb up large holds over stalagmites and traverse leftwards and over over roof with difficulty to hanging belay. 7BR & DBB.

Pitch 2 (22) - Continue left over sharp rock and strenuous climbing to anchor. Rap off anchor. 60m rope easily brings you to the ground. 7BR & DBB

Can be done as one long pitch with a 70m rope.

FA: Regan Witham, 1994

Shares first 2 bolts of Sunset Cruise, then tends left up obvious ramp. 7BR & DBB

FA: George Firth & Mick Dempsey, 2 Sep 2008

First route at the crag. Belay comprises 1 BR and natural gear

A crag classic and a WA test piece for the grade. Start up line of bolts between large feature with small holds.A technical start and a leftward traverse precedes a glorious juggy finish. Well protected. 8BR & DBB

One for the bone crushers. Not sure if it's been done since a hold was broken off many moons ago. Great looking line on great rock!

FA: Pat Turner

Rope slings and 3 bolts. First FH is at exit from last cave. 3rd bolt (also FH) is an on the traverse left to the anchors of Shaved Cat, about half way along and quite low. Needs new slings and to be re bolted, probably not worth the effort.

FA: Ross Weiter, 1998

Terrible bolt placement makes this questionable for top rope.

Poor bolt placement makes this another questionable climb.

A popular route for those looking for a more moderate grade. Gets sharp at the top. Crux is well protected and a great climb for those that are just starting at the pointy end of the rope.

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