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Description

The cave faces SSW so it never actually gets the sun on it making it great for summer and winter alike. The cave is so large that it never gets wet in the rain but it does seep occasionally. While there is one "crumbly" section of rock the majority of the crag is some of the best quality sandstone in Sydney. There are lovely sandy landings under every problem but beware of the broken glass - the sand has been completely raked twice by the developers but local hooligans ensure it returns every time!

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Approach

Turn into Starkey St, Killarney Heights, off Warringah Rd and follow it for about a km then turn right into Connemara Rd. At the end turn right again into Killarney Dr, follow it for 100m and park on the grass on the left at the top of the Mosman Rowing Club steps. Follow these steps down for about 50m to the Flat Rock walking track and turn right along the track. After about 50m you'll see the headwall of a big cave up on your right and a faint track heading up the hill to it. This is it.

There are more direct paths that can be taken from the parking but with a crashpad they are pretty dangerous so the above approach is suggested.

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Ethic inherited from North Shore

Respecting the enviroment and keeping crags clean will maintain a healthy and important relationship between the climbing community, local councils and National Parks. Carry out what you take in and enjoy what the North Shore has to offer.

If you come across an area that is being developed or you think could be under development, please show all due respect to the developers and do not climb the projects listed on thecrag.com.

History

Crumbly was first developed as a climbing crag by Peter Martin et al but they overlooked the big horizontal roof starts to all the routes opting for cheater stones and jump starts. It was so named because of a large crumbly section on the right where there was no climbing possible. Then Mike and Dave Kellermann independently discovered the crag on one of their regular boat trips up middle harbour and with the help of Tim O'Neill they realised the potential it held for great boulder problems. There are about 10 problems now ranging from V5 to V13. All the problems are steep and the best are actually horizontal - Chaos and Disorder V11? and Anorexic V5 are arguably the best problems for their style and grade in Sydney!

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Routes

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1
V6 Nasty Boulder 3m

Start on two underclings at the far left side. Make a big move and head up and slightly left to finish. Don't dab the tree! Not great.

FA: D.Kellerman, 2000

2

Start as for Nasty but continue up passed its finishing holds and traverse high and right to end up on the finish holds of genesis

3
V11 Urban Koala Boulder 4m

FA: Tom Farrell

4
V13 *** Genesis Boulder

Start on the big flake jug and make a very tough move up using the tiny crimp. A heel thrown onto the rail of 'Sushi Train' appears to help.

FA: D.Kellerman, 2000

5
V13 Genius Boulder

Start 'Abacus' finish 'Genesis'.

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2008

6
V13 to V14 Catalyst Boulder

"9 moves all up. Hard to grade." Mushi Brain finishing up Genesis

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2007

7
V8 *** Sushi Train Boulder

Start on the big undercling with your feet on the back wall and blast straight up, finishing matched on the huge jug left of the spike. Crafty toe-hooks are the key.

FA: S.Langris/T.O'Neill, 2000

9
V11 *** Mushi Brain Boulder

Start as for Nasty and make big moves out rightwards, finishing up 'Sushi Train'. Pumpy.

FA: T O'Neill, 2000

10
V9 ** Flame Boulder

A.k.a. Phlegm starting at Sushi Train.

After the crux of Sushi Train bust out right to finish up Abacus.

11
V12 Phlegm Boulder

Link 'Mushi Brain' into the last two moves of 'Abacus'

FA: J.Scarborough, 2000

12
V12 *** Abacus Boulder

Start on the undercling just right of Sushi Train's start and power up using the obvious poor pinch.

FA: T.O'Neill, 2000

13
V11 Abacus(stand) Boulder

Standing Start

FA: T.O'Neill, 2000

14

Extension to 'Abacus'. Need some spotters and mats for this one, its high and dynamic moves above your spotters heads.

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2008

15
V13 Sugoi Boulder

Links 'Mushi Brain' into start of 'Abacus'.

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2007

16
V14 to V15 Progressive Aggression Boulder

'Sugoi' into 'Logical Progression'.

Or start 'Mushi Brain' into 'Abacus' finishing high.

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2008

17
V11 ** Life changes Boulder

Start as for Sushi Train, then traverse backwards through Mushi Brain to finish up Nasty.

18
V10 *** Chaos and Disorder Boulder

Start of the underclings and make some bizarre contortions (including doing a full 180 degree spin) through the roof. Probably one of the coolest and most unique problems in Sydney.

FA: D.Kellerman, 2000

19
V8 *** Black Magic Boulder

Start on the big undercling in front of 'Mull up'. Launch out through the roof and link into the last few moves of 'Anorexic'. Double toe-hooks are the trick for the funky 'drop down' move.

FA: M.Kellerman, 2000

20
V9 *** Blacker Magic Boulder

Link 'Black Magic' into the finish of 'Exodus'.

21
V8 White magic Boulder

Anorexic finishing on the start hold of Black Magic

22
V5 *** Anorexic Boulder 4m

The warm up. And one of the best problems of this grade & style. Start at the back wall and pull straight out the roof, passing the big hole, make a long throw and finish MATCHED on the huge jug. Hold that swing!

FA: T.O'Neill, 2000

23

After reaching the finishing jug, keep going a few moves further and finish on an even higher jug, up and left of the spike on 'Exodus'. Scary!

24

Link the Traverse into 'Anorexic' and finish as for the 'Anorexic' extension. V7' ish but probably deserves a sport grade.

25
V10 Exodus Boulder

Start slighty right of 'Anorexic'. Move through the roof with your hands staying clear of the holds on 'Anorexic' although your feet may stray over. Keep going past the old bolt and slap up the sloping prow to finish on the the big spike. Unrepeated since a hold broke?

FA: T.O'Neill, 2000

26
V8 ** Anorexodus Boulder

Link 'Anorexic' into the finish of 'Exodus'.

27
V6 The Traverse Boulder

Start a few metres right (just before the rock gets bad) and traverse left into the start of 'Anorexic'.

FA: T.O'neill, 2000

28
V5 Genicus Boulder

Low start on crimp rail straight up to finish matched on slopey rail. Cleaned up nicely.

FA: marc landers, 2015

29

Start at Genicus and go up through crimp rail to slopey rail. Traverse rightwards till the holds end then make a big move out to jug in the roof.

FA: Phil Neville, 2015

30
V10 Leviticus Boulder

Sit start on an incut RH crimp and LH slopey crimp. Go up to the break and traverse right to the big bucket jug. Head straight out the roof to the last jug via some big spans.

FA: Mattias Braach-Maksvytis

31
V12 The Prow Boulder

FA: Chris Webb Parsons

32
V3 Get down on it Boulder 3m

Sit start on undercling. Finish matched on sloper to right.

33

A sit start problem near the bottom of the dicey access gully

FA: Kyle Dunsire, 2000

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