Bob's Hollow Mostly sport climbing

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Summary

Steep Limestone next to the ocean.

Description

A sports crag on steep to vertical 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 CALM office in Busselton.

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.

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 Calganup Cave. Travel along the track (Bob's Hollow Rd) for around 3km until its end. From the end of the track follow the walking to the base of the cliffs which takes you to the cave just north of Bob's Hollow. Keep folling the track southwards until you reach the track junction previously mentioned. THE TRACK IS 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 not 'permitted' by CALM. Contos Campground also links up to the Cape to Cape walking track. The is also plenty of other accommodation in the region with Margaret River close by.

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

Earliest climb seems to be from 1994.

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Routes

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18 Shark Skin Top rope 15m
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23 Elongate Sport 6

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

3

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

4
20 ** Puk Puk Sen Sport 15m, 5

5 bolts to loweroff. Climb line of ringbolts immediately right of Constructive Vandalism. Thought provoking moves halfway up will result in glory or failure.

5
21 * Black Lung Sport 15m

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

6
19 * Thyeses Feast Sport 15m

Left of the fin as you are facing wall, then steep crux ending

7
17 * Fin Sport 20m

Has been extended into the steep stuff and renamed as Thyeses Feast

8
19 ** Fin Right Sport 20m

Goes up right of the large fin feature following a line of bolts.

9
22 * Dependence Day Sport 20m

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.

10
25 *** Hollow Promises Sport 25m
11

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

12
23 *** Altered States Sport 25m
13
25 *** Bottomfeeder Sport 15m
14
23 * Fire Power Sport 20m

Up left side of pillar on jugs to a massive 'do or die' finish

15
26 *** Toy Shopping Sport 20m, 5

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.

16
26 * Spatula Man Sport 15m
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21 * The Scream Sport 13m, 5

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.

FA: J. Hollingworth and O. Morell, 2014

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17 * Clever Trevor Sport 20m
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14 Export Bogans Sport 20m
20

FA: Kate Swain

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22 ** Mixed Grill Sport 45m

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. Rap off here or continue left over sharp rock and strenuous climbing to anchor. Rap off anchor. 60m rope easily brings you to the ground.

FA: Regan Witham, 1994

22
18 Escalade De Rasoir Sport 25m

Shares first 2 bolts of Sunset Cruise, then tends left up obvious ramp. 7 bolts plus double loweroff.

FA: George Firth, Mick Dempsey, 2008

23
18 * Sunset Cruise Sport 40m
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20 *** Shaved Cat Sport 20m

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.

25
18 Juggernaut Sport 25m

rope slings and bolts

27
18 * Stalagasaurus Sport 40m
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17 Lover's Nuts Sport 25m

nice, gets sharp at the top, easy to get tied up just below the nuts

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