The Big Pump All bouldering

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Summary

This area consists of overhangs and ceilings. An amazing area for any level of boulder. Stays perfectly dry in the wet.

Description

An overhanging cave with a fine red dust that sticks to everything. Has a high grunge factor. It used to be a favourite training ground in the 80's for developing endurance. The traverse from left to right - The Big Pump - is around 28.

Only a few of the main problems are shown and there are zillion variants.

Excellent in summer and also in wet weather. For some obscure reason it doesn't tend to suffer from seepage after rain

Access issues

Keep in mind, if you crossed the river to get to the crag and it's raining remember the water levels could rise over the several hours you're bouldering there. This could result in an alternate exit route being devised.

Approach

From the corner of Blaxland Rd and Terrace Rd Killara walk through Allen Park and follow the track down to the creek. Take care crossing the creek and immediately follow the shore line to your right. The first cave you get to is the Lower Cave with some ceiling problems to master.

From the Lower Cave you can see the main attraction if you look up and to your right. Walk and scramble up to it.

Be prepared for two things...red dust and The Big Pump.

History

Steve Knight discovered this in the early 80's. Geoff Weigand used to train here with a weight belt which is how he probably destroyed his elbows.

Routes

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1
V1 Lower Cave A Boulder

Traverse upside down through the roof above the ledge.

2
V3 Lower Cave B Boulder

From the back of the cave follow the slots out through the roof.

3
V3 2 Boulder 3m

Start below the beginning of Mummy Dust and dyno your way up to a good jug near the first manky bolt. The arete and big break are off, as is matching hands.

4
V1 Warm Up Traverse Boulder 7m

Start as for Mummy Dust but go high to the start of The High Traverse.

5

The classic training problem. Usually done left to right. If you don't rest in the little cave it is apparently equivalent to a 28.

6
V7 The High Traverse Boulder

A series of desperate iron crosses that links into Mummy Dust.

7
V0 3 Boulder

Up via the big undercling hole.

8
V2 4 Boulder

Layaway to layaway to jug.

9
V5 The Ramp Boulder
10
V1 6 Boulder

Yet another dyno.

11
V1 7 Boulder

Traverse left and up out of the cave. Heel hooking is off.

12
V2 8 Boulder

Traverse right out of the cave.

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